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US flies bomber, fighter mission off North Korean coast

Trump/US sends a message to North Korea by flying bombers off North Korean coast WASHINGTON/September 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — In a show of American military might to North Korea, the United States on Saturday flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century. … Continue reading US flies bomber, fighter mission off North Korean coast

America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN

WASHINGTON/September 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News)(Keywords: Trump, UN) — America second. It’s a rare consideration for President Donald Trump, who has boasted of a new foreign policy formed around the idea of strength and unabashedly putting his nation’s interests first. But his No. 2 billing will be the tradition he must respect when leaders deliver their messages … Continue reading America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN

US trade deficit widened slightly in July as exports slipped

WASHINGTON/September 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. trade deficit increased slightly in July as exports slipped a bit more than imports. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade gap reached $43.7 billion in July, up from $43.5 billion in June. Exports declined $600 million to $194.4 billion, while imports slid $400 million to $238.1 … Continue reading US trade deficit widened slightly in July as exports slipped

North Korea says 6th nuke test was H-bomb, ‘perfect success’

TOKYO/September 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — North Korea announced it detonated a thermonuclear device Sunday in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, a big step toward its goal of developing nuclear weapons capable of striking anywhere in the U.S. The North called it a “perfect success” while its neighbors condemned the blast immediately. … Continue reading North Korea says 6th nuke test was H-bomb, ‘perfect success’

US seizes control of Russian posts in San Fran, DC, NY

WASHINGTON/September 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The United States seized control Saturday of three Russian diplomatic posts in the U.S. after confirming the Russians had complied with the Trump administration‘s order to get out within two days, officials said. As the Kremlin cried foul, accusing Washington of bullying tactics, the U.S. disputed Moscow’s claims that American … Continue reading US seizes control of Russian posts in San Fran, DC, NY

Diplomatic tit-for-tat between Russia and the US escalates

WASHINGTON/September 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Russia on Friday promised a “tough response” to a U.S. order to shut the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and offices in Washington and New York, the latest round in a diplomatic tit-for-tat. The U.S. issued its order Thursday and gave Russia 48 hours to comply, intensifying tensions between the … Continue reading Diplomatic tit-for-tat between Russia and the US escalates

Hunt Mortgage Group Enters Commercial Real Estate Loan Securitization Arena

NEW YORK/ August 18, 2017 (PRN)(StlRealEstate.News) — Hunt Mortgage Group, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today the closing of its first commercial real estate collateralized loan obligation (CRE-CLO),  Hunt CRE 2017-FL1. “This is a major milestone for Hunt Mortgage Group as it provides the Company with a predictable and … Continue reading Hunt Mortgage Group Enters Commercial Real Estate Loan Securitization Arena

AP reporters on how North Korea, other nations view standoff

How other nations view standoff with North Korea by AP reporters July 9, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) One reason North Korea is the world’s most dire nuclear hotspot is that among the most important players, even allies and semi-allies have different desires and priorities. An enemy to some, a bulwark to others, a frustration to all, with … Continue reading AP reporters on how North Korea, other nations view standoff

US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

NEW YORK/July 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday’s festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where residents initially weren’t even … Continue reading US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump’s supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs and unburden industry. In a fierce rejoinder from across the globe, leaders of other nations and scientists pointed to jobs that could be created in … Continue reading Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

The Latest: Germany pushes back against Trump trade comments

TAORMINA, Sicily/May 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the G-7 summit in Taormina, Sicily (all times local): 1:40 p.m. A German government spokesman says trade surpluses like the one that’s provoking President Donald Trump’s ire are the result of market factors and are “neither good nor bad.” Spokesman Georg Streiter didn’t comment directly on … Continue reading The Latest: Germany pushes back against Trump trade comments

N Korea issues direct criticism of China amid nuke dispute

SEOUL, South Korea/May 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — North Korea has issued a rare direct criticism of China through a commentary saying its “reckless remarks” on the North’s nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified “grave” consequences. China, North Korea’s largest trading partner and main benefactor, suspended imports of North Korean coal in … Continue reading N Korea issues direct criticism of China amid nuke dispute

Trump says he could meet with North Korea’s leader

WASHINGTON/May 2, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump opened the door to a future meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, offering unusual praise for the globally ostracized leader at a time of surging nuclear tensions. Although the White House played down near-term prospects for such a meeting, Trump’s conciliatory comments Monday marked a departure … Continue reading Trump says he could meet with North Korea’s leader

11 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

CANTON, TX/April 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — At least 11 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Three people were killed by flooding and … Continue reading 11 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

The Latest: Trump: We can’t let NKorea build better missiles

SEOUL, South Korea/April 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile (all times local): 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has been asked about the failure of several North Korean missile tests recently and why those launches keep blowing up. Trump tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” television show on Sunday that he’d … Continue reading The Latest: Trump: We can’t let NKorea build better missiles

Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes

SEOUL, South Korea/April 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump said in a television interview to be aired Sunday that he believes China’s president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programs. In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump said he won’t be happy if … Continue reading Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes

The Latest: S Korea navy begins drill with US supercarrier

SEOUL, South Korea/April 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local): 6:45 p.m. South Korea’s navy says it has started joint exercises with U.S. ships, including the supercarrier USS Carl Vinson, which the United States dispatched to the region in a show of force amid the growing … Continue reading The Latest: S Korea navy begins drill with US supercarrier

Trump: North Korea ‘disrespected’ China with missile test

WASHINGTON/April 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea had “disrespected” China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile. Trump has said he is counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Trump has also said he … Continue reading Trump: North Korea ‘disrespected’ China with missile test

Seoul: N Korea fails in missile test-fire near its capital

SEOUL, South Korea/April 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — North Korea test-fired a mid-range ballistic missile from the western part of its country Saturday, but the launch apparently failed, South Korea and the United States said Saturday. The test will be condemned by outsiders as yet another step in the North’s push for a nuclear-tipped missile that … Continue reading Seoul: N Korea fails in missile test-fire near its capital

US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

WASHINGTON/April 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, close ally South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America’s Pacific commander said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed. “If it flies, it … Continue reading US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

GENEVA (AP)(STL.News) — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next month in Bahrain … Continue reading US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts return to Earth

MOSCOW (AP)(STL.News) — Three astronauts from the International Space Station have successfully landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan — two from Russia and one from the United States. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russia’s Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko touched down at 5:20 p.m. local time Monday after spending 173 days in space. NASA’s Peggy … Continue reading NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts return to Earth

Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of US

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Spring has sprung early — potentially record early — in much of the United States, bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about a climate gone askew. Crocuses, tulips and other plants are popping up earlier than usual from Arizona to New Jersey and down to Florida. Washington is dotted with … Continue reading Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of US

Deal to streamline world trade takes effect

GENEVA/February 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The first multilateral trade agreement reached under the World Trade Organization since it was created over a generation ago has taken force, aiming to streamline cross-border trade to the benefit of the developing world in particular. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said Wednesday that the required two-thirds of member states have … Continue reading Deal to streamline world trade takes effect

Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Donald Trump

HONOLULU (AP)(STL.News) — Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president-elect will reverse the tough U.S. stance toward Moscow of the last eight years. In a stunning embrace of a longtime U.S. adversary, Trump is siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether Trump steers … Continue reading Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Donald Trump

Get used to heat records; study predicts far more in future

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is already setting twice as many daily heat records as cold records, but a new study predicts that will get a lot more lopsided as man-made climate change worsens. Under normal conditions, without extra heat-trapping gases from human activity, the nation should set about the same number of hot … Continue reading Get used to heat records; study predicts far more in future