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A currency trader talks on the phone at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 18, 2018. Asian stock markets trade marginally higher as U.S. and Chinese officials are holding a new round of talks to avert a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
May 18, 2018 - 7:46 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed on Friday as U.S. and Chinese officials held a new round of talks seeking to avert a trade war between the world's two largest economies. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 7,773 a day after closing at a record high, while...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37 percent opposed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 18, 2018 - 5:04 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37...
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Melanie Beikman, right, Thousands of teachers in Arizona, gathers signatures Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Phoenix for a ballot initiate to raise the income tax on wealthy earners to fund public education Oklahoma and West Virginia are turning their attention to political activities after organizing in massive statewide teacher movements. (AP Photo/Melissa Daniels)
May 17, 2018 - 4:38 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are already waging...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 17, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year's tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren't...
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May 17, 2018 - 6:03 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark says online room-rental platform Airbnb will start to automatically report its users' deals to taxation authorities, the first country to do so. Taxation minister Carsten Lauritzen says Airbnb "has committed to report data so their hosts pay taxes." He says Airbnb...
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May 17, 2018 - 12:16 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip. The liberal government on Thursday announced its first budget plan since winning national...
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Leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, addresses the media after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale presidential palace, in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. Italy’s rival populist leaders asked for more time to make a coalition deal. Right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini cited “notable” difference on key issues like stopping the flood of migrants to Italy. He also said he’d insist on justice reform, dear to ally Silvio Berlusconi. Luigi Di Maio for his part told Italy’s president Monday he wants the voter base of his 5-Star Movement to have their say before any coalition deal is finalized. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)
May 16, 2018 - 1:50 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. League leader Matteo Salvini and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio said talks...
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New Hanover County Schools teachers board a bus in Wilmington, N.C., bound for a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states has washed into North Carolina, where educators have pledged to fill the streets and bring their demands for better pay and school resources to legislators' doorstep. (Cammie Bellamy/The Star-News via AP)
May 16, 2018 - 12:16 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of teachers gathered Wednesday in North Carolina's capital to demand better pay and more resources for public schools in the conservative, tax-cutting state, continuing a nationwide trend of teachers rising up to pressure lawmakers for change. Wearing red and with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, takes questions at City Hall after replacing Kevin Davis as police commissioner, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s police commissioner resigned Tuesday, May 15 after being federally charged with failing to pay his taxes. In a statement, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she accepted the resignation of De Sousa, who she picked as the city’s top cop in January. He was nearly unanimously confirmed as commissioner in February by the City Council. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
May 16, 2018 - 8:08 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — When Baltimore's mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city's force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls. Now just a few months...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Bob Krist, of Omaha, speaks during debate in the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election. He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in the Tuesday, May 15 primary. The Democratic primary field is composed of Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
May 15, 2018 - 10:54 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts cruised to victory Tuesday in the Republican primary for governor, setting himself up for a general election where he'll be a heavy favorite in the GOP-dominated state. Ricketts easily fended off medical marijuana activist Krystal Gabel in the...
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