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A teacher lines up the students for school-prepared lunches at Madison Crossing Elementary School in Canton, Miss., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Scott Clements, director of child nutrition at the Mississippi education department, said they've ordered two truckloads of trade mitigation pulled pork and four loads of kidney beans for use in their cafeterias. The products are coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is giving away the foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 11, 2019 - 5:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food courtesy of President Donald Trump's trade disputes. The products are coming from the Department of...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 21, 2019, file photo, the National Emblem of the People's Republic of China is covered in black paint thrown by protesters outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong. China’s central government has dismissed Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as clowns and criminals while bemoaning growing violence surrounding the monthslong demonstrations.(AP Photo/Bobby Yip, File)
August 09, 2019 - 6:04 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's central government has dismissed Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as clowns and criminals while bemoaning growing violence surrounding the monthslong demonstrations. That's partly out of concern that protesters' demands for expanded democracy could inspire like-minded...
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August 09, 2019 - 2:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund sees little evidence that China's central bank has deliberately reduced the value of the nation's currency — a position at odds with the Trump administration's decision this week to accuse Beijing of manipulating the yuan. The IMF said Friday in its...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press availability with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 09, 2019 - 10:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2017 Trump administration hiring freeze at the State Department had devastating effects, hurting core functions such as providing services to U.S. citizens abroad and protecting embassies, the agency's internal watchdog said Friday. The department's inspector general said all...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 08, 2019 - 10:14 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's campaign is not anchored in a big policy idea like Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All. He is not proposing transformative change like Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Biden's call to voters is a more visceral one, casting the 2020 race as a test of the country's...
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August 08, 2019 - 2:00 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Alex Kack remained mystified Thursday as to how he became an internet sensation when all he did was laugh at a city council meeting in Arizona. "Everyone else was doing something far more active than me honestly. I was just laughing," Kack told The Associated Press. "You could have...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019 photo, a for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. On Thursday, Aug. 8, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
August 08, 2019 - 10:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan touching its lowest level since November 2016. Financial markets around the globe have been whipsawed by anxiety over the U.S.-China trade war, sending investors fleeing from stocks to the safety...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington. Trump is not letting up on his attacks on the Federal Reserve, calling for “substantial” Fed rate cuts to allow the dollar to fall in value against foreign currencies. In a series of tweets Thursday, Aug. 8, Trump says, “As your president, one would think that I would be thrilled with our very strong dollar. I am not!” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 08, 2019 - 9:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not letting up on his attacks on the Federal Reserve, calling for "substantial" Fed rate cuts to allow the dollar to fall in value against foreign currencies. In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump said, "As your president, one would think that I would be...
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August 08, 2019 - 4:23 am
CAIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization says it follows "a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of corruption," following an Associated Press report on fraud and mismanagement that has marred the U.N. agency's operations in Yemen. The WHO issued a statement Wednesday saying an investigation...
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A bank employee counts U.S. dollar banknotes next to stack of 100 Chinese yuan notes at a bank outlet in Hai'an in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. China's yuan fell further Tuesday against the U.S. dollar, fueling fears about increasing global damage from Beijing's trade war with President Donald Trump. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 07, 2019 - 9:43 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese imports of American goods plunged in July as a tariff war with Washington intensified. Imports of U.S. goods fell 19% from a year earlier to $10.9 billion, customs data showed Thursday, though that was an improvement over June's 31.4% fall. Exports to the United States...
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