Government and politics

In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, photo, a woman yawns at a factory making swimming suits in Jinjiang city in southeast China's Fujian province. China's exports accelerated in July, showing little impact from a U.S. tariff hike, while sales to the United States rose 13.3 percent over a year earlier. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 9:37 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's exports to the United States surged last month, shrugging off President Trump's tariff hike in a dispute over technology. Shipments to the United States climbed 13.3 percent from a year earlier, to $41.5 billion, after a roughly similar rise in June, customs data show. At the...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 photo, yellow cabs make their way across 42nd Street outside Grand Central Terminal in New York. Responding to tales of financial woe, New York City lawmakers are considering a proposal to try and stabilize the city's iconic taxi industry by putting a temporary cap on the number of drivers working for companies like Uber and Lyft. The restrictions come after a year in which many drivers for-hire in the city have complained that the explosion in the popularity of ride-hailing services has upended regulations intended to limit competition and ensure that every driver made enough money to survive. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 08, 2018 - 8:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City moved Wednesday to regulate the explosive growth of Uber and other app-based ride services with a temporary cap on new licenses for ride-hailing services. The City Council approved a package of bills that included a one-year moratorium on new licenses for for-hire...
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FILE- In this April 24, 2018, file photo, an American flag flies outside the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug 8. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 08, 2018 - 8:15 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed on Thursday with Chinese stocks outperforming the region, as investors watched the latest developments on trade. Prices of oil stabilized. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent to 22,584.18 while South Korea's Kospi inched down 0...
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In this photo released by Argentina's Senate press office, protesters demonstrate in support of loosening the abortion law, left, and against abortion, right, in this photo taken from Congress where lawmakers are debating the issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Following months of increasingly tense debate, lawmakers are meeting ahead of a vote on a bill that would decriminalize abortions up to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. (Delfina Linares/Argentine Senate via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 7:00 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Senate debated a bill Wednesday that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could reverberate around the region. Argentina's lower house of Congress already passed the measure,...
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FILE - In this May 20, 201, file photo, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Onaga, who led an anti-U.S. military base movement on the southern Japanese island, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday night, Aug. 8, 2018, at a hospital where he had been treated, Japanese media said. He was 67. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
August 08, 2018 - 6:52 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, who led opposition to U.S. military bases on the southern Japanese island, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 67. He underwent surgery for the cancer in April and resumed work in May. Onaga had said he was determined to fulfill his duties and live up to...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2013, file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, the NCAA logo is displayed on the court during the NCAA college basketball tournament in Philadelphia. College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal, the NCAA announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 08, 2018 - 4:03 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA is carving out a limited role for agents to work with college basketball players and is changing key parts of its rules-enforcement system as part of numerous reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. The Indianapolis-based governing body for college sports...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 photo, Fadwa Tlaib, an aunt of Rashida Tlaib points to a young Rashida in a 1987 picture with her mother Fatima and brother Nader, at the family house, in the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa. The Michigan primary victory of Tlaib, who is expected to become the first Muslim woman and Palestinian-American to serve in the U.S. Congress, is rippling across the Middle East. In the West Bank village where Tlaib’s mother was born, residents are greeting the news with a mixture of pride and hope that she will take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to the Palestinian cause. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
August 08, 2018 - 3:37 pm
BEIT OUR AL-FOQA, West Bank (AP) — The Michigan primary victory of Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who is expected to become the first Muslim woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, triggered an outpouring of joy in her ancestral village on Wednesday. Relatives in Beit Our al-Foqa, where Tlaib's...
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FILE - In this Dec.13, 2017 file photo, president of Venezuelan parliament Julio Borges leaves after receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, an award given to Venezuela's opposition, in Strasbourg, eastern France. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro implicated Borges, one of the country’s most prominent opposition leaders, in an alleged assassination attempt using drones. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
August 08, 2018 - 3:30 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly stripped two opposition lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution on Wednesday, accusing them of having roles in a drone attack that authorities say was an attempt to kill socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018 file photo, Julio Borges, president of the Venezuelan parliament, arrives for a meeting with Ernesto Macias, president of Colombia's Senate, at the Congress in Bogota, Colombia. Borges, the exiled opposition leader Venezuelan authorities are accusing of directing a failed assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro, said Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 that the arrests of two high-ranking military officers in connection with a thwarted attack using drones loaded with plastic explosives is yet another signal that fractures within the nation’s armed forces are growing and may now be irreversible. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)
August 08, 2018 - 2:41 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the apparent drone attack on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly has stripped two opposition lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution, accusing them of having roles in a drone...
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FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump signs into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax law. With the proposed rules issued Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, the Treasury Department and the IRS had worked for six months to bring clarity to Congress' blueprint. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
August 08, 2018 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Architects and engineers are still in. Accountants, doctors and lawyers remain out — mostly. New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax law. With the proposed rules issued...
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