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  • The changes are part of Elk Point's selection as site of a multibillion-dollar defamation case pitting ABC News against South Dakota- meat processor, Beef Products Inc. The company contends that ABC and reporter Jim Avila defamed it by referring to its signature product as "pink slime" in 2012 broadcasts. ABC is a unit of Walt Disney Co.. While BPI could face an...

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- New York State's attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or...

  • "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or delay the current standards for model years 2022-25, like California, we intend to vigorously pursue appropriate legal remedies to block such action," the state attorneys wrote in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency including...

  • Automakers have met with Trump administration officials in recent months and hope to reach a deal with California and other states on vehicle fuel efficiency standards. "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or delay the current standards for model years 2022-25, like California,...

  • SEATTLE, June 9- Inside the control tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport, air traffic controllers can track planes traveling hundreds of miles away. Trump's solution is to split air traffic control away from the Federal Aviation Administration and privatize it under a not-for-profit, independent corporation. Still, the United States lags well...

  • SEATTLE, June 9- Inside the control tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport, air traffic controllers can track planes traveling hundreds of miles away. Trump's solution is to split air traffic control away from the Federal Aviation Administration and privatize it under a not-for-profit, independent corporation. Still, the United States lags well...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 6- Mexico on Tuesday conceded to U.S. demands for changes in the terms of Mexican access to the lucrative U.S. sugar market, striking a deal with Washington that will likely lift prices of the sweetener to U.S. food processors and consumers. Sugar producers in the United States refused to endorse the agreement in principle between the two...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 6- Mexico agreed to significant concessions on Tuesday to maintain its access to the lucrative U.S. sugar market, but U.S. sugar producers refused to endorse the deal between the governments, raising the risk that it could collapse. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo aims to aims to avoid...

  • WASHINGTON, June 6- The U.S. Labor Department said on Tuesday it is stepping up efforts to root out potential fraud in its visa programs for foreign workers, a move that will include increases in both civil investigations as well as criminal referrals. The U.S. Labor Department and Department of Homeland Security each play a role in reviewing the applications for...

  • WINNIPEG/ CHICAGO/ BEIJING, June 5- Canada has overtaken the United States as the top North American supplier of pork to China as farmers and meat packers in both nations battle for lucrative shares of the biggest global market. Canada's pork sales to China, after a sharp rise last year, exceeded those of the United States in the first quarter of 2017.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Soda giant Coca-Cola Co and major corn syrup makers have joined the political battle against the U.S. sugar industry in recent weeks, as the deadline to hammer out a years-long trade dispute with Mexico nears. They warned against potential fall-out for their industries if the United States and Mexico cannot agree to a new trade pact and avert...

  • Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday urged the Republican-controlled Congress to complete the job of dismantling Obamacare this summer and move on quickly to another big-ticket item on President Donald Trump's agenda: tax cuts. "First and foremost, this summer, this Congress must come together and heed the president's leadership, and we must repeal and...

  • Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Saturday after Trump's decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate accord sparked dismay across the world. On Thursday, Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change pact, tapping into his "America First" campaign theme. "By withdrawing from the Paris climate...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The pilot and first officer of the plane carrying U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence that skidded off a runway in October 2016 thought the incident would end their careers, according to documents released on Thursday. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board published transcripts of the cockpit voice recorders from...

  • SHANGHAI, May 29- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has called for an investigation into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" made by companies promoting investment in a property development involving the family company of White House advisor Jared Kushner. Citing a May 12 report by Reuters, Chuck Grassley, a Republican...

  • Joseph Waseme, left, and Juan Guerrero secure building materials to a delivery truck at Roofers Supply in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 19, 2017.

    Labor shortages are weighing on overall economic growth, slowing the pace of expansion in fast-growing U.S. regions, N.Y. Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON, May 17- Iowa's Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a "hastily developed" study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears "geared to undermine" the wind energy industry. He pointed to a previous study conducted a few years ago by the Energy Department's National Renewable...

  • WASHINGTON, May 16- The Trump administration's top trade officials hope to keep the North American Free Trade Agreement as a trilateral deal in negotiations with Canada and Mexico to revamp the 23- year-old pact, senators said on Tuesday. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told them in a closed door meeting that they would prefer the current...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 15- President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him. At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems...

  • May 10- Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska- the two remaining states where it offered the plans. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to undo the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, the signature domestic achievement of former...