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Milan designers announce a return to ready-to-wear elegance

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:20am

The Milan Fashion Week previews that concluded Monday announced a return to more formal dress, confirming a trend seen on the red carpet at the Oscars the night before.

Idaho budget writers approve public education funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:20am

State budget writers have agreed to allocate a 6.3 percent budget increase to Idaho's public schools.

Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:19am

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.

AT&T-Time Warner deal may have easier path to approval

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:12am

AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner may be getting an easier path to approval after the chief telecommunications regulator says it isn't likely to review the deal.

Class rings from West Point grads melted for new rings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:10am

A Rhode Island refinery has melted class rings donated by U.S. Military Academy graduates so the gold can be used for new class rings.

Chatting robots and music: fun gadgets on show in Barcelona

Alex Oller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:46am

While smartphones get top billing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it's the quirky, under-the-radar products that are getting a lot of the visitors' attention.

Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:40am

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

Idaho House leaders propose new ISP funding shift bill

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:34am

House legislative leaders say they have found a palatable solution to funneling $17 million to repair Idaho's roads and bridges without hurting the Idaho State Police budget.

Fiery NC church leader could be mistaken for successful CEO

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:28am

She looks like a successful businesswoman, with her neatly coifed blonde hair, St. John business suit, flashy diamond rings and jewelry dangling from her wrist. And she has devoted followers — an entourage — that hang on her every word and carry out her orders without question.

Court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:23am

The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.

Plaintiffs: 5 automakers knew Takata air bags were dangerous

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:19am

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata's products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years in order to save money.

UK investigating how medical letters were misplaced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:19am

The British government said Monday it has found no evidence that patients were put at risk when hundreds of thousands of confidential medical documents were mislaid over a five-year period.

EU clears NKT purchase of ABB cable business

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

The European Union has given its approval to the acquisition of the high-voltage cable business of Swiss company ABB by Denmark's NKT Cables.

Markets Right Now: US indexes waver in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

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Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54 billion

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:57am

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

The Latest: Trump says he hasn't called Russia 'in 10 years'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:50am

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US durable goods orders jumped 1.8 percent in January

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:36am

U.S. businesses boosted their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in January by the largest amount in three months, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped.

Bill would offer incentives to Idaho's data centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:29am

Idaho would join 20 other states currently offering sales tax incentives to data centers under newly introduced legislation.

California dam spillway outflow slowed to clear debris

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:27am

California water authorities started slowing the outflow Monday from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.

White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:16am

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.