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Trump rails against Democratic rivals ahead of Iowa caucuses

By AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING | January 30, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his top Democratic presidential rivals Thursday, taking his fight to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and the crucial battleground state of Michigan.With Democrats set to hold...

Commerce secretary: China virus could bring jobs back to US

By PAUL WISEMAN | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested Thursday that the viral outbreak in China might offer an unexpected benefit for the U.S. economy: It could encourage American manufacturers in China to return to the United States.“I think...

Tricky trade-offs for states in Trump’s new Medicaid offer


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday offered states more control over Medicaid spending for some of their poorest residents, but first governors must accept a limit on how much the feds kick in.That's a potentially tricky deal for states...

House backs measures asserting congressional war powers

By MATTHEW DALY | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refocusing a debate on war and peace in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved measures reasserting congressional authority over war powers.In separate votes, the House passed...

UK rates held as Brexit clarity shores up economic surveys

By PAN PYLAS | January 30, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England on Thursday opted against cutting interest rates amid signs of improvement in the British economy in the run-up to Britain's imminent departure from the European Union.The bank said in a statement that its Monetary...

Pompeo reassures Britain on US relations after Brexit

By MATTHEW LEE | January 30, 2020

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. and Britain would retain and enhance their special relationship once the U.K. leaves the European Union this week. He also said that American unhappiness with the British...

Brexit finally arrives Friday: A momentous yet quiet moment

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS | January 30, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — Friday will mark a truly historic moment, but almost nothing will happen.A few Union Jack flags will be lowered from European Union buildings in Brussels, more will be waved in jubilation by Brexiteers in London at the moment of Britain's...

German unemployment rate climbs above 5% in January

January 30, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's jobless rate climbed above 5% in January, pushed higher largely by seasonal factors while also reflecting slower growth in Europe's biggest economy, official data showed Thursday.The unadjusted unemployment rate, the headline...

Low-cost fashion brand H&M sees full-year sales up by 11%

January 30, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB says its net sales have increased by 11% to 232.7 billion kronor ($24.2 billion) last year “in an ever-changing fashion industry.”The Stockholm-based group says its...

World markets tumble as fears over virus outbreak spread

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | January 30, 2020

Shares tumbled in Europe and Asia on Thursday as the impact of the virus outbreak in China expanded to include flight cancellations and other wider precautions to help stop its spread.Taiwan's benchmark dived 5.8% as its market reopened after the Lunar...

UK automakers report drop in investment, production

By DANICA KIRKA | January 30, 2020

LONDON (AP) — British auto production dropped for a third straight year in 2019, as carmakers continued to hold off on investment amid uncertainty over the country's departure from the European Union.The anemic figures announced Thursday by the Society...

Survey: University investments saw slower growth in 2019

By COLLIN BINKLEY | January 30, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Most U.S. universities made money on their financial investments last year, but their returns were tempered by a global economic slowdown fueled by America’s trade war with China, according to an annual survey of school finance chiefs.The...