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Apple ordered to pay Ireland back taxes that could reach billions

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The European Commission has ordered Apple to pay back taxes to Ireland, saying the country gave the company illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros, or $14.5 billion.

Ireland has a corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent; the commission said in its press release Tuesday that after two years of investigations, it found that the "selective ...Read more

6,900 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in one day, IOM says

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ROME -- More than 6,900 migrants have been rescued from the central Mediterranean, in one of the largest ever single-day operations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

The Italian coastguard coordinated 35 interventions on Monday, intercepting 44 dinghies, eight small wooden boats, one ship with 200 on board and ...Read more

Strategist: Can't remember the last time the election meant this much for markets

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NEW YORK -- Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

That's what financial markets are predicting for the world's largest economy ahead of the November election, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo. If those predictions turn out to be wrong, however, the fallout could be ...Read more

Murphy, Rubio, McCain enter Tuesday's primaries as heavy favorites

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Leaders in the Republican and Democratic parties are expected to get their way Tuesday in a trio of marquee Senate primaries, each of which features an establishment-backed candidate who -- by nearly all indications -- will defeat a longshot challenger.

In Arizona, Republican Sen. John McCain faces former state Sen. Kelli Ward in a race that ...Read more

Portman hits Strickland on coal in new TV ad

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rob Portman is appealing to Ohio coal miners in a new ad released Tuesday.

The minute-long television ad will go on the air in southeast Ohio from now until Election Day, according to Portman's campaign. The ad is part of a $14 million statewide ad reservation that the Ohio Republican's campaign announced in May.

In the ...Read more

House Calls Might Save Medicaid Money for States

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WASHINGTON -- Doctors who make house calls may seem like something from America's Norman Rockwell past. But they never disappeared entirely, and there is new evidence that home visits can play an important role in providing health care to the aged and chronically ill -- while saving taxpayers millions.

The federal Centers for Medicaid and ...Read more

Obama finds an ally in Wal-Mart, whose stores he once shunned

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WASHINGTON -- As a freshman senator with his eye on the presidency, Barack Obama said he'd never shop at a Wal-Mart and held the company up as an emblem of corporate greed.

Today, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is one of Obama's most reliable corporate allies, a go-to partner that's backed the White House on more than a dozen business initiatives, ...Read more

Nevada's Cresent Hardy is hospitalized for 'minor heart attack'

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Nevada Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy was hospitalized for a "minor heart attack," according to a spokesman's statement on Monday and several Las Vegas news outlets.

He has "undergone a routine medical procedure" after the attack, the statement said, adding that he remains under observation by doctors.

The first-term congressman expects to be ...Read more

VA is changing policy on displaying of Confederate flag at cemeteries

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is changing its policy on displaying the Confederate flag, at the urging of Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., and other House Democrats.

In a letter to Huffman, Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald Walters wrote that the new policy will prohibit the Confederate flag from being flown at...Read more

Huma Abedin is Hillary Clinton's closest aide, and now she might be a liability

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WASHINGTON -- Before any of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's creepy sexting even came to light, his wife had attracted unwanted attention for her boss, Hillary Clinton.

Huma Abedin is a favorite target of Republicans. They accuse her of being a Saudi spy, a self-dealing insider, the mastermind behind a plot to hide Clinton's email.

But the ...Read more

Husband of Heart singer is arrested in assault case

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SEATTLE -- The husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson is being held on investigation of assaulting the 16-year-old twin sons of her sister, Nancy Wilson, during the pair's show at White River Amphitheatre on Friday night.

Dean Stuart Wetter, 65, appeared in King County District Court on Monday. Bail was set at $10,000. He will make his second ...Read more

US reaches refugee milestone

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WASHINGTON--The U.S. Monday was to accept its 10,000th refugee from Syria, described by the White House as an achievement reached ahead of schedule and "without cutting any corners."

Whether the country should have admitted even that many, or far more, remains the subject of political debate.

The escalation of the Syrian civil war prompted a ...Read more

What does Trump mean when he says he will deport 'criminal' immigrants first?

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WASHINGTON -- During a week of ping-ponging immigration stances, Donald Trump appears to be shifting his position from one which initially called for the deportation of all 11 million people in the United States illegally to one that would focus on "criminal" immigrants.

Though it is true that some in the U.S. illegally have criminal records, ...Read more

Clinton on debating Trump: 'I'm running against someone who will say or do anything'

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As she prepares for the first presidential debate next month, Hillary Clinton told donors Monday that the face-off will be a crucial moment in the fall campaign and that Donald Trump is an unpredictable adversary.

"I'm running against someone who will say or do anything. And who knows what that might be?" Clinton said. "I do not know which ...Read more

USDA considers new rules for commercial animal exhibitors

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WASHINGTON -- People have no business routinely mingling with the likes of bears, tigers and lions, Cortney Sumpter says.

Her fellow Californian Joel Grimm agrees. He, like Sumpter, wants tighter rules governing the iconic mammals that are both photogenic and potentially dangerous.

"I am appalled at how exotic animals are continuing to be ...Read more

Analysis: Desire to avoid Bush missteps could taint Obama legacy

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WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's relative inaction in the Middle East will shape -- and, perhaps, taint -- his legacy, an ironic twist to a presidency conceived in part by his own criticism of his predecessor's military overreach in the region.

The outgoing commander in chief opted against enforcing his own "red line" against Syrian President ...Read more

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Passenger tries to open Alaska Airlines door in-flight; plane diverts to Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS -- A passenger tried -- and failed -- to open a door Monday on a commercial airliner at cruising altitude after it left New York, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in the Twin Cities.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge said ...Read more

Rousseff to Brazil Senate: Vote for democracy, not impeachment

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BRASILIA, Brazil -- President Dilma Rousseff defended her record in office during her impeachment trial Monday in the Brazilian Senate, rejecting charges of corruption and warning of a break in the country's democracy.

"We are faced with a coup," the leftist Workers Party (PT) leader said in an emotional and combative speech that could well be ...Read more

Mylan to sell generic EpiPen to quell outcry over $600 cost

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Mylan NV, the drugmaker under fire for pricing its EpiPen emergency allergy shots at $600, said it will introduce a generic version in coming weeks that will halve the price.

The generic EpiPen will be identical to the branded product, including device functionality and drug formulation, and cost $300 per two-pack carton, Mylan said in a ...Read more

Kerry offers new security ties to Bangladesh to fight terror

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. and Bangladesh intelligence and law enforcement agencies will work more closely together to fight extremists after a spate of attacks on locals and foreigners alike raised concerns the Islamic State is spreading its network here.

In meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and ...Read more