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  • new storyVietnam seems big winner in US-anchored Pacific trade deal story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:56 am

    HONG KONG - An ambitious Pacific Rim trade deal anchored by the U.S. promises to boost the economies of its 12 participating countries by opening their markets to one another, but not all the gains will be spread evenly.

  • Biden backing Asia trade pact despite union opposition story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:24 am

    WASHINGTON - Labor groups have a warning for Vice President Joe Biden as he lobbies for a major trade pact with Asia: We won't forget this if you run for president.

  • As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:20 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked." Clinton described the president's immigration strategy as "harsh and aggressive." And as Obama tries to rally Democrats around the chief economic proposal of his second term, the party's presidential front-runner stayed conspicuously silent.

  • Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.

  • US commerce secretary in Cuba for talks on improving trade 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:53 pm

    HAVANA - The U.S. commerce secretary arrived in Cuba on Tuesday for talks about steps taken by President Barack Obama to ease the trade embargo against the communist-ruled island.

  • US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh.

  • Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task - selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public.

  • State approves Obamacare rate hikes for HMSA, Kaiser 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:40 pm

    HONOLULU - The state has approved rate hikes for members of Kaiser and the Hawaii Medical Service Association under Affordable Care Act plans.

  • Correction: Invasive Species-Lawsuit story story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 11:39 am

    TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - In a story Oct. 5 about a federal appeals court ordering the government to rewrite regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that challenged the rules. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council.

  • US trade deficit widens to $48.3 billion in August story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:22 am

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cellphones from China.

  • UK minister rejects EU migration pact, vows tighter borders 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 9:35 am

    LONDON - Britain will never "in a thousand years" agree to a common European immigration policy to deal with the surging number of refugees fleeing to the continent, a top government official declared Tuesday.

  • Groups plan appeal of ruling on Arizona immigration law 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:18 pm

    PHOENIX - A coalition of civil rights groups said Monday it will appeal a ruling by a judge who upheld the most contentious provisions of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law.

  • Tsipras urges reform as part of strategy to exit crisis story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 5:06 pm

    ATHENS, Greece - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisted Monday that the priority of his newly re-elected government is to deliver on its bailout promises so that the country can start tapping international bond markets for money by 2017.

  • Company announces plans for major LNG facility in Cameron 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 4:09 pm

    CAMERON, Louisiana - A Louisiana-based company says it plans to build a massive facility along the Calcasieu River ship channel to export liquefied natural gas.

  • What's in the defense bill for military and families? story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 3:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - Buried in the 1,915-page defense policy bill are significant changes that could affect more than 1 million members of the military and their families.

  • Bernanke defending Fed actions to battle recession 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 2:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy is outperforming Europe at the moment because the Fed moved more quickly and aggressively to fight the 2008 financial crisis than Europe did.

  • Iowa insurer Wellmark to sell policies on health exchange 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 1:55 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's dominant health insurer has agreed to start selling policies for 2017 that will qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the company announced Monday.

  • As cities prune email archives, transparency advocates worry 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 10:11 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Local governments around Minnesota are slimming email archives by setting strict limits on how long employees can keep messages.

  • Obama welcomes agreement on Trans Pacific trade deal 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 9:40 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is heralding an agreement on an ambitious Pacific Rim trade pact that he says "reflects America's values" and gives U.S. workers a fair shot at success.

  • Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 8:15 am

    WASHINGTON - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession.

  • 1965 Immigration Act, presented as symbolic, changed nation story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 1:12 pm

    NEW YORK - It was considered a symbolic move - President Lyndon Johnson going to the Statue of Liberty and signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America.

  • Public defender says court appointed defense pays little 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 11:10 am

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio public defender says qualified lawyers are increasingly cutting back on court-appointed work representing poor defendants, leaving that work to less-experienced attorneys.

  • Portugal: A look at the election of a new government 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:18 am

    LISBON, Portugal - Portugal holds a general election Sunday when the country's 9.7 million eligible voters choose a government for the next four years. Here are some of the issues:

  • Clinton campaign wants N. Carolina immigration bill vetoed 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:31 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign wants North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a measure that restricts acceptable identification documents for immigrants and prevents local policies directing police not to ask about a person's immigration status.