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Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.



Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange.



Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.



Trump Org scraps plans for 2 hotel chains, blaming politics

Posted 2/15/2019 in National

President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment.



Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

Posted 2/15/2019 in National

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.



Border security brawl seems near a serene resolution

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he's demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend.



School massacre 1 year later: A time to remember the victims

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career.



Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

European plane maker Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world's biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry's most ambitious and most troubled endeavors.



China, US open trade talks as Beijing says exports rebound

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

U.S. and Chinese negotiators opened talks Thursday on a sprawling trade dispute as Beijing reported its January exports rebounded despite President Donald Trump's tariff hikes.



Unhappy with deal, Trump still doesn't expect a new shutdown

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he's been demanding for his Mexican border wall.



National debt hits new milestone, topping $22 trillion

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time.



Trump calls Rep. Omar apology about Israel remark 'lame'

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so.



Mayor says New Orleans 'more than prepared for Mardi Gras'

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

As New Orleans prepares for the height of the Carnival season, the city's mayor outlined security and infrastructure preparations and said the city is "more than prepared for Mardi Gras 2019."



Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

At some of the nation's largest universities, the vast majority of sexual assaults take place not in dorm rooms or anywhere else on school property but in the neighborhoods beyond campus boundaries, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.



A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

Posted 2/13/2019 in National

The clash over free trade in North America has long been fought over familiar issues: Low-paid Mexican workers. U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Canada's high taxes on imported milk and cheese.



Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks.



Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer -- a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers -- signaled he might be open to a plea deal.



Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Posted 2/12/2019 in National

Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have concluded that the brother of the Amazon CEO's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.



Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

As the White House refused to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again, negotiators clashed over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise Congress can accept.



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