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NEW YORK | Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy Gannett

NEW YORK —Jan 14, 2019—  A hedge fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies, is renewing fears of consolidation and job losses — as well as a decline in the quantity and quality of news coverage — in the already battered newspaper industry. MNG Enterprises, better … Continue reading NEW YORK | Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy Gannett

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on migrant child deaths

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump twisted circumstances behind the deaths of two migrant Guatemalan children to insulate his administration from any blame, contending without justification that they were in dire health before they reached the border. The children cleared initial U.S. health screenings and one of them was in the U.S. for five days before suddenly … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on migrant child deaths

BERLIN | Survey shows German businesses increasingly gloomy

BERLIN— A closely watched survey shows increasing pessimism among German businesses. The Ifo Institute said Tuesday its business confidence index dropped to 101 points for December from 102 points in November as managers’ view of both their current circumstances and their prospects for the next six months fell. That’s the fourth drop in a row. … Continue reading BERLIN | Survey shows German businesses increasingly gloomy

WASHINGTON | The Latest: GOP senator praises Zinke for promoting oil, gas

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she’s disappointed that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving, calling him a “strong partner for Western states.” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that Zinke would be leaving the administration at year’s end. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: GOP senator praises Zinke for promoting oil, gas

WASHINGTON | Behind closed doors, Pelosi disparages Trump’s ‘manhood’

WASHINGTON— At the dawn of divided U.S. government, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that President Donald Trump‘s threat to shut down the government over a border wall is really about his “manhood.” “It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,” Pelosi privately … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Behind closed doors, Pelosi disparages Trump’s ‘manhood’

WASHINGTON | GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON  — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for buyers is crucial for GM as the company … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON | In White House shake-up, Kelly’s departure now seems certain

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is inching closer to his long-teased major White House shake-up, gearing up for the twin challenges of battling for re-election and dealing with the Democrats’ investigations once they take control of the House. The biggest piece of the shifting picture: Chief of Staff John Kelly’s departure now appears certain. Trump announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In White House shake-up, Kelly’s departure now seems certain

WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House hosts tech execs Thursday

WASHINGTON — The Latest on a White House tech meeting (all times local): 11:20 a.m. The White House is hosting what it calls a listening session to hear from tech leaders including the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm. The Thursday lunch meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in artificial intelligence, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House hosts tech execs Thursday

MADISON, Wis. | Next governor will ask Walker to veto lame-duck legislation

MADISON, Wis. — The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin said Wednesday that he plans to make a personal appeal to his defeated rival, Gov. Scott Walker, to veto far-reaching GOP legislation that would restrict the new administration’s powers. Wisconsin Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to pass the bills after an all-night … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | Next governor will ask Walker to veto lame-duck legislation

MADISON, Wis. | The Latest: Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

MADISON, Wis.  — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general (all times local): 4 p.m. The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he will make a personal appeal to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto legislation that weakens the new administration’s powers. … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | The Latest: Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

MADISON, Wis. | Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powers

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted just before sunrise Wednesday following an all-night session to pass a sweeping bill in a lame-duck session designed to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republicans pushed on through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to the measures designed to reduce … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powers

WASHINGTON | Trump aides caught in web of deception over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON — One lied about his knowledge of Russian-hacked emails, another about a Russian real estate deal, a third about dialogue over sanctions with a Russian ambassador. A pattern of deception by advisers to President Donald Trump, aimed at covering up Russia-related contacts during the 2016 campaign and transition period, has unraveled bit by bit … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump aides caught in web of deception over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators unhappy briefing excluded CIA chief

WASHINGTON — The Latest on senators’ closed-door briefing with top Trump administration officials over the U.S. response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Senators are expressing disappointment that officials from the intelligence community were not present at a closed-door briefing over the U.S. response to the killing of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators unhappy briefing excluded CIA chief

DETROIT | The Latest: Trump has harsh remarks for GM over layoffs

DETROIT— The Latest on General Motors’ restructuring plans (all times local): 3:41 p.m. President Donald Trump says his administration and lawmakers are exerting “a lot of pressure” on General Motors in response to its decision to cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and possibly shutter up to five plants. Trump says he’s being … Continue reading DETROIT | The Latest: Trump has harsh remarks for GM over layoffs

WASHINGTON | Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president’s decision to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the military. The administration asked the court on Friday to take up three cases on the issue. Lower courts had blocked the administration from implementing the policy. A three-judge panel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

PALM BEACH, Fla. | The Latest: Trump says he’s eyeing staff replacements

PALM BEACH, Fla.— The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): Noon President Donald Trump says he plans to interview potential staff replacements while he’s in Florida for a Thanksgiving break. Trump would not say Thursday which positions he was interviewing people for, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER’-sten) Nielsen and chief of staff … Continue reading PALM BEACH, Fla. | The Latest: Trump says he’s eyeing staff replacements

WASHINGTON | No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are engaging in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected Trump’s migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.” Trump, still seething over that Monday ruling, began his Thanksgiving … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators demand ‘determination’ on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to the president demanding that his administration “make a determination” about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators demand ‘determination’ on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says no new punishment for writer’s murder

WASHINGTON— The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1 p.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee). Trump said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. does … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says no new punishment for writer’s murder

WASHINGTON | White House again threatens Acosta’s pass; CNN seeks hearing

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has again targeted White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. After a federal judge ordered that Acosta‘s credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House again threatens Acosta’s pass; CNN seeks hearing

WASHINGTON | White House again threatens Acosta’s pass

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. After a federal judge ordered that Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored Friday, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying they had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass when the judge’s order expires. The … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House again threatens Acosta’s pass

WASHINGTON | Trump pondering Kelly’s status, 3-5 Cabinet changes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” praised Kelly’s work ethic and much … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pondering Kelly’s status, 3-5 Cabinet changes

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump stresses Saudi crown prince’s denial

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 10:10 am. President Donald Trump says the crown prince of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia has told him directly that he had nothing to do with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but Trump says he wonders “will anybody really know.” A … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump stresses Saudi crown prince’s denial

WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job. Wheeler’s promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief would keep him as a methodical and effective agent in Trump’s mission … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House writing up rules for reporters

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House’s decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says the White House is “writing up rules and regulations” for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore credentials for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House writing up rules for reporters

WASHINGTON | The Latest: CNN’s Acosta returns to work at the White House

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House’s decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 12:40 p.m. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta says all he wants to do is go back to work covering “the guy in there,” referring to President Donald … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: CNN’s Acosta returns to work at the White House

WASHINGTON | Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was ‘an honor’

WASHINGTON— A White House aide pushed out by first lady Melania Trump said Thursday that it had been “an honor” to serve in President Donald Trump’s administration and that she admires the first family. Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, departed the White House on Wednesday, a day after the first lady’s office issued … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was ‘an honor’

WASHINGTON | Correction: Media-CNN vs Trump story

WASHINGTON  — In a story Nov. 14 about CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the AP and other news organizations had filed an amicus brief in support of CNN on Wednesday. The amicus brief has not been filed yet. A corrected version of the story is below: White House … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Correction: Media-CNN vs Trump story

WASHINGTON | House Republicans elect McCarthy as leader with eye to 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump’s agenda. With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring and the House majority gone, the race … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House Republicans elect McCarthy as leader with eye to 2020