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Economic talks between US-China result in truce in trade war

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Washington, May 21 (AP) - The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing.
"We are putting the trade war on hold," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday.
After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to "substantially reduce" America's trade deficit with China, but...

Kerry says civil discourse is under threat around the world

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Abu Dhabi, May 21 (AP) - Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that "true civil discourse" is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming.
While obliquely criticizing President Donald...

Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

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Austin, May 21 (AP) - Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman.
But in the aftermath of the deadliest public school shooting in Texas history, early...

Man drives into restaurant, killing 2

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Bessemer City, May 21 (AP) - The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):
Witnesses say the lunchtime scene at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City was comfortable, with families eating, until a vehicle crashed into the building.
Caleb Martin, a...

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

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Pahoa, May 20 (AP) - In the weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have burned from oozing lava, people have fled their homes and plumes of steam from the summit have shot sky-ward, prompting officials to distribute face masks to protect against ash particles.

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