A look at all the changes coming to 'Thomas & Friends'

Thomas the Tank Engine-Makeover

Change is coming to “Thomas & Friends,” the 30-year-old TV show based on a series of books from...


Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

China Party Congress

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation’s “grim” challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress. Speaking in the massive Great Hall of the...


Senate health care deal in doubt as Trump says he's opposed

APTOPIX Congress Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty...


Big question for US cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price?

Amazon-New HQ-New Jobs Hub

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon’s second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer: Is it worth it? Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. Yet the winning city would have to provide...


Investor and TV pundit thanks God that 'white people populated America, and not the

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Veteran Swiss investor and television commentator Marc Faber faced backlash Tuesday for comments in a newsletter thanking God that “white people populated America, and not the blacks.” CNBC and Fox Business Network said they will no longer book Faber on their shows,...


Billionaire financier Soros shifts $18 billion into his Open Society Foundations

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Billionaire financier George Soros, known for donating to liberal causes, now commands one of the most powerful philanthropies in the United States after having moved $18 billion of his personal wealth into his Open Society Foundations. The philanthropy, launched in...


Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions,

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and...


Asia stocks mixed, Nikkei cheered by likely ruling party win

Financial Markets

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday, as some indexes got a boost from overnight gains on Wall Street. Japan’s benchmark held steady as expectations grew that a likely ruling party win in Sunday’s Japanese parliamentary elections will help stability and growth. The Shanghai Composite...


A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

Congress Health Care-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America’s health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump’s order to terminate “Obamacare” subsidies. The president, at first, spoke approvingly of the deal, but as...


Negotiators give up hope of rewriting NAFTA this year

US Canada Mexico Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled over tough American demands, dashing hopes that a deal can be reached this year. A fourth round of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended in mutual exasperation Tuesday. Talks will continue next...


Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple

GM-Autonomous Car Testing

DETROIT (AP) — Autonomous vehicles are already navigating the verdant hills of Pittsburgh and the pitched avenues of San Francisco. They may soon be tested by the chaos of Manhattan, where pedestrians, taxis, buses and bikes embark daily on an eternal quest to avoid impact. Cruise Automation, a San...

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