Countertops and rubber bands: US pursues obscure trade cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's high-profile trade offensives have grabbed headlines and rattled financial markets around the world. He's battling China over the industries of the future, s...

US economic sanctions on Huawei could backfire

The Trump administration's newly announced plan to restrict exports to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for national security reasons doesn't just up the ante in the China trade war. ...

US sanctions to hit Iran's metals industry, a major employer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran's government, its paramilitary forces and the oil exports that fund them. Now they are hitting its vital steel, aluminum, copper and iron industri...

Mexico says tariffs will send tomato prices soaring in US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Economy Department says U.S. consumers could pay 38% to 70% more for tomatoes after the U.S. Commerce Department announced it would re-impose anti-dumping duties on Mexican...

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___ Powell says Fed likely to end bond trimming by end of 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the Federal Reserve is close to an...

A very merry Christmas at Best Buy with sales booming

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is reporting big holiday sales numbers, more evidence that Americans are willing and able to spend. A dire report from the U.S. Commerce Department this mont...

EU to react swiftly if Trump slaps tariffs on EU cars

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that its reaction will be "swift and adequate" if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive...

Federal judge in New York bars U.S. Commerce Department from adding citizenship question to the 2020 census

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judge in New York bars U.S. Commerce Department from adding citizenship question to the 2020 census.

U.S. refuses to sign export license for Huawei affiliate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The United States government has refused to issue the local affiliate of China’s Huawei group, Huawei Technologies, with an export license due to national security concern...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation group...

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures th...

Asian shares steady as Beijing calms US-China trade row

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are moderately higher as worries over U.S.-China trade friction were calmed by conciliatory comments from Beijing. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 2...

This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update

SEVRES, France (AP) — The kilogram is getting an update. No, your bathroom scales won’t suddenly become kinder and a kilo of fruit will still weigh a kilo. But the way scientists define...

Taiwan continues to pursue Trump tariff exemption as relief given to 3 countries

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As U.S. President Donald Trump relaxed steel restrictions on imports from Argentina, Brazil and South Korea on Aug. 29, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs vowed to ...

China announces $60B of US goods for tariff retaliation

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it is poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with ...