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The Latest: House GOP leaders postpone health care vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:49pm

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

Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:41pm

Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country — a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster.

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:37pm

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

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:36pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contact extension to July 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:36pm

Disney CEO Bob Iger is getting a one-year contract extension.

Philly's soda tax slightly exceeds $6.3M February projection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:36pm

Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages is slightly exceeding expectations.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:30pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

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.

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

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.

JFK diary written in post-World War II Europe up for auction

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler, the ambitions of the Soviet Union and the weakness of the United Nