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Donald Trump misses his old job, struggles with the workload of the presidency and finds it brings a lack of privacy, he told Reuters ahead of his 100th day in office, NBC News reported.
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going … this is more work than in my previous life," he told Reuters. "I thought it would be easier."
The interview comes as Trump proposes a major tax reform plan, signs a slew of executive orders and tries to get a health care bill passed. He is also working to contain the nuclear threat in North Korea by negotiating with other major Asian leaders.
"I'm a details oriented person. I think you would say that, but I do miss my old life," Trump said. "I like to work, so that's not a problem, but this is actually more work."
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President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least another week.
The House won't vote on a reworked health care overhaul until at least next week, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters late Thursday. Party leaders made that decision after spending all day pressuring moderate GOP lawmakers to back that bill, but fell short of the votes they'd need to prevail.
"As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it," McCarthy said after leaving a nearly two-hour meeting of the House GOP leadership.
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Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state's efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline.
Kenneth Williams on Thursday became the fourth convicted killer executed in Arkansas in eight days as the state sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.
An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said that about three minutes in, Williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession — lurching violently against the leather restraint across his chest — then the rate slowed for a final five movements.
The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lackluster beginnings to the year.
The gross domestic product, the total output of goods and services, grew by just 0.7 percent in the first quarter following a gain of 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
The slowdown primarily reflected slower consumer spending, which grew by just 0.3 percent after a 3.5 percent gain in the fourth quarter. It was the poorest showing in more than seven years. Analysts blame in part the unusually warm winter, which meant less spending on utility bills.
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President Donald Trump warned on Thursday that the U.S. could be headed toward a "major, major conflict" with North Korea over the country's nuclear and missile programs, NBC News reported.
The president said so in an interview with Reuters, adding, "We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult."
Trump also said he hoped the North's 33-year-old leader, Kim Jong-Un, is "rational." The president said taking over a regime at a young age is "a very hard thing to do."
The interview comes just hours after a North Korean propaganda outlet released a video simulating an attack on America, with targets superimposed on the White House and American aircraft carriers.
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President Trump came to Washington with an aggressive legislative agenda dubbed the "100-day Action Plan to Make America Great Again."
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Starbucks' mobile order and pay system has been bringing some of its busiest locations to a standstill, NBC News reported.
The system lets people order ahead and swoop into a store to pick up their coffee, food or unicorn frappucino. It was so popular in the first quarter of 2017 that store traffic ground to a halt as baristas contended with a wave of orders, prompting some walk-in customers to leave.
In 1,200 Starbucks locations, at least 20 percent of transactions in peak hours came from customers using mobile order and pay, the company said.
So the company has been experimenting with new ways to "more efficiently handle increased demand" from both mobile and walk-in customers during peak hours.
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A U.S. ambassador says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will tell the U.N. Security Council about steps the United States believes are needed to "further isolate" North Korea and "to try to bring it back to its senses" over nuclear issues.
Robert Wood, ambassador to the U.N.'s Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, gave a preview of Tillerson's address later on Friday.
Wood called North Korea the greatest threat to the 47-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which the secretive regime abandoned in 2003.
Dozens of people who support immigrants are protesting outside a Long Island courthouse where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be discussing the violent street gang that's paralyzing residents with fear.
Sister Catherine Fitzgibbon, a Catholic nun from Brentwood, says area's "very good" and "hardworking" residents fear both the MS-13 gang and immigration enforcement.
Security was extremely tight around the courthouse Friday.
The gang has been blamed for the deaths of 11 mostly young people in blue-collar Brentwood and Central Islip since last year.
Pope Francis landed in Egypt's capital on Friday for a historic two-day visit aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name.
Three weeks after Islamic militants staged deadly twin Palm Sunday church attacks in Egypt, Francis arrived in Cairo for a series of deeply symbolic encounters with top religious and political leaders and to participate in an international peace conference.
He will meet first with Egypt's president and the Christian patriarch — the "other" pope, Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church — and pray for victims of the attacks.
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A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and wired wins.
"Critters are smart — they survive," said biologist Rob "Goose" Gosnell, head of U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife services in Guam, where brown tree snakes have gobbled up nearly all the native birds. "Trying to outsmart them is hard to do."
In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.
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Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again.
New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant meals are set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But they could be pushed back again if grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains get their way.
Originally passed as part of the health care overhaul in 2010, the law requires restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. The delays have come as those businesses that never wanted to be part of the law say it is burdensome and have fiercely lobbied against it.
Even as President Trump pulls back on regulations governing car emissions, part of a broader policy of overturning environmental protections enacted by the Obama administration, California is determinedly headed in the opposite direction with stricter rules it alone is authorized to enact.
During a visit to Detroit last month, Trump halted the imposition of standards that would cut car emissions almost in half by 2025, including greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. The administration instead will reopen a review of the standards at the request of the major automakers, giving them the chance to argue that the rules should be eased.
"This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation," Trump said in Detroit.
But California is moving forward with the more stringent tailpipe rules, setting up an expected show down with the Trump administration. A week after Trump's announcement, the California Air Resources Board not only voted to reaffirm the standards and but also began to consider new ones to take effect after 2025. Likely to join the fight will be the dozen other states that follow California's standards rather than the national ones. States can choose either.
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Berkeley, California, known as the home of the free speech movement, was under heavy police watch on Thursday as hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting "USA" gathered in a park to protest a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
Berkeley police erected barricades and refused to let any protesters enter the campus. Five people were arrested — two for resisting arrest, one for possessing a knife, one for possessing a controlled substance and one for inciting a riot.
Coulter previously said she was forced to cancel a speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, although she added that she might still "swing by to say hello'' to her supporters, prompting police and university officials to brace for possible trouble. She was not spotted at the rallies.