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WASHINGTON | Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve’s independence, saying he was “not happy” with the Fed’s recent interest rate increases. Trump told CNBC in an interview: “I don’t like all of this work that we’re putting into the economy and then I see rates going up.” Last month, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

SAN FRANCISCO | Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal

SAN FRANCISCO — A medical evacuation drill at a California military base turned into a real emergency when two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters participating in the exercise blew down four large tents and injured 22 Army Reserve soldiers, officials said Thursday. No one was seriously injured in the mishap Wednesday night at Fort Hunter Liggett, … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Nicaragua’s president celebrates crackdown on opposition

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — President Daniel Ortega used Thursday’s 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua’s Roman Catholic Church as allies of “coup mongers.” In recent days, the government and its supporters routed some of the … Continue reading MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Nicaragua’s president celebrates crackdown on opposition

NEW YORK | NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

NEW YORK— An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat. Five people, including three civilians, suffered minor injuries from the 6:40 … Continue reading NEW YORK | NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

U.S. Department of State News: United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States is pleased to announce that the inaugural U.S.-India “2+2” Dialogue will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 6. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look forward to meeting with their Indian counterparts, Minister … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6

U.S. Department of State News: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras July 23-27 to meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues, including the importance of deterring and reducing illegal immigration.  While in the region, the … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis Host AUSMIN at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne for this year’s Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis Host AUSMIN at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

SEATTLE | Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE— A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide. British Columbia-based Tilray Inc.’s shares began trading Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Initially priced at $17, the stock … Continue reading SEATTLE | Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO