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Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:17pm

President Donald Trump often points to his best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," as proof of his persuasive powers. But his deal-making abilities are being put to the ultimate test.

The Latest: South Korean workers resume lifting ferry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:09pm

The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local):

The Latest: White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:04pm

The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):

Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:00pm

With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. But could he wind up with a plan that doesn't line up with some other campaign promises?

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

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:54pm

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.

The Latest: Utah gov. signs .05 DUI limit, strictest in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:21pm

The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):

Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:19pm

The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

2 dogs survive gas explosion that levels home; no one hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:19pm

And they say cats have nine lives.

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

Tali Arbel and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13pm

The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses.

Ukraine ex-finance minister to oversee Puerto Rico crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:08pm

A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances amid a dire economic crisis announced Thursday that it appointed Ukraine's former finance minister as its executive director.

Intel chairman hates spotlight_ but the spotlight found him

Eileen Sullivan and Garance Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:46pm

For a man who doesn't like the spotlight, the chairman of the House intelligence committee has secured himself a place in it.

Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:46pm

A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage.

Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:34pm

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court.

Judge rules Dominion's coal ash site pollutes Virginia water

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:25pm

Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia's biggest utility stores coal ash and polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:24pm

Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as president doesn't violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.

A look at Cyprus banks, now tied to ex-Trump campaign chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

Federal investigators have been examining financial transactions in Cyprus related to President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Here is some history behind the island nation's once-notorious label as a haven for lax financial oversight:

Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.