- Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes Updated: Feb-11-16 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.
- Cuomo welcomes Italian president to NY, plans trade mission Updated: Feb-11-16 12:23 pm
NEW YORK - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will lead a trade trip to Italy, a country that he says has a special relationship with his state and the nation.
- BMW exports almost $10B of cars from SC in 2015 Updated: Feb-11-16 7:40 am
GREER, South Carolina - BMW exported almost $10 billion worth of vehicles from its assembly plant in Greer last year, remaining the nation's leading vehicle exporter in terms of the value of the vehicles.
- Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions Updated: Feb-10-16 9:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.
- Auto imports up for sixth year in a row at Rhode Island port Updated: Feb-10-16 1:42 pm
NORTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the Port of Davisville had another record-breaking year in 2015 for automobile imports, the sixth consecutive year of increases.
- UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions Updated: Feb-09-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.
- Nebraska company to ship beef to Israel, officials say Updated: Feb-09-16 6:08 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska authorities say a Hastings company will be sending the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since Israel banned U.S. beef imports more than a dozen years ago.
- Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations Updated: Feb-09-16 5:16 am
In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.
- US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China Updated: Feb-09-16 4:14 am
WASHINGTON - North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development - China.
- REC Silicon to close temporarily Updated: Feb-08-16 6:06 pm
MOSES LAKE, Washington - The big REC Silicon factory in Moses Lake is shutting down its production for the next few months.
- Jordan: Promised trade perks will help employ Syria refugees Updated: Feb-07-16 11:34 am
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's planning minister says his country has been promised easier trade terms by the international community, potentially generating large-scale investment and "hundreds of thousands of job opportunities."
- Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England Updated: Feb-07-16 9:08 am
BOSTON - Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.
- AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Updated: Feb-05-16 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest Democratic debate found Hillary Clinton in a defensive crouch about her Wall Street ties and making iffy claims about that longtime relationship. Rival Bernie Sanders offered a fumbling account of a campaign ad that boasted of endorsements that were bogus.
- US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession Updated: Feb-05-16 9:30 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.
- Missouri reaches $300 million trade deal with Peru Updated: Feb-04-16 6:48 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri and Peru have agreed to trade $300 million worth of products over the next four years.
- US, 11 other countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand Updated: Feb-03-16 8:14 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.
- Trade ministers sign pact focused on Asia-Pacific region Updated: Feb-03-16 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is applauding the signing of an ambitious free trade agreement among 12 countries that he says would support jobs in the United States.
- Californians want rum-crazy Cuba to start drinking wine Updated: Feb-03-16 9:39 am
HAVANA - The 3.5 million tourists who flooded Cuba last year downed oceans of mojitos, lakes of daiquiris and rivers of thin, sour beer. Only an odd few accompanied their ropa vieja and croquetas with wine - mostly overpriced, low- to mid-grade vintages from Chile, Argentina and Spain.
- High hopes, wide gulf as Obama, GOP look for common ground Updated: Feb-02-16 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON - Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama's final year? Don't get your hopes up.
- Missouri official signs $750M export agreement with Colombia Updated: Feb-02-16 4:01 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's economic development director has signed a $750 million export agreement with the country of Colombia.
- Mexico remittances nearly $24.8B in 2015, topping oil income Updated: Feb-02-16 3:52 pm
MEXICO CITY - The central bank reported Tuesday that money sent home by Mexicans overseas hit nearly $24.8 billion last year, overtaking oil revenues for the first time as a source of foreign income.
- US to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools Updated: Feb-02-16 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks.
- McAuliffe to speak at next month's agricultural trade event Updated: Feb-02-16 2:15 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce final figures for agricultural and forestry exports from Virginia last year at a conference next month.
- Arkansas governor reports more than $73K in trips accepted Updated: Feb-01-16 7:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in trips last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party picking up the tab for his three overseas trade missions, he reported in documents filed Monday.
- Tennessee GOP Rep. Fincher to retire Updated: Feb-01-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Tennessee GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher announced Monday that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term.