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Jobless rate falls to 5.7% in Thunder Bay


The Fed increased its benchmark interest rate a quarter of a point during its March 14 meeting, which was the second such increase in three months. The April drop also largely reversed a labor-force gain in the previous month of 47,000. Wages continued to climb in April, with average hourly earnings rising almost 0.3 percent for the month to $26.19, which is 2.5 percent higher than the same month past year. Read More »

Government-wide spending bill headed for a House vote


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was visibly upset when he spoke to reporters at the White House about the budget deal's lack of money for a new border wall. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that Congress needs to return to the practice of passing one-year appropriations bills and sending them to the White House for approval, not continuing the recent practice of lurching from one stopgap spending bill to the next. Read More »

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

The U.S. Department of Commerce imposed hefty tariffs on soft lumber exports from Canada on Monday. Anyone looking for a political decoder for how the Trudeau government might be interpreting Donald Trump's latest spate of anti-Canadian trade rhetoric could do worse than American comedian Stephen Colbert. Read More »

Claims about Trump's tax plan don't hold up


The florist has a range of possibilit. President Trump's plan to overhaul the federal tax code threatens to fall disproportionately on residents of liberal-leaning states, a short-term boost for state governments that could turn into a long-term drag. Read More »

Sinclair close to buying rival TV operator Tribune


The $4 billion deal is slated to be announced on Monday morning. Therefore, the brokerage retained its Buy opinion on Sinclair Broadcast shares and a target price of $44.00 on the stock. The timing of the deal makes it unlikely the Federal Communications Commission will reject Sinclair's purchase of the 42 stations owned by Tribune Media , including Fox 61 and WCCT in the Hartford-New Haven market, he said. Read More »

'Guardians' sequel blasts off to $17M on opening night


The new film is more expansive, more attractive, funnier, nuttier and - this is the most hard trick for any comic-book movie to pull off - more touching than the first film". That being said, many wondered about whether or not the third film would take place before " Avengers: Infinity War ". In the midst of what looks like a losing battle with the Sovereign fleet, the Guardians are saved by Ego and his empath sidekick Mantis ( Pom Klementieff ). Read More »

Kentucky Derby notes: Derby victor is big in Brooklyn

Always Dreaming , who went off at 9-to-2 odds, becomes the fifth straight favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Last year's Derby victor was Nyquist, who held off a strong surge to the finish by Exaggerator. Though Always Dreaming pressed longshot State of Honor through a very fast half mile of 46.53 seconds, he was moving easily. "Down the back side, according to Velazquez", He got a nice position. Read More »

English losing importance in Europe: EU chief

Juncker speaks a number of European languages fluently but regularly speaks English at worldwide gatherings. He said he also wanted to speak French to be better understood in France ahead of Sunday's final presidential election round. "I will do everything in my power to ensure that information on the negotiations is made public so that an informed debate can take place", he said on Friday. Read More »

How Illinois can prepare for the Trump tax reforms


Analysts who spoke with VOA believe there is little chance the president's tax reform proposal will become law in its current form. Stronger growth could be greatly assisted by reducing health care costs, regulatory burdens and the trade deficit. Read More »

Cross -border Indian firing wounds 4 in Pakistani Kashmir


The Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) government on Saturday rejected Indian claims that a 12-year-old boy had crossed over into the Rajouri district of the India-held Kashmir (IHK) for the objective of 'spying'. On being challenged by the army's patrol party, the boy immediately surrendered, it said. India had alleged that the teenagers from Muzaffarabad had facilitated the Uri attackers. Read More »

Lawmakers Didn't Pull Any Punches When Criticizing Airline Reps


Add to this the delays with little information, the long, aching hours in confined spaces, the overhead-locker luggage wrangling, poor air quality, misbehaving fellow passengers, sullen flight attendants, and all the ways airlines have worked out how to fleece us (charging for seat allocation and blankets) and it's no wonder some passengers come away feeling they're of no outcome at all to the carrier. Read More »

