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March 04, 2017 - 8:47 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In this week's New York state government news, lawmakers discuss the state's response to what they say is a rash of hate crimes. The state Senate's Independent Democrats are proposing legislation to increase penalties for graffiti on religious properties and desecration of...
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Delegates from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2017. China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 04, 2017 - 2:23 am
BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues. Total defense spending would account for about 1...
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Delegates from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2017. China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 04, 2017 - 1:01 am
BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. Total defense spending would account for about 1.3 percent of projected gross domestic project in 2017, said Fu Ying...
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Bus ushers jump as they pose for photographs in front of the Great Hall of the People during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Friday, March 3, 2017. Thousands of delegates have gathered at the Chinese capital for the opening of the annual session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which advises the rubberstamp parliament, whose annual session begins Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 03, 2017 - 10:51 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China says its defense budget will rise by about 7 percent in 2017, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. The precise figure will be provided by Premier Li Keqiang in his address Sunday morning at the opening of the legislature's annual session. Depending on...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
March 03, 2017 - 10:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the...
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March 02, 2017 - 4:55 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a 750-mile trail system. The Democrat announced in January that his state budget proposal would include a plan to complete and connect two...
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President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., hosts a meeting with House and Senate leadership, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 02, 2017 - 3:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to meet with sailors and shipbuilders on an aircraft carrier in Virginia as he promotes his plans for a major buildup of the nation's military. Trump is traveling Thursday to Newport News to deliver a speech aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9...
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March 02, 2017 - 12:51 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a 750-mile trail system. The Democrat announced in January that his state budget proposal would include a plan to complete and connect two...
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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Cullerton abruptly canceled key votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
March 01, 2017 - 8:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making. Senate President John Cullerton of...
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Trader Peter Tuchman wears a "Dow 21,000" hat as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Stocks opened strongly higher on Wall Street, led by big gains in banks as investors expected interest rates to rise. The early jump Wednesday put the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 01, 2017 - 12:59 pm
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks sharply higher in early afternoon trading Wednesday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time. Energy and materials companies were also among the big gainers, while utilities stocks lagged. The rally came a...
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