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Fed Chair Powell stresses importance of an independent Fed

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system. His remarks Friday came after Kevin Warsh, a former Fed official who...


Business

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

Amazon Echo Private Conversation

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family’s private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the fault was an “unlikely” series of inadvertent vocal cues that triggered...


Government

Trump steering clear of messy House immigration fight

Trump Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spent recent weeks publicly hammering Congress to crack down on “legal loopholes” he says allow criminals to enter the country illegally. But behind the scenes, Trump has shown little interest in jumping into an intensifying Capitol Hill debate over...


Environment

Migratory bird advocates file suit to stop feds from easing protections

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signaled it wouldn’t punish companies or people whose actions unintentionally kill birds. The move came as a relief to some Utah industries but was a blow to the National Audubon Society, which filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday.


Government

Trump accuses Dems of 'rooting against' NKorea talks

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday accused Democrats of “rooting against” upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea, and said his political opponents were trying to coddle gang members. With the 2018 midterm elections on the horizon, Trump has gone out of his way to poke Democrats. On...


National

The Latest: Mine official downplays impact of failed deal

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a proposed copper-and-gold mine in southwest Alaska (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Developers of a proposed copper-and-gold mine near a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska are downplaying the impact after a deal with a potential investor fell apart. Tom...


World

Brazil president says striking truckers could be removed

Brazil Truckers Protest

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America’s largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads....


Business

California measure to slash marijuana taxes suffers setback

California Marijuana Taxes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s legal marijuana industry will have to wait for a tax cut. Legislation that would have slashed taxes on legal pot for three years to entice people away from the black market failed to advance out of a key legislative committee Friday. “Today was another big win...


National

Utah NAACP head disheartened by sentence in hate-crime case

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A Utah man accused of yelling racial slurs at the young son of a black man and then shocking the father with a stun cane has been sentenced to nine months behind bars — an outcome called disheartening by a civil rights leader.


State

CDC: Fake CBD oil sickened 52 people in Utah

Marijuana to Hemp CBD Boom

U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah.


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