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Protections for immigrants erode under Trump since inaugural

Immigration Separated Families

Erosion of immigrant protections began when Trump took office and continued for months.

National

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2018. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 6:07 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it. On...


Government

Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president is jolting relationships with some of America’s longest and strongest allies. Amid concerns over Trump’s apparent desire to be cozy with the Russian leader, he is pursuing...


Business

California utility expects to pay $2.5 billion for wildfires

Northern California Wildfires Utility

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California utility said Thursday that it expects to pay at least $2.5 billion in connection with deadly wildfires that whipped through wine country last October — some of them ignited by its fallen power lines. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also warned that its...


Business

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

China US Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products. Now, the world is punching back. The European Union is set Friday to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American...


Business

OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

OPEC Meeting

Officials from major oil-producing nations are expected to agree this week to boost output, but just how much they will open the spigot — and the effect on oil prices — remain wild cards. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC nations led by Russia are...


Business

Latest: Trump calls sales tax ruling 'victory for fairness'

Supreme Court Sales Tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax (all times local): 5:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is commenting on a Supreme Court decision that may result in shoppers getting charged sales tax on more online purchases. The high...


National Business

Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers

Tariffs Whiskey

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Much of the rye whiskey aging in hundreds of barrels at Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia could end up being consumed in Europe, a market the 9-year-old distilling company has cultivated at considerable cost. But an escalating trade dispute has the distillery’s co-founder...


Business

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

Supreme Court Sales Tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states. Consumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online...


Business

What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax

Supreme Court Sales Tax

NEW YORK (AP) — Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases that come from states where they don’t have any shops, offices or warehouses. Before...


National Business

Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks’ losses from credit cards increased in the latest “stress tests,” however. The first round of the central bank’s annual stress tests show...


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