• Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time: source
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    Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time: source

    The confusion began when Trump said on Twitter that he had "ordered the withdrawal" of "additional large-scale sanctions" on North Korea that had been "announced today by the U.S. Treasury." But there were no new U.S. sanctions on North Korea announced on Friday, leading

  • 'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa
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    'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa

    BEIRA, Mozambique — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies. The confirmed number of people killed in Mozambique and neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi climbed past 600.Eight days after Cyclone Idai struck

  • Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in state adoptions
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    Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in state adoptions

    LANSING, Mich. — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a legal settlement announced Friday.The agreement was reached between Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel'

  • A look at Russians who became mixed up in Trump probe
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    A look at Russians who became mixed up in Trump probe

    MOSCOW — An investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into an elaborate Russian operation that sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and try to help Donald Trump win the White House has cast a spotlight on more than a dozen Russian nationals, including billionaires, an elusive

  • China chemical plant blast kills 62; Xi orders probe
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    China chemical plant blast kills 62; Xi orders probe

    The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was finally brought under control at 3 a.m. local time on Friday (1900 GMT), state television said. Survivors were taken to 16 hospitals with 640 people being treated for injuries

  • The Latest: Texas AG sues company over chemical plant fire
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    The Latest: Texas AG sues company over chemical plant fire

    HOUSTON — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local):5:30 p.m.The Texas Attorney General's office has sued the company that operates a Houston-area chemical plant where a fire burned for several days, leading to health and environmental

  • Treasury grants further relief on IRS withholding penalties
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    Treasury grants further relief on IRS withholding penalties

    The Treasury Department announced Friday that it is expanding again the relief it grants taxpayers who had too little in income taxes withheld from their paychecks in the first year of a sweeping tax overhaul. Treasury said that taxpayers will be able to avoid penalties for paying too little in taxes

  • Navajo Nation company ends bid to buy power plant, mine
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    Navajo Nation company ends bid to buy power plant, mine

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West will close this year as planned after a Navajo Nation company ended its long-shot bid Friday to acquire it.The Navajo Generating Station has operated for decades in northeastern Arizona near the Utah border, providing a hefty

  • Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine
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    Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

    PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday. It deals with the steps PolyMet must take to mitigate the project's effects on wetlands. The announcement

  • Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image
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    Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image

    The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John's in other ways. The company hopes O'Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the company's founder and namesake, John

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    Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

    Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that's starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of assuming that

  • Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws
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    Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

    Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an injunction Thursday blocking the laws, which GOP legislators quickly approved

  • Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe, delivers report
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    Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe, delivers report

    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency, entangled Trump's family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president's closest associates

  • Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela's Guaido
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    Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela's Guaido

    "It's absolutely important that it's not just talk - that there will be real investment," Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told reporters after the meeting. The nations have broken from other members of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, in their support for Guaido.

  • Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation
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    Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

    DAMASCUS, Syria — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday.The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat

  • Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board
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    Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst and frequent critic of the Federal Reserve, to fill a vacancy on the Fed's seven-member board. Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington political circles, served as an adviser

  • Returning to London, Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit
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    Returning to London, Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit

    After a bruising day in Brussels, May secured a two-week reprieve to try to get the deal she negotiated in November through parliament at a third attempt or face a potentially chaotic departure from the European Union as soon as April 12. EU leaders were clear that it was now up to the British parliament

  • Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood after court OK
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    Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood after court OK

    The Ohio Department of Health is ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group. The department notified recipients and contractors Thursday that it will end that funding

  • Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors
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    Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors

    Aid organizations such as the World Food Programme and Red Cross are delivering food, water, shelter and other basic supplies to the camp at Guara Guara, which was set up by the government, and scores of others like it in the flood zone around Beira. Camps like the one at Guara Guara, 45 km (30 miles

  • U.S. Treasuries signal trouble, stocks fall on global growth worries
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    U.S. Treasuries signal trouble, stocks fall on global growth worries

    After weak U.S. manufacturing and services data, U.S. Treasury 10-year note yields sank below three-month Treasury bill yields for the first time since 2007. Investors fled from riskier bets as a yield curve inversion is seen as a leading recession indicator. Earlier, German 10-year bond yields dived

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    Small solar storm coming to Earth but no big light show

    WASHINGTON — A small solar storm is heading toward Earth, but don't expect a big light show.

  • The Latest: EU gives UK leader May 2 Brexit deadlines
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    The Latest: EU gives UK leader May 2 Brexit deadlines

    BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May will be labouring against the odds once again to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal to a timetable dictated by the European Union.Almost three years after Britons voted to walk away from the

  • Spacewalking astronauts swap out space station's batteries
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    Spacewalking astronauts swap out space station's batteries

    Changing batteries in orbit took some huffing and puffing and some intricate manoeuvring by two spacewalkers Friday. But in the end, it went almost as smoothly as doing the chore back on Earth.NASA's Anne McClain and Nick Hague took 6 hours and 39 minutes to replace three old nickel-hydrogen batteries

  • Hundreds of thousands of Algerians rally against Bouteflika
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    Hundreds of thousands of Algerians rally against Bouteflika

    Despite heavy rain and cold weather, the turnout was as large as last Friday, as protesters carrying the national flag packed central Algiers, the scene of mass protests for a month. Bouteflika, 82 and rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke five years ago, bowed to the protesters last week by

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    Israeli forces kill two Gazans during border protest

    Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men on Friday and wounded 55 others taking part in weekly protests along the fortified Israel-Gaza border, the Palestinian health ministry said. Medical officials said two men aged 29 and 24 were killed by Israeli fire at two sites in central Gaza. The Israeli