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Fri. 8:47 a.m.: EU moves to limit steel flooding in due to US tariffs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is introducing new measures to prevent steel produced for the U.S. market from flooding into Europe instead because of tariffs introduced by President Donald Trump. The EU's executive Commission said today that "imports of steel products into the ...

Fri. 8:38 a.m.: US poised to announce withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to announce today that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose demise some analysts worry could fuel a new arms race. An American withdrawal, which has been ...

Fri. 8:29 a.m.: Hong Kong court denies male status to 3 transgender men

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's High Court refused today to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations. The ruling was seen as a blow to the fledgling LGBT movement in the semiautonomous ...

Fri. 8:27 a.m.: Turkish employee of US Consulate to go on trial in March

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is set to go on trial in March on charges of espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government, a court decided today. A court ruled to keep Metin Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, ...

Thu. 9:13 a.m.: Deep freeze expected to ease, but disruptions persist

CHICAGO (AP) — The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease today, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out. Disruptions caused by the cold will persist, too, ...

Thu. 8:56 a.m.: President Trump optimistic ahead of trade talks with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is voicing optimism before he meets with representatives from China for trade talks today. But Trump says "No final deal" will be made until he sits down again with Chinese President Xi Jinping "in the near future" to discuss "some of the long ...

Thu. 8:51 a.m.: Iran says US-sanctions workaround reached with EU

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Three European nations appeared poised today to announce they have created a way for Iran to continue trade with them and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions, two Iranian officials said, setting up a potential collision with President Donald Trump's maximalist approach against ...

Thu. 8:34 a.m.: Report: Afghan forces still shrinking, security gaps growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. These trends reflect what ...

Thu. 8:29 a.m.: Bangkok flies drones, warns of hardships in pollution battle

BANGKOK (AP) — A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes sprayed water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok today while the city's governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital. Unhealthy pollution levels forced city schools to ...

Thu. 8:21 a.m.: Foreign Secretary: Brexit may have to be delayed

LONDON (AP) — A key member of Prime Minister Theresa May's government acknowledged today that Britain's exit from the European Union may have to be delayed if negotiations on a divorce deal drag on. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that while it is difficult to know whether ...

UPDATE Wed. 1:38 p.m.: YSU cancels Thursday classes

YOUNGSTOWN - Classes at Youngstown State University are canceled Thursday, the second-straight day the school has canceled classes due to the weather. The university, however, will remain open Thursday. Non-essential employees are expected to report to work unless they use unscheduled leave, ...

Wed. 1:04 p.m.: All Pat Catan’s to close

WARREN - Craft and hobby retailer Michaels announced today all 36 Pat Catan's stores in Ohio and nearby states will close. There are two stores in the Mahoning Valley, at 1923 Ridge Ave. SE, Warren, and 1280 Doral Drive, Boardman. Michaels, however, intends to rebrand up to a dozen of the ...

Wed. 9:34 a.m.: Survey: Businesses added a strong 213,000 jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a solid 213,000 jobs in January, a private survey found, signaling that the partial government shutdown and trade war concerns that have roiled financial markets aren't discouraging companies from hiring more people. Payroll processor ADP said this ...

Wed. 9:02 a.m.: Deep freeze envelops Midwest, even stops the mail

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures this morning, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the ...

Wed. 8:57 a.m.: Trump Organization to use E-Verify for worker status checks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump Organization, responding to claims that some of its workers were in the U.S. illegally, said today that it will use the E-Verify electronic system at all of its properties to check employees' documentation. A lawyer for a dozen immigrant workers at the Trump ...

Wed. 8:39 a.m.: For US-China trade talks, hopes are high, expectations low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators start two days of high-level talks today aimed at settling a six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy. Yet the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution ...

Wed. 8:38 a.m.: May says UK mulling options to amend Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says her government hasn't decided exactly how it will try to change the European Union divorce deal to address concerns about the Irish border. Parliament voted Tuesday to replace a border measure in the agreement with unspecified ...

Wed. 8:49 a.m.: Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers’ border deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill negotiators say they are hopeful of reaching an agreement as they officially kick off talks today on a homeland security spending bill stalled over funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Left on their own, the seasoned House and Senate ...

Tues. 9 p.m.: List of school closings, other cancellations

The following school districts have announced a closure Wednesday: Austintown Bloomfield-Mespo Bristol Brookfield Brookfield United Methodist Preschool Champion College of Podiatric Medicine ETI Technical College Fairhaven School/ Workshop Girard Hiram College ...

Tues. 2:39 p.m.: Classes canceled at Kent regional campuses

WARREN - Kent State University at Trumbull, as well as six other regional campus sites, has canceled classes for Wednesday due to the expected extreme weather conditions. Other Kent campuses canceling classes Wednesday include Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark and ...