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Trump to propose plan to make U.S. immigration more merit-based

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 7:40pm
U.S. President Donald Trump will outline on Thursday a plan to harden border security and overhaul the legal immigration system to favor applicants who speak English, are well-educated and have job offers, senior administration officials said.

Abortion restrictions carry political risk for Republicans in 2020

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:39pm
The move by states like Alabama, Georgia and Ohio to impose drastic restrictions on abortion could bolster Republicans' support from religious voters wary of President Donald Trump but risks alienating moderates, political experts said on Wednesday.

New Trump aid plan for U.S. farmers seen mirroring 2018 package

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:03pm
The Trump administration's second package of aid for U.S. farmers hit by the trade war with China is expected to total $15 billion to $20 billion and involve direct payments, the agriculture secretary said on Wednesday.

Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in New York, injuring two

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:00pm
A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Manhattan, causing minor injuries to the pilot and a dockworker, police and fire officials said.

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 5:49pm
The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups.

Teen suspects in Colorado school shooting formally charged; case sealed

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 4:44pm
Two teenagers accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding eight others at a Denver-area high school last week were charged with murder and attempted murder on Wednesday.

Wall St. ends higher as trade worries ease

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 4:44pm
U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday as reports that U.S. President Donald Trump would hold off on imposing tariffs on imported cars and parts eased growth concerns even as economic data disappointed investors.

Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support from millennials: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:03am
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expanded his lead over a wide field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by 5 percentage points since he entered the race in late April, according to a monthly Reuters/Ipsos poll.

No easy options for China as trade war, U.S. pressure bite

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:58am
China is running out of options to hit back at the United States without hurting its own interests, as Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing to correct trade imbalances in a challenge to China's state-led economic model.

Mnuchin says China trade talks likely to continue in Beijing

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:58am
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday he will likely travel to Beijing soon to continue negotiations with Chinese counterparts as the world's two biggest economies try to salvage talks aimed at ending their months-long trade war.

Trump expected to delay auto tariffs decision by up to six months: officials

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:56am
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to delay a decision on imposing tariffs on imported cars and parts by up to six months, three Trump administration officials told Reuters, , avoiding opening yet another front in his global trade battles.

U.S. plans to send transportation security staff to U.S.-Mexico border

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:50am
The Trump administration plans to redirect Transportation Security Administration staff to the U.S. southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows, the TSA said on Wednesday.

Wall St. turns higher as Trump likely to delay auto tariffs

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:49am
U.S. stocks reversed course to trade higher on Wednesday after a report that President Donald Trump may delay a decision to impose auto tariffs, offering respite to markets worried about slowing global growth after a batch of weak economic data.

Exclusive: Tesla's solar factory is exporting most of its cells - document

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:38am
The "great majority" of solar cells being produced at Tesla Inc's factory in upstate New York are being sold overseas instead of being used in the company's trademark "Solar Roof" as originally intended, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

U.S. abortion-rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:34am
U.S. abortion-rights activists on Wednesday vowed to challenge an Alabama bill banning abortion in almost all cases, including pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, that is part of an effort to get the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling allowing it.

U.S. close to resolving steel, aluminum tariffs with Canada, Mexico: reports

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:32am
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said the United States is close to resolving steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S., European shares strengthen after Trump auto-tariff delay

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:17am
U.S. and European stock indexes erased losses and turned positive on Wednesday after news that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to delay tariffs on auto imports, outweighing earlier pressure on equities and government bond yields caused by weak U.S. and Chinese economic data.

Alibaba beats revenue expectations on cloud boost

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 9:59am
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd beat fourth-quarter revenue forecasts on Wednesday, thanks to growth in its core business and its diversification into cloud computing and other services.

Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 9:50am
Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, an informed official in the country's atomic energy body told the ISNA news agency on Wednesday.

Weak U.S. retail sales, industrial output point to slowing economy

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 9:38am
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in April as households cut back on purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, pointing to a slowdown in economic growth after a temporary boost from exports and inventories in the first quarter.