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Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:58am

Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.

Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:58am

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to promote agricultural trade and create jobs in the struggling industry.

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Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:58am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showcase health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

Mickey vs. the tax man: Disney, Universal fight tax bills

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

Utah governor announces he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

Utah governor announces he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country.

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AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:46am

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:32am

Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, a spokesman for the World Food Program said in Johannesburg Thursday, responding to questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to cut $10 billion in foreign aid.

Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion is facing its first legal challenge in a federal courtroom.

No laptop on board? Jordan airline gives light-hearted tips

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Say hello to the person next to you. Reclaim territory on the armrest. Think of the reasons why you don't have a laptop or tablet with you.

Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media.

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Kevin Freking and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.

ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:02am

ABC News said three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning, sending out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.

Argentina's Fernandez to face trial in state fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:00am

A judge in Argentina has ordered former President Cristina Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government's handling of the dollar futures market.

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

"The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.

17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

Ford 1Q earnings forecast short of estimates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:20am

Ford Motor Co. says its first-quarter earnings will be about 50 percent lower than last year because of increasing costs and lower sales.