U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

The FBI is investigating companies they believe may have been fronts for Trump-Russia business deals. The investigation includes financial transactions by Russian individuals and companies thought to have links to Trump associates. The transactions under scrutiny involve investments by Russians in overseas entities that appear to have been undertaken through middlemen and front companies, two people briefed on the probe said.

U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits

U.S. and Saudi  Arabian companies signed business deals worth tens of billions of  dollars on Saturday during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, as  Riyadh seeks help to develop its economy beyond oil. National oil firm Saudi Aramco said it signed $50 billion of agreements with U.S. firms. Energy minister Khalid al-Falih said deals involving all companies totaled over $200 billion, many of them designed to produce things in Saudi Arabia that had previously been imported.

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

Michael Flynn and  other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian  officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails  during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and  former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration's response to the U.S. territory's plight was insufficient.

More layoffs at Indiana factory Trump made deal to keep open

More than 200 workers clocked in for their final shifts on Thursday at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis in the latest round of layoffs at a plant President Donald Trump toured in December 2016 to trumpet a deal to save jobs and prevent its closure.

U.S. EPA grants biofuels waiver to billionaire Icahn's oil refinery

The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N) to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs related to the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The regulation is meant to cut air pollution, reduce petroleum imports and support corn farmers by requiring refiners to mix billions of gallons of biofuels into the  nation’s gasoline and diesel each year.

U.S. Treasury moves to protect identities of 'dark money' political donors

The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities. But the move frees labor unions, issue advocacy organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-exempt money from meeting confidential disclosure requirements set in place decades ago.

China grants more trademark approvals for Ivanka Trump firm – including voting machines

China last month granted initial approval for 16 new trademarks for
the fashion brand of U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser
Ivanka, including voting machines, a search of official records on
Tuesday showed. Ivanka announced in July she was shutting her
fashion line to focus on her role as an informal White House adviser,
where she is working on advancing working women.