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FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in three decades, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in future decades. The number of babies born in the U.S. has fallen for three straight years, and as births decline and the population ages, fewer Americans are available to work or start businesses, thereby slowing the economy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 17, 2018 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics said Thursday that the number of U.S. babies...
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May 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa women who lost limbs when they were struck while trying to climb through trains that were blocking the road sued the railroad Thursday for allegedly ignoring a safety hazard that's left a trail of horrific injuries. The lawsuits filed in state court allege that...
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In this May 21, 2016 file photo, a northern sea otter floats on its back while crushing a clam shell with its teeth in the small boat harbor at Seward, Alaska. Sea otters, once wiped out by hunting along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a strong comeback and fishermen who target shellfish are seeking relief from their voracious appetites. Sea otters eat the equivalent of a quarter of their own weight each day. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
May 17, 2018 - 1:32 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea...
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May 17, 2018 - 1:26 pm
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns said Thursday that the suspended head of the now-defunct consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee. Parliament's media committee said Alexander Nix had...
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FILE- This April 23, 2018, file photo shows a sold sign in front of a home in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, May 17, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
May 17, 2018 - 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week, marking their highest levels in seven years amid the peak home buying season. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed toward the significant 5 percent level. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, steam and smoke rise from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. The European Commission on Thursday, May 17, 2018 referred France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Britain the EU's highest Court of Justice saying they failed to respect air quality limits and did not take appropriate action in time. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
May 17, 2018 - 12:48 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. The European Commission on Thursday referred Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania to the EU's highest Court of Justice, saying they failed to respect air...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which millions' of dollars worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport. A court on Thursday, May 17, 2018 acquitted for lack of evidence 18 suspects accused of involvement in a massive 2013 diamond heist at Brussels airport when tens of millions worth of gems were stolen from the hold of a departing Swiss-bound place. One other, suspected of being the mastermind, will hear his case in court later. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, file)
May 17, 2018 - 12:36 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years after a brazen multimillion-dollar diamond heist on the tarmac of Brussels Airport, a Belgian court on Thursday cited a lack of evidence as it acquitted 18 suspects in the case. The massive 2013 theft, in which tens of millions worth of gems were stolen from the hold of a...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, background center, leads a meeting with the top military brass in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Putin says the new weapons presented this year will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
May 17, 2018 - 11:50 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will maintain a high tempo of modernizing its military arsenals this year. Speaking Thursday at a meeting with the top military brass in the southern Russian city of Sochi, Putin said the Russian air forces would receive 160 new aircraft this year...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at an EU and Western Balkan heads of state summit at the National Palace of Culture, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 17, 2018 - 11:47 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Thursday that it won't be feasible to offer wide-ranging compensation to European companies affected by U.S. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. President Donald Trump last week withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Oct.12, 2016, the logo of French oil giant Total SA is pictured at company headquarters in La Defense business district, outside Paris. French oil and gas company Total says it will not continue a multi-billion dollars project in Iran unless it is granted a waiver by U.S. authorities. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
May 17, 2018 - 11:38 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions. The new agreement is the first between Iran...
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