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Global finance leaders dodge conflict with Trump White House

Global finance leaders sought to avoid conflict with the Trump administration over trade and environmental policy and welcomed signs the world economy is pulling out of the doldrums.

Public window on financial complaints could be closing soon

U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Most of those complaints were compiled and made available for anyone to see as part of a database administered by the federal government.

Schumer: Boost communication after Penn Station stampede

Sen. Charles Schumer said that the stampede that injured 16 people at New York's Penn Station just over a week ago shows a need for better coordination between law enforcement agencies at transportation hubs.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

Sessions praises NYPD after 'soft on crime' controversy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the New York Police Department has developed "some of the best" policing techniques ever and should be studied, just days after the Justice Department chastised New York City for a "soft on crime" stance.

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

Police: Officer shoots knife-wielding man Virginia

Police say an officer in Virginia shot a knife-wielding man who had earlier told dispatchers that he strangled his wife.


Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax
Hot Dish Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.

Governor to lawmakers: Kill transparency measures
Secrecy Rules

Two measures sought by government openness advocates are criticized by Gov. Mark Dayton.


Ex-treasure hunter faces more charges over missing coins

A federal judge is warning an ex-treasure hunter that he could face another contempt-of-court charge if he doesn't reveal the location of 500 missing gold coins.


More Venezuelans struggle in US as their country implodes

People crowd outside a church near Miami's international airport, chatting about family and friends left behind in Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo as they wait more than an hour to receive rice, beans, yogurt and other food for their families.


Trump at 100 days: 'It's a different kind of presidency'

For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.


Sessions on Hawaii remark: 'Nobody has a sense of humor'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says "nobody has a sense of humor anymore."


With Supreme Court seat filled, GOP looks to lower courts

Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.


Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest

The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage.


At least 10K gather at Capitol for Minnesota's March for Science

At least 10,000 people walked to the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday to champion the role of science in American life. While organizers billed the event as nonpartisan, it pressed for scientific research in the face of Trump administration rhetoric and cutbacks.


1 dead after police shooting at Ohio city apartment complex

Authorities say an officer shot and killed a man who confronted him with a butcher knife at an apartment complex in an Ohio city.


Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General.


Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital

President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many Trump likely will award during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military.