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Tue. 8:44 a.m.: May’s hopes for Brexit deal punctured by attorney general

LONDON (AP) — Britain's attorney general punctured Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of winning backing for her Brexit deal Tuesday, saying last-minute changes secured from the European Union didn't give Britain the power to cut itself free of ties to the bloc. Geoffrey Cox said changes ...

Mon. 7:22 p.m.: Lakeview selects new school superintendent

CORTLAND - Velina Jo Taylor has been named superintendent of Lakeview Schools. The Lakeview Board of Education made the selection Monday during its meeting. Taylor, superintendent of Brookfield Schools, assumes the Lakeview position on Aug. 1.

Mon. 2:30 p.m.: Trump’s record $4.7 trillion budget relies on strong growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 today, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years. The deficit ...

Mon. 2:25 p.m.: Dems pick Milwaukee for 2020 convention over Miami, Houston

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democrats picked Milwaukee on today to host their 2020 national convention, setting up the party's standard-bearer to accept the presidential nomination in the heart of the old industrial belt that delivered Donald Trump to the White House. Democratic National Committee ...

Mon. 9:47 a.m.: US retail sales up 0.2 pct., consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market. Retail sales increased just 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, after a sharp fall of 1.6 ...

Mon. 9:34 a.m.: Analysis: 2020 Democrats aim to make inroads in rural America

AN ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS ANALYSIS: DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix ...

Mon. 9:12 a.m.: Powell says Trump’s attacks played no role in rate pause

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says political attacks by President Donald Trump played no role in the Fed's decision in January to signal that it planned to take a pause in hiking interest rates. He also said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he can't be fired by ...

Mon. 8:57 a.m.: More Boeing Max 8 planes grounded after crash

BEIJING (AP) — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes today after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday is ...

Mon. 8:52 a.m.: World shares mostly higher as China-US trade talks drag on

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Europe today, tracking gains in Asia as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Boeing shares were predicted to fall at the open on Wall Street after the crash Sunday of a 737 Max 8 plane in Ethiopia that ...

Mon. 8:48 a.m.: Trump’s budget sets up another border battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle. Budget documents like the one Trump is ...

Mon. 8:46 a.m.: Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — One of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother by smearing VX nerve agent on his face was freed today after Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and her Vietnamese ...

Fri. 12:32 p.m.: Howland school searched following threat

HOWLAND - Police officers walked through Howland Middle School at 6:30 a.m. today looking for any sign of danger to students or faculty due to rumors of an unsubstantiated bomb threat that spread through social media Thursday. The search lasted about 30 minutes and nothing was found. The ...

Fri. 9:09 a.m.: US adds just 20K jobs; unemployment dips to 3.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half, according to federal figures released this morning. The sharp slowdown in hiring, which might have been worsened by unseasonably cold weather, ...

Fri. 9:04 a.m.: US housing starts climbed 18.6 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months. The Commerce Department said this morning that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 ...

Fri. 8:56 a.m.: Live feeds and GPS: Rugged Iditarod has high-tech support

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Far from competitors tackling the frozen wilderness in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a dozen people are holed up inside an Anchorage hotel behind banks of computers, tracking the punishing route and connecting with global fans seeking a real-time link to the ...

Fri. 8:37 a.m.: Trump budget to include $100M for Ivanka’s women’s fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women's fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump. A White House official told The Associated Press that the budget, expected to be released Monday, will include the funding for the ...

Fri. 8:36 a.m.: May says UK may never leave EU if her deal rejected

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is warning lawmakers that if they reject her Brexit divorce deal next week, Britain may never leave the European Union. British legislators are due to vote Tuesday on the agreement, which they have already rejected once. May has been seeking ...