Government business and finance

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019.
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July 15, 2019 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven...
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This is the first March Madness tournament since legal gambling expanded last year in the U.S. The spread of legalized sports betting is largely following regional boundaries.
Wayne Parry/AP Photo, File
June 23, 2019 - 9:18 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting , a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year's end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and...
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FILE- This Feb. 13, 2019, file photo shows multiple forms printed from the Internal Revenue Service web page that are used for 2018 U.S. federal tax returns in Zelienople, Pa. If you don’t think you will be able to complete and file your taxes on time, re
AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File
April 14, 2019 - 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokeswoman says lawmakers aren't "smart enough" to assess President Donald Trump's tax returns. Press secretary Sarah Sanders tells "Fox News Sunday" she doesn't think House Democrats are equipped to examine the documents, which a key House committee is demanding...
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FILE - In a March 13, 2019 file photo, an American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits at a boarding gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York. American Airlines said Sunday, April 7, 2019 it is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights
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April 07, 2019 - 3:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators. American said Sunday it is extending the cancellations through June 5 from the earlier timeframe of April 24. The airline...
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 FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible in reflection in Washington. On Friday, March 22, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for February.
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March 22, 2019 - 2:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government posted a record budget deficit in February, pushing the overall deficit for the first five months of the budget year up 39 percent from a year ago. The Treasury Department says in its monthly report that the deficit hit an all-time high for February of $234...
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio listens as he speaks before a group of people at a restaurant in Concord, N.H., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during the small gathering as he mulls a run for president, say
Hunter Woodall/AP Photo
March 17, 2019 - 8:29 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama's early days in office were "a lost window." Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2004, file photo, then President Bush, left, waves with Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, right, as they step off Air Force One upon Bush's arrival in Dallas.
Charles Dharapak/ AP Photo, File
March 07, 2019 - 2:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and Clyde in Dallas, has died. He was 95. Ed Valentine, Hall's longtime strategist, said the Republican and...
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March 06, 2019 - 12:15 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says the average gas mileage for the fleet of U.S. new vehicles rose slightly in 2017 to a record 24.9 mpg. But an environmental group says the 0.2 mpg increase fell short of the 1 mpg jump required under Obama-era rules. The EPA says in a...
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