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  • "I've never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it," said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Peter King, a New York Republican, revealed a brief report produced by Republican staff dealing with Trump's wiretapping...

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke's announcement about keeping Florida off the table, made during a...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $666 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.45 billion.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. The 20 picks, narrowed down from 238 proposals, are concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest and include several of the biggest metro areas in the country, such as Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles, the only West Coast city on the list.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers. "I don't see any noticeable break over the past year," said Michael Strain, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The U.S. public appears to...

  • A newly constituted Calaveras County board of supervisors last week voted 3-2 to ban marijuana, giving some 200 farmers with permits about three months to wind down operations. Calaveras County growers with permits said Wednesday they are planning to sue. "We have known this day could come and we have prepared for this eventuality for the last year," said Trevor...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate Banking Committee has voted for a second time to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. The re-vote was needed because the full Senate did not take up Powell's nomination last year. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R- Idaho, did not indicate when the full...

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • NEW YORK— Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products. CVS Health Corp. said Monday it will not "materially" alter photos used in stores, on websites and on social media by changing a model's shape, size, skin or eye color or wrinkles. CVS, which was founded in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1963 but now is...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration's national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science. Climate will also be omitted from a Pentagon strategy document to be released later this month, an...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— CVS Health Corp. said Friday it has "no plans" to move Aetna from Connecticut's capital city, reversing last year's announcement by the insurance giant that it would move its headquarters to another state after nearly two centuries in Hartford. "We have no plans to relocate Aetna's operations from Hartford and, in fact, view Hartford as the future...

  • Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters. Zinke's action is especially outrageous because...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island economic development officials say the state's bid to become home to Amazon's second headquarters was hand-delivered by an employee who personally flew to Seattle, where the company is based. The detail was included in a set of documents released by the Commerce Corp. in response to an open records request by The Associated Press.

  • More than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, refused requests from The Associated Press to detail the promises they made to try to lure the company. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said in a radio interview. Amazon's search for a second headquarters city has triggered an unprecedented competition among governments around North...

  • "We have listed our suggested actions in order of priority," Robert "Bob" Murray, the chairman and CEO of Ohio- based Murray Energy, wrote in his March 1 letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence. A review of the memo by The Associated Press shows Murray, an early campaign supporter of President Donald Trump and major GOP political donor, has gotten about half the...

  • The attorneys general from 12 states signed the letter: New York, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. Public consumer advocacy offices and state regulatory agencies from Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont also are involved.

  • Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, made the demand in a letter sent Tuesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department. The SEC declined to comment on the letter and the Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • ATLANTA— A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer— a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The duck, developed by robotics expert Aaron Horowitz and his company, is undergoing testing and is expected to be widely...

  • LAS VEGAS— The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas:. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opened his keynote talk Monday at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas by addressing the hard-to-fix flaws disclosed by security researchers last week. Then Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai experienced his own lack of robot love.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 4- American Airlines Group Inc said Thursday it and its regional partners have canceled more than 1,300 U.S. flights due to a massive winter storm. The largest U.S. airline said it has canceled all remaining flights at New York City area airports on Thursday and expects to resume service on Friday. The airline has also canceled all remaining...