GARNER, Iowa/MEXICO CITY - Farmers in the heartland that helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports. The value of exports at risk is based on a Reuters analysis of a tariff list which Mexico used in a trucking dispute six years ago and which Mexican officials have said could serve as a model if President Trump sets new barriers to Mexican goods.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gathered for his rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday (March 20) with some saying they doubted that FBI Director James Comey was capable of carrying out an independent investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow. Appearing before a congressional panel, Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
WASHINGTON - The head of the FBI publicly challenged U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, denying the Republican's claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped his 2016 election campaign and confirming his agency had launched a criminal investigation into any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing he had seen no evidence to support a claim by Trump that Obama had wiretapped his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York.
If you liked the balmy weather that dominated on the U.S. East Coast and much of the South this winter, you will probably enjoy the spring of 2017, too. The new season, which officially begins today, should bring more of the same in both regions, forecasters say, though for the East, a final twist of winter weirdness will have to play out before the region basks in the warmth again.
WASHINGTON - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday they saw no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016," Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. In a federal budget proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia.
WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that Congress was ready to "flex its muscles" if FBI Director James Comey did not answer lawmakers' questions by Wednesday about any Russian ties to the Trump campaign or provide evidence of a wiretapping warrant for Trump Tower.
WHEELING, W.Va. - When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. The married owners of Edna's hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.
CALGARY, Alberta -- Canadian researchers studying urine levels in swimming pools have discovered just how high the levels are, and the results are not pretty, according to an article published on Wednesday, March 1. Researchers at the University of Alberta developed a test to measure the amount of urine and took more than 250 samples from 31 pools and hot tubs in two Canadian cities. The results showed one 220,000-gallon pool, which is about one-third of an Olympic-sized pool, had had nearly 20 gallons of urine while another smaller pool had about 8 gallons.
Department store operator J.C. Penney Co. Inc. said on Friday, Feb. 24, it would close 130 to 140 stores over the next few months, and reported a bigger-than-expected drop in same-store sales for the holiday quarter. Shares of the company were down 2.6 percent in premarket trading on Friday, after initially rising 3 percent. The company said it would also initiate a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 employees from among its home office, stores and supply chain personnel. Fortune reported the list of stores closing would be announced in March.