Al-Qaeda Issues Rare Apology After Land Mine Kills Bus Riders

Mnuchin: No meeting planned between Trump and Iran’s Rouhani

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN’ roh-HAH’-nee) while he’s in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting is “not planned at the moment,” even though Trump has made clear “he would sit down with Rouhani with no condition” to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

Mnuchin also insists that the recent departure of former national security adviser John Bolton will not dramatically change the Trump administration’s posture on Iran. He says he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) “have been executing the president’s maximum pressure campaign” so there’s no “sea change.”

Bolton was a hardliner on Iran who was skeptical of engagement.

The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a China trade deal that would lift some tariffs

  • The Trump administration has reportedly considered a plan to offer China a deal,according to Bloomberg.
  • Under the agreement, the US would remove some of its punishing tariffs on Chinese goods.
  • In return, China would commit to increased farm purchases and changes to intellectual property rules.
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The Trump administration has reportedly considered a plan to offer China a deal that would include a rollback of some tariffs, potentially defusing tensions in a more than yearlong trade war that has rattled the world’s largest economies.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that under the agreement, the US would remove some of its punishing tariffs on Chinese goods in return for commitments on increased farm purchases and changes to intellectual property rules.

The White House did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

This story is developing.

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Artizen Oils Recalls Essential Oils Over Children’s Safety

Artizen Oils has recalled about 6,000 bottles of Wintergreen and Birch 100 percent Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils due to to failure to meet child resistant packaging requirements.

According to the company, the recalled products’ bottles are not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, posing a poisoning risk if the contents are swallowed by young children.

The recall includes all 1- and 2-ounce clear glass bottles of wintergreen and birch essential oils purchased prior to April 15, 2019. The label on each bottle displays Artizen Oils’ logo and the name of the product.

The company has asked customers to immediately remove the essential oils from the reach of children and contact Artizen Oils for a free replacement child-resistant cap.

The products were sold Online at eBay.com, Amazon.com, and Walmart.com from June 2017 through April 2019 for between $10 and $17.

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Rise In Line With Estimates In July

Wholesale inventories in the U.S. showed a modest rebound in the month of July, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday.

The report said wholesale inventories rose by 0.2 percent in July after edging down by a revised 0.1 percent in June. The uptick in inventories matched economist estimates.

The rebound in wholesale inventories came as inventories of non-durable goods climbed by 0.8 percent in July after falling by 0.4 percent in June.

Inventories of petroleum products showed a notable increase along with inventories of drugs, farm products, and groceries.

On the other hand, inventories of durable goods dipped by 0.2 percent in July after inching up by 0.1 percent in the previous month.

The report showed steep drops in inventories of metals and electrical equipment, which more than offset a jump in inventories of computer equipment.

The Commerce Department also said wholesale sales rose by 0.3 percent in July after dipping by 0.3 percent in June.

Sales of non-durable goods jumped by 1.2 percent amid a spike in sales of farm products, while sales of durable goods slid by 0.7 percent amid a sharp drop in sales of miscellaneous goods.

With inventories and sales both rising, the inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers was unchanged from the previous month at 1.36.

Judge Blocks Tennessee From Imposing New Restrictions On Voter Registration Drives

A federal judge blocked Tennessee election officials from enforcing strict new regulations on voter registration drives in the state.

The law, which was set to go into effect in October, requires voter registration drives to register with the state, put disclaimers on their voting materials and to turn in applications within 10 days of collecting them. Anyone who knowingly didn’t comply with those measures could be subject to a class A misdemeanor, punishable in Tennessee by up to nearly a year in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both.

The measure also imposes fines of $150 to $2,000 on voter registration groups if they turn in at least 100 incomplete voter registration forms. If voter registration groups turned in more than 500 incomplete forms, they could be fined up to $10,000.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Al-Qaeda Issues Rare Apology After Land Mine Kills Bus Riders

“We’re sorry” is something militant groups that have made deadly violence their trademark rarely say.

But that’s what an al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for scores of attacks across West Africa said Wednesday as it apologized for the deaths of “our brothers and sons” who died in Mali as a bus they were traveling in hit a landmine meant for the “French occupier and its acolytes.”

About 60 people were on the bus when it passed through a region in central Mali notorious for jihadist violence despite French-led military efforts to repel the militants. Fourteen people died and 15 others were injured in the Sept. 3 attack, according to the government.

The apology from the Group of Support for Muslims and Islam, known as JNIM, was first published by its media outlet Az-Zallaqa and shared on social media.

Though rare, al-Qaeda and its affiliates have apologized for incidents in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. For Mali, plagued by Islamist violence since 2012, it’s a first.

— With assistance by Bokar Sangare