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U.S., China make progress on trade deal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/13/19, 12:22 pm

WASHINGTON—New tariffs on Chinese goods will not take effect Sunday as planned after China and the United States agreed on wording for the first phase of a trade deal. President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted he thought it was an “amazing deal” and said he would start “negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election.”

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Judiciary panel approves impeachment articles

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/13/19, 12:19 pm

WASHINGTON—Two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump will head to a full floor vote next week after passing in the House Judiciary Committee 23-17 along party lines on Friday. The committee failed to vote on the articles on Thursday as planned despite a marathon, 14-hour markup session. Trump would become the third U.S. president to be impeached if the House passes the articles.

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Christmas tree supply a little tight

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/13/19, 12:13 pm

Industry officials are recommending shoppers buy live Christmas trees earlier this year, especially if they want a specific type or size. Not only is the supply limited, but trees have also increased slightly in price. Last year, real trees cost about $78 on average, $3 more than the previous year.

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