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House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

WASHINGTON/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who’d face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor. The plan “ensures more choices, lower … Continue reading House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

NEW YORK/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman’s, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer. The companies said Sunday in a joint press release that Kraft Heinz has “amicably” abandoned the offer. Shares in Unilever slumped 6.5 percent on … Continue reading Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

WASHINGTON/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray … Continue reading Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

WASHINGTON/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President Donald Trump’s broad directive to crack down on illegal … Continue reading Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

Asian shares muted ahead of earnings, Fed minutes this week

HONG KONG/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Asian stocks were muted on Monday as a lack of fresh leads kept investors on the sidelines while they awaited economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.1 percent to 19,244.39 and South Korea’s … Continue reading Asian shares muted ahead of earnings, Fed minutes this week

Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

SAN FRANCISCO/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region. The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at “danger stage,” meaning it keeps … Continue reading Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

PYONGYANG, North Korea/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea. North Korea relies on its farmers to squeeze absolutely all they can out of every harvest. It’s a tall order in a country with 25 million mouths to feed that … Continue reading On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

The Latest: Westbrook gets assist from Durant on dunk

NEW ORLEANS/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on Sunday night’s All-Star game (all times local): 7:45 p.m. It happened. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were really teammates again. With 5 minutes left in the first quarter of the All-Star Game, Westbrook passed to Durant, who sent a lob back across to the lane to … Continue reading The Latest: Westbrook gets assist from Durant on dunk