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US stocks move higher as health care vote remains uncertain

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

U.S. stocks are higher Friday as technology companies rise, but challenges to the Republican-backed American Health Care Act are again weighing on the market. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the bill, which is scheduled to be voted on later Friday after it was delayed a day ago. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017.

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit.

Oklahoma company recalls 466 tons of breaded chicken product

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

An Oklahoma food company is recalling more than 466 tons (422 metric tons) of breaded chicken because of possible metal in the food.

Feds close probe of Ford SUV door ajar lights without recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

U.S. safety regulators have decided not to seek a recall after investigating complaints that door ajar warning lights won't turn off on thousands of Ford SUVs.

The Latest: Dems say health care bill would cost veterans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

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Cod fishing catches plummet in waters off New England

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:47am

The cod isn't so sacred in New England anymore.


Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:47am

President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

Josh Boak and Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:34am

President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable.


Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:31am

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:23am

Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped its crackdown in Kosovo.

Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:23am

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.

Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:16am

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained.

Kraft Heinz lays off 200 white-collar workers in Canada, US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:06am

Kraft Heinz Co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:47am

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West

Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:47am

Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says.

The Latest: Cable company to hire 20K workers over 4 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:35am

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Passenger trains clip each other in NYC; no serious injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:26am

Two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush Friday at Penn Station, jolting commuters and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries.

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

A new face in Belarus' anti-government protests: The poor

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:06am

The half-million Belarusians who can't find work in their country's stumbling Soviet-style economy face an array of hard choices: register with the state employment exchange, which will force them to "public work" for a pittance; pay $250 for failure to register; or risk being jailed for taking part in a rising wave of protests against the labor law.