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Rust Belt Wisconsin looks to fill high-skill jobs at Foxconn

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Rust Belt state that built a manufacturing legacy through assembly-line jobs will have to quickly transition to a more highly skilled workforce now that Foxconn has selected Wisconsin as the site of its coveted U.S. electronics plant. “This will not be your grandfather’s factory,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “This will be ... Read More »

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. Never in doubt, however, was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties ... Read More »

Contractor appeals delay Trump border wall prototypes

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that prototypes for a proposed border wall with Mexico have been delayed until November because two companies have objected to the bidding process, dealing another setback to the president’s aggressive timetable to make good on a signature campaign pledge. The administration initially planned to begin construction in San Diego by June. ... Read More »

Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump’s legislative tug of war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. Trump’s vow to extend a hand of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been met ... Read More »

US-Mexico border mayors worry about NAFTA makeover

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States was marked Thursday by worries that more limits on trade could stifle economic growth in a region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The 17 city leaders paid little attention ... Read More »

House ethics panel investigating Guam Delegate Bordallo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating a complaint against Del. Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, following a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The committee did not specify the nature of the allegation against Bordallo, but a spokesman for the delegate said the inquiry was the result of a politically motivated complaint regarding her ... Read More »

GOP’s repeal of insurance mandate could backfire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act’s highly unpopular penalty for not having health insurance could backfire on Republicans, prompting significant premium increases if it were actually to pass. One of the main reasons GOP lawmakers have given in their quest to overturn “Obamacare” is that they want to lower premiums for people who buy individual health ... Read More »

Starbucks to shutter all Teavana stores as sales disappoint

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is shutting down its struggling Teavana chain, and relying on customers who spend more on pricier drinks and food to drive up sales at its namesake coffee stores. The company reported disappointing global sales growth on Thursday, and said it will close all 379 Teavana locations over the coming year. It had acquired the U.S. ... Read More »

USC QB Sam Darnold adjusting to life in the spotlight

Sam Darnold

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold had nowhere to go, an unfamiliar position given his penchant for avoiding pressure as a redshirt freshman. However, there was no eluding the cameras and audio recorders in front of Darnold at Pac-12 media days Thursday. Not for the mandatory 25-minute interview availability, not during a less formal but equally crowded ... Read More »

Intel’s 2Q results top analyst views, lifting stock

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel Corp. more than doubled its second-quarter profit as sales of its personal computer chips strengthened and the company made further inroads in promising new areas of technology. The world’s largest chipmaker also brightened its outlook for the remainder of the year. The report released Thursday drew a lukewarm reaction from investors as Intel’s stock ... Read More »