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New York • The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office. The chain, …

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Mnuchin says after the battle over health care, the administration will turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Mnuchin says Trump tax plan coming soon
    Washington • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to t...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens at left, as Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015
    Washington • President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but ...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Apple: Software flaws WikiLeaks cited are fixed
    New York • Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers. The ...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cyprus: Gas search to continue despite Turkish ‘threats’
    Nicosia • Cyprus said Friday it won’t give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would “tak...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 01:15 pm   |     |   Share


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