Government business and finance

President Donald Trump speaks after a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 07, 2019 - 11:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 5:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says the impeachment inquiry is a "scam" that is driving his poll numbers higher, but admits it "makes it harder to do my job." Still, Trump asserts he is...
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October 07, 2019 - 6:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government ran a budget deficit of just under $1 trillion in the just-closed fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The $984 billion deficit tally for 2019 came in more than $200 billion more than last year's, despite very low unemployment and continuing...
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after they signed a trade agreement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 07, 2019 - 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan signed a limited trade agreement Monday, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when President Donald Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office. U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in...
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko speaks during his and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics joint news conference following their talks in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 07, 2019 - 11:28 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine doesn't want to be dragged into U.S. political battles, the nation's foreign minister said Monday. A July 25 phone call in which U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Monday, following a healthy report on U.S. jobs, while investors cautiously awaited the upcoming trade talks between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
October 07, 2019 - 7:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed on Monday as investors cautiously awaited the outcome of trade talks between the U.S. and China. Shares in Asia closed mostly lower and Wall Street appeared headed for a drop on the open. U.S. futures pointed to early losses with the contract for the Dow...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his "Medicare for All" proposal at George Washington University in Washington. Sanders had a heart attack, his campaign confirmed Friday, Oct. 4, as the Vermont senator was released from a Nevada hospital. Sanders' campaign released a statement from the 78-year-old's Las Vegas doctors that said the senator was stable when he arrived Tuesday at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 07, 2019 - 6:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is unveiling a major campaign finance plan, continuing his 2020 presidential bid even as he's at home recuperating from a heart attack. The Vermont senator said Monday that as president he'd enact mandatory public financing laws for all federal elections and ban...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, customers shop near a section selling Marvel Avengers toys by American toymaker Hasbro at a toy store in Beijing. The nation's business economists think President Donald Trump's trade war with China will contribute to a sharp slowdown in economic growth this year and next, raising concerns about a possible recession starting late next year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 07, 2019 - 3:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists think President Donald Trump's trade war with China will contribute to a sharp slowdown in economic growth this year and next, raising concerns about a possible recession starting late next year. The latest survey by a panel of 51 forecasters with...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 05, 2019 - 11:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers,...
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Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center right, with his wife Fernanda Tadeu, center, and Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, left, wave to supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
October 05, 2019 - 8:53 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A frequent question asked in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election is not whether the incumbent Socialist Party will win, but by how big a margin. Recent opinion polls suggest the Socialists enjoy a 10-percentage-point lead. That's largely thanks to an economic...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks before attending a panel at the Federal Reserve Board Building, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 04, 2019 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the U.S. economy is facing some risks at the moment, but overall it is in a "good place" and the Fed's main job is to "keep it there as long as possible." Powell noted that unemployment is at a half-century low and inflation...
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