WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is directing the Commerce Department to begin an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the import of automobiles into the United States. The White House says Trump has asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether imports of cars and trucks and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security. The president says in a statement that "core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation."

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is exploring whether tariffs are needed on auto imports, a move that comes as trade talks with Canada and Mexico have stalled. The U.S. and its partners remain far apart on rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the discussions at an impasse over rules for car production. The initiation of the trade investigation President Donald Trump ordered on Wednesday could be seen as an attempt to gain leverage.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Recreational red snapper seasons open Friday in federal waters off Louisiana and Mississippi. Openings are scheduled June 1 off Texas and Alabama and June 11 off of Florida's west coast for the popular sport and table fish. The states announced those dates in April, after the federal government authorized two-year experimental permits to let states along the Gulf of Mexico manage recreational seasons for red snapper.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former guard at an Alabama women's prison to 1½ years behind bars for having sexual contact with an inmate and lying about it while he worked at the Federal Correctional Institution at Aliceville. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, in a news release, says U.S. District Judge Virginia E. Hopkins sentenced 28-year-old Jesse Bailey, of Carrolton, Alabama, Tuesday on one count each of abusive sexual contact and making false statements to the government.

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