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  • Congress unites in scorn for Shkreli, but gridlock remains
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:00 pm
    A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed.
  • Obama, Xi coordinate response to NKorea provocations
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:00 pm
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) agree that a planned ballistic missile test by North Korea would be another "provocative and destabilizing" action in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.
  • Obama to appear on 'Ellen' next week
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 11:36 am
    President Barack Obama is returning to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
  • National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 10:28 am
    The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.
  • Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:20 am
    A police group's proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what's minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.
  • Help wanted: Jobs aplenty at stores, restaurants, hospitals
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 9:00 am
    The best places to look for work last month? Retail, restaurants and health care.
  • Jobs report helps ease concerns a recession might be nearing
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 8:52 am
    U.S. manufacturing is shrinking, corporate profits are declining and goods are piling up on warehouse shelves. Those trends have elevated concern that a U.S. recession may loom in the next year or two.
  • US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 6:32 am
    The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.
  • Today's jobs report could ease US recession fears. Or not.
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 2:40 am
    The federal government releases January unemployment figures this morning, and another solid report on job growth could help alleviate concerns about a recession possibly on the horizon.
  • Analysis: Clinton moves aggressively to hold off Sanders
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 2:12 am
    Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged.
  • US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:16 am
    The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe -- particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.
  • Trump campaign shows a different side after Iowa loss
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:12 am
    Stung by his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump is facing new pressure to prove he can translate his massive crowds and poll leads into election wins. And his team appeared intent to demonstrate on Thursday that they'd learned from any past mistakes.
  • Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:12 am
    For months, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned against each other with a velvet touch, eager to distinguish their race for the Democratic presidential nomination from the combative contest taking place in the Republican primary.
  • TRAIL TRANSLATOR: Dems prefer 'progressive' to 'liberal'
    Associated Press | February 05, 2016 12:09 am
    Back up a moment from the brawl between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the real progressive and whether one can be that and be pragmatic at the same time.
  • AP FACT CHECK: Dems in New Hampshire
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 8:52 pm
    Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign -- despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. Bernie Sanders once again mischaracterized the share of the wealth taken by the very richest Americans.