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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell arrives to a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, in Washington. Powell says the economy is in a "good place" at the moment with low unemployment and inflation rising toward the Fed's optimal range. But he says rising trade tensions and higher tariffs could end up being a drag on growth. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 12, 2018 - 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the economy is in a "good place" at the moment with low unemployment and inflation rising toward the Fed's optimal range. But he says rising trade tensions and higher tariffs could end up being a drag on growth. In an...
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July 12, 2018 - 5:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a federal judge's dismissal of its objections to AT&T's megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal. The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by...
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Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon, and campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt arrive at Nixon's campaign headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
July 12, 2018 - 5:21 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot in her effort to oust two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The number of signatures collected by the "Sex and the City" star and political activist is more than four times the...
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This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels. Daniels was arrested at a Columbus, Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)
July 12, 2018 - 5:20 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against Stormy Daniels just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an Ohio strip club. Her attorney said she was "set up" in...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feinstein is tapping into her political rolodex to convince California Democratic Party leaders to not formally endorse a candidate in her race against fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon. She says it's to avoid an intraparty fight, but her effort if successful will thwart her longshot rival's very real change at capturing the party nod when the committee votes Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
July 12, 2018 - 5:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is tapping into her political Rolodex to convince California Democratic Party leaders to not formally endorse a candidate in her November race against fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon. She says it's to avoid an intraparty fight, but her effort if...
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A large swath of downtown Sun Prairie remains closed Wednesday morning, July 11, 2018 in the wake of a gas leak explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a downtown Sun Prairie bar, caused a massive fire at a pizza restaurant, killed a firefighter and and injured more than a dozen other people. Firefighters remained on the scene. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
July 12, 2018 - 4:42 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A communications company said Thursday that a subcontractor was working "on site" before an explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter this week. Authorities have said a crew punctured a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday, resulting in an explosion that...
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FILE - This Feb. 15, 2018, file photo shows a McDonald's Restaurant in Brandon, Miss. Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches, limiting their wages and job opportunities, under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the binding agreements with companies including Arby’s, Jimmy John’s and Cinnabon, at a news conference Thursday, July 12, 2018. McDonald's also signed on, but previously announced plans to end the practice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
July 12, 2018 - 4:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced binding agreements...
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Trader Patrick Casey, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Stocks are opening higher as technology companies rally. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
July 12, 2018 - 4:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies soared Thursday as major U.S. stock indexes recovered the ground they lost a day earlier. The Nasdaq composite closed at another all-time high. Big names like Apple and Microsoft and chipmakers including Intel all made big gains as investors remain optimistic...
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July 12, 2018 - 4:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is tapping into her political rolodex to convince California Democratic Party leaders to not formally endorse a candidate in her race against fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon. She says it's to avoid an intraparty fight, but her effort if successful...
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July 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state board plans to hear a man's request to change the name of Mount Ascutney (ah-SKUT'-nee) because it's a made-up name. Hartland resident Rob Hutchins says he recently discovered the name Ascutney is made up and the original name of the summit was Kaskadenak, which...
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