Puerto Rico governor seeks Title III bankruptcy for public debt


Title III is an in-court debt restructuring process akin to US bankruptcy protection, since Puerto Rico is barred from using Chapter 9 of the USA federal bankruptcy code reserved for insolvent public entities. By invoking Title III of Promesa, Rossello asked for an in-court debt restructuring process. The certification includes assertions that: (a) the Commonwealth made good-faith efforts to reach a consensual restructuring its creditors; (b) a Title III proceeding is necessary to protect ... Read More »

Comac C919 takes off for maiden flight in China

Twenty-three customers have placed orders for 570 C919s, according to the latest information from the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). But the maiden flight is a milestone: While China is already an adept designer of military aircraft, it has struggled to catch up to Boeing and Airbus in manufacturing civilian airliners. Read More »

Federal Reserve upbeat on U.S. economy but holds rates

Investors who bet on the future path of the fed funds rate project the next rate hike occurring in June, according to CME FedWatch. While the European Central Bank continues to pump tens of billions of euros into the euro zone economy each month, the Fed has raised interest rates twice in the past six months and is expected to hike them twice more by the end of the year. Read More »

Comac C919 lands after uneventful maiden sortie

The plane passed expert technical appraisal this March. With a standard range of 4,075 km, the narrow- body jet is comparable with updated Airbus 320 and Boeing's new generation 737, signalling the country's entry into the global aviation mark, state-run Xinhua news agency reported . Read More »

James Conner Selected by hometown Steelers


Watt's brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, said he texted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown with ways to treat T.J. like a rookie. Harrison, 38, can be expected to have diminishing returns as he continues to age and by drafting Watt the Steelers are signaling they are planning for the future. Read More »

Dollar rallies after Fed signals June rate hike likely


In a statement, policymakers led by chair Janet Yellen acknowledged that household spending growth had grown "only modestly" lately, but they emphasised that the "fundamentals" behind consumption growth remained solid. In projections released in March, Fed officials indicated two more hikes are on the way, while the futures market believes there's about a coin-flip chance of that happening. Read More »

Site of Pulse nightclub massacre to become memorial, museum


Poma set up the club in 2004 in memory of her brother who died of AIDS. "The ultimate design and function will be decided by this community", Poma said . Standing outside the now vacant venue, Barbara Poma said the OnePulse Foundation will raise funds to help build the memorial as well as a museum with artifacts and stories about the June 2016 mass shooting . Read More »

Trump Says Iran Violating 'Spirit' Of Nuclear Deal


Trump's Secretary of State said the Iran nuclear agreement "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran". "It shouldn't have been negotiated the way it was negotiated". Before that 90-day policy review is finished review, the Trump administration will be faced with a decision that directly affects USA compliance with the deal. Read More »

More than 2 months of rain in St. Louis over a week


While an outbreak of severe weather is not in the forecast, there remains a possibility of isolated storms associated with this system that could include high winds, drenching rainfall, risky lightning and hail. The heavy rains have caused levees to fail or to be breached along the Missouri , Mississippi and OH rivers and their tributaries over the last few days. Read More »

Gluten-free diet raises heart attack risk


Their research showed that people who eat gluten have a 13% lower risk of developing diabetes. "If you don't have an allergy to gluten, and you are restricting you diet because you think it's going to help you in the long run, reconsider that". Read More »

Peugeot gears up with nuTonomy for self-driving car test


These cars will be fitted with nuTonomy's sophisticated software system in preparation for on-road testing in Singapore. Laliron noted that the software and sensors needed for this are particularly important, and explained how that was the main reason why Peugeot had chosen to partner with NuTonomy . Read More »

Fed set to leave interest rates unchanged, may hint at June hike


In the 12 months through March, the so-called core PCE price index increased 1.6 percent, the smallest gain since last July, after advancing 1.8 percent in February. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Fed Chair Janet Yellen doesn't have a press conference scheduled after this meeting, but she and at least five other Fed officials are scheduled to speak on Friday, giving policy makers a chance to explain their decision more fully if they so choose. Read More »