Stocks rise after embattled Fed chair tempers talk of interest rate hikes

Stocks rose sharply Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who's under fire from President Trump, suggested in a speech that the Fed might slow the rise in interest rates.

At the Economic Club in New York City, Mr. Powell said interest rates are "still low by historical standards" and ...

Pompeo urges Senate to spike Yemen resolution, defends Saudi ties amid Khashoggi furor

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged senators on Wednesday to kill a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war, arguing it would be against American interests and could derail fragile United Nations peace talks -- as the administration ramped up its defense of U.S.-Saudi ties amid outrage over the killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi.

Family threatens lawsuit over death of transgender migrant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a Honduran transgender migrant who died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is threatening to sue, claiming the woman did not receive adequate medical care and was physically abused.

The Transgender Law Center and attorney Andrew Free released details ...

GOP complains about N Carolina elections chairman’s tweets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A local Republican activist wants the North Carolina state elections board chairman removed from the panel because of politically-focused comments he's made online.

Wake County GOP Chairman Charles Hellwig filed a complaint Wednesday against Democrat Andy Penry, a Raleigh attorney that Gov. Roy Cooper chose to ...

The Latest: Senate votes to scale back wage, sick time laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's consideration of changes to minimum wage and paid sick time laws (all times local):

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Michigan's Republican-led Legislature has begun voting on bills that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business ...

Mueller protection bill blocked in Senate

Legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller was blocked on Wednesday for a second time in the past month.Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), joined by Sens. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), tri...

Senators fail to secure vote on bill to protect Mueller investigation

A group of senators failed Wednesday to secure a vote for their bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump, marking the latest stumble for their efforts to sideline the White House.

Sens. Cory Booker and Chris Coons, both Democrats, and Jeff Flake, a Republican, ...

Feds threaten to sue Washington to block Hanford worker comp

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The federal government is threatening to sue Washington state to block new legislation that helps workers at a former nuclear weapons production site win more compensation claims for illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently told Gov. Jay Inslee that the law violates the U.S. Constitution ...

Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton

President Trump on Wednesday sent a number of retweets from fan accounts touching on a number of issues, from his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, to immigration to General Motors' layoffs and s...

Baltimore sues Trump administration over immigration policy

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging that "unlawful" efforts to alter a longstanding policy are deterring immigrants from receiving public assistance they are entitled to.

In its lawsuit filed Wednesday, Baltimore asserts the Trump administration has expanded the State Department's longstanding definition ...

Congressman seeks new election if outcome is not overturned

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin wants a federal judge to order a new election if he doesn't invalidate Maine's new voting system and declare Poliquin the winner.

Poliquin's request comes in an amended court filing made ahead of a court hearing on ranked-choice voting next week.

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Bruce Springsteen: Donald Trump ‘has no interest in uniting the country’

Bruce Springsteen has accused President Trump of committing a "crime against humanity" by sowing divisiveness among Americans.

The "Born in the U.S.A." musician made the remark in an wide-ranging interview published by Esquire Magazine on Tuesday while touching on the topic of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump "has no interest in ...

Trump floats new auto tariffs in response to GM layoffs

President Trump on Wednesday hinted he may support new tariffs on auto imports as his latest response to General Motors' decision to shutter U.S. factories and lay off workers.In a series of tweets, Trump argued th...

Trial unlikely in UW gun ban lawsuit

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Both sides in a lawsuit over whether the University of Wyoming can restrict gun rights are leaving the decision up to a judge rather than going to a jury.

Lyle Williams of Uinta County is challenging the legality of UW's gun ban in a civil case ...