Government business and finance

In this Feb. 19. 2019 photo, people fill forms to joint to the group of volunteers that will help to introduce humanitarian aid into Venezuela, during a meeting to recruit volunteers, at a square in Caracas, Venezuela. The opposition expects to mobilize on Saturday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 21, 2019 - 4:40 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela's borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops. Nurses, doctors, engineers and homemakers have volunteered by the...
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Protestors in costume and wearing Union and EU flags demonstrate about the process of Brexit outside EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May met Wednesday for their latest negotiating session to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
February 21, 2019 - 3:52 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of March 29, while the European Union's chief said he remains downbeat about Britain avoiding a chaotic departure from the bloc...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2018, file photo, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., asks a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 21, 2019 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House, which has proposed freezing the standards, said it would now move unilaterally...
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, a man watches Super Bowl LIII at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas. Kentucky's public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers for years as they sought a solution. Now some lawmakers think they’ve found at least a partial fix: sports gambling. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 21, 2019 - 1:49 pm
Kentucky's public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers for years as they sought a solution. Now some lawmakers think they've found at least a partial fix: sports gambling. Several bills introduced this...
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British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, right, and shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmar leave EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 21 2019. Corbyn is in Brussels to meet European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
February 21, 2019 - 11:24 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (all times local): 3:55 p.m. The British government says trade deals with Japan, Turkey and other countries won't be in place by March 29, the day Britain is due to leave the European Union. International Trade Secretary...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 21, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs declined and hiring is likely strong. The Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000, a very low level by historical standards. The...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers talks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Evers says he anticipates not supporting a Republican middle class tax cut bill that passed with no Democratic votes. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 20, 2019 - 5:34 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office. Republicans rushed to pass the bill, the first they introduced this year,...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, arrives at the National Congress to deliver a proposal to overhaul Brazil's pension system, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Lawmakers received this week an anti-crime bill and a proposal to overhaul Brazil's pension system, the government's flagship reform. (AP Photo/Lucio Tavora)
February 20, 2019 - 4:49 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday proposed making Brazilians work longer before they can receive a pension, a signature campaign promise aimed at rescuing a troubled retirement system and giving a boost to Latin America's largest economy. Bolsonaro gave House Speaker...
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren't even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker's $39 billion...
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President Donald Trump shakes hands as he meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 20, 2019 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that tariffs on autos imported from Europe are something "we certainly think about" as the White House reviews a Commerce Department report on whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to U.S. national security. Trump made it clear...
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