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DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a request to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a…

EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt today for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief blamed "half truths" and "twisted" allegations, an effort to…

U.S. mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58%

WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season.

Trump says Cohen represented him in 'Stormy Daniels deal'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said today that his personal attorney Michael Cohen represented him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal," after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Cohen made to the porn actress alleging an affair with Trump.

China urges U.S. to avoid damaging business confidence

BEIJING — China appealed to Washington today to avoid damaging business confidence following a report that U.S. authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiraling technology tensions.

Fiat Chrysler reports rise in profit and drop in debt

MILAN — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported today a 60 percent rise in net profit for the first quarter of the year as sales improved, particularly in the Americas, and demand rose globally for its Jeeps.

Pepsi shores up the drink business in North America

NEW YORK — PepsiCo, which like rival Coca-Cola is trying to find the right balance of healthier drinks and its classic sodas, staunched some of the sales declines in the latter category and got a boost in the first quarter…