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  • Trump says he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. Trump tells chief executives of major U.S. companies he plans to bring millions of jobs back to the United States, but offers no specific plan on how to reverse a decades-long decline in factory jobs.

  • EL PASO, Texas— Mexican and U.S. trade industry leaders have gathered in El Paso to discuss business in the era of U.S. Many at Mexico Now's Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit agreed Thursday that the 23- year-old NAFTA trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada will be renegotiated. But they say there's been a growing misconception that Mexico has taken...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 23- Mexico on Thursday expressed "worry and irritation" about U.S. policies to two of President Donald Trump's top envoys, giving a chilly reply to the new administration's hard line on immigration, trade and security. The U.S. government this week angered Mexico by saying it was seeking to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered...

  • Feb 23- Borrowings by U.S. companies for capital investments rose 3 percent in January, compared with a year earlier, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said. Companies signed up for $6.2 billion in new loans, leases and lines of credit last month, according to the Washington- based trade group that reports economic activity for the $1 trillion...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday laid out an ambitious schedule to enact tax relief for the middle class and businesses by August, but said the Trump administration was still studying a proposed new border tax on imports. Comments in his first televised interviews since taking office last week suggested that much work was still needed on key...

  • WASHINGTON— Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen." The Ohio Republican, who was forced out by conservatives in 2015, said he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on undoing and replacing the health law.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 23- Mexico gave a cool reception to visiting senior U.S. officials due to a controversy over deportations of illegal immigrants, with one minister playing down the chances that a planned meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday will go ahead. The U.S. government is seeking to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered...

  • Feb 23- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA plans to offer transatlantic flights on 10 new routes between the United States and Europe with tickets starting at $65 one way, putting pressure on U.S. and European rivals to compete, it said on Thursday. Norwegian's $65 fares will be for a one-way ticket to UK and Irish destinations from smaller airports in New York state,...

  • WASHINGTON— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent. Mnuchin said that tax reform is the administration's...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Trump's meeting with U.S. manufacturing CEOs:. A senior White House official says several U.S. manufacturing CEOs pushed for a controversial tax on imports during their meeting with President Trump Thursday. President Donald Trump is meeting at the White House with two dozen manufacturing CEOs.

  • Mexico will relay its anger to senior U.S. officials about Trump's plan to deport non-Mexican illegal migrants south across the border, the latest point of tension between the two neighbors. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he wants to see "very significant" tax reform passed before Congress takes its August recess but the Trump administration is still...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has been granted a slightly longer reprieve from export restrictions imposed by the U.S. government as it seeks to resolve a probe of alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran. But the latest window is smaller than earlier 90- day reprieves granted by the Commerce Department, which keeps the pressure on...

  • Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and her daughter Arabella Kushner walk down the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

    Ivanka Trump is learning more about economic policy as she takes on a more visible role in and around Washington.

  • The U.S. government is seeking to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality, prompting a fiery response from Mexican officials. Washington has tried to downplay the tensions, which follow arguments between the United States and Mexico over Trump's vow to build a wall on the border and...

  • WASHINGTON— Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, continuing a holding pattern that has prevailed this month. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30- year, fixed-rate loans edged up to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent last week. Mortgage rates surged in the weeks following President Donald Trump's election in November.

  • CANNON BALL, N.D.— The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota:. Authorities have declared a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in North Dakota officially cleared after going through the camp and arresting the last remaining holdouts. North Dakota officials have shut down a transition...

  • WASHINGTON _ Dupont Fabros Technology Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Washington- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $67.8 million, or 75 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • The U.S. government on Tuesday said it would seek to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality, prompting a fiery response from Mexican officials. The stakes are high for the United States, since Mexico has warned that a breakdown in relations could affect its extensive cooperation on...

  • WASHINGTON— More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that 244,000 Americans applied for jobless aid last week, up by 6,000 from the previous week. "The pattern is consistent with the trend in employment growth remaining...

  • Feb 23- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday announced plans to offer transatlantic flights on 10 new routes between the United States and Europe starting at $65, ramping up pressure on U.S. and European rivals. Norwegian is expanding its network of flights to the United States from mid-June after receiving long-awaited approval late last year for its Irish...