Top Democrat questions US meeting with Russian spy chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats want to know why the Trump administration allowed two Russian spy chiefs under U.S. and European sanctions to meet last week in Washington with American intelligence officials.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Reaction to Trump's immigration offer casts doubt on a deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's State of the Union offer of a "down-the-middle compromise" on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug in on their demands.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN , Associated Press

US productivity falls at 0.1 percent rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity edged down at a 0.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter. It was the weakest showing in nearly two years and further evidence of the struggles the country is having boosting worker efficiency.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer