Government policy

FILE - In this July, 18, 2013, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal Reserve officials were worried about an adverse market reaction when they made their first tentative moves in 2013 to pull back on the massive support they had been providing to help the economy recover from the Great Recession. Transcripts of their discussions released Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, show that then-Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke and his colleagues devoted considerable time debating the wording of the statement. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
January 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were worried about an adverse market reaction when they made their first tentative moves in 2013 to pull back on the massive support they had been providing to help the economy recover from the Great Recession. Transcripts of their discussions released...
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Katie Barron gestures while looking at a pay increase notice for her children's day care, in her home in Madison, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barron's husband is a National Weather Service meteorologist forced to work without pay during the shutdown because his job is classified as essential. They've put off home and car maintenance, but the $450-a-week bill for day care still has to be paid, as do the mortgage and utility bills. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
January 11, 2019 - 7:41 am
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville, Alabama, is now the ultimate government town: About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's 38,000-acre Redstone Arsenal. More than half of the area's economy is tied to Washington spending. As the...
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Visitor watch a stock trading board at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered a more reactive Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
January 11, 2019 - 2:46 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Global markets were mixed Friday as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's more restrained stance and opted to view this week's U.S.-China trade talks in a positive light. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX slipped 0.1 percent to 10,908.54 and the CAC 40 in France also edged...
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Visitor watch a stock trading board at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered a more reactive Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
January 10, 2019 - 8:23 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered a more restrained Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.7 percent to 20,306.16 and South Korea's Kospi was 0.4 percent higher at 2,071.18. Hong Kong's Hang Seng...
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores stop to greet flag-waving children upon arrival to the Supreme Court for Maduro's inauguration ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Maduro was sworn in to a second term amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis. Behind is Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
January 10, 2019 - 3:59 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the start to a second term as Venezuela's leader Thursday, but his world got smaller as countries seized upon the inauguration to cut back diplomatic ties, reject his legitimacy and label him a dictator. Once among Latin America's...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to students at the American University Cairo, in the eastern suburb of New Cairo, Egypt, east of the capital, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 12:13 pm
CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" thinking that diminished America's role in the region while harming its longtime friends and emboldening Iran. In a...
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A woman tries out a sweater at a U.S. retailer GAP's flagship store in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Uncertainty over the outcome of China-U.S. trade talks is casting a pall over Asian markets as both sides kept quiet about what lies ahead. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 10, 2019 - 2:44 am
BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China gave no indication of their next step after wrapping up talks aimed at resolving a tariff fight that threatens to chill global growth. The two sides will "maintain close contact," China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday. But they announced no agreements...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Spain's far-right Vox Party President Santiago Abascal, arrives at a party rally in Murcia, Spain. Spain's new far-right Vox party is edging toward the political mainstream, dropping its more extremist positions to help form a regional government in Andalucia, according to a new political alliance announced late Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, FILE)
January 10, 2019 - 2:29 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's far-right Vox party has edged toward the political mainstream, dropping its more extremist positions to help form a regional government in Andalusia as far-right parties build their influence across Europe. The anti-migrant, anti-feminist and euroskeptic party played kingmaker...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they pose for a photo before talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. A special train believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un departed Beijing on Wednesday after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital. (Li Xueren/Xinhua via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 1:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to "achieve results" on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula during a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The comments, contained in Chinese state media...
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A TV screen shows the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Moon has suggested he'll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with North Korea. The slug reads: "Basic pension expansion."(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 09, 2019 - 6:11 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested Thursday that he'll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with North Korea. The comments, if pursued before South Korea's ally Washington is ready, could weaken ties with the United States...
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