- Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders Updated: Feb-13-16 3:07 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.
- Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am
MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.
- AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan Updated: Feb-12-16 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan.
- Israel says EU relations 'friendly' again after label spat Updated: Feb-12-16 12:06 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.
- Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya Updated: Feb-12-16 11:07 am
NYAHURURU, Kenya - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.
- Congress bans import of forced labor products Updated: Feb-12-16 3:19 am
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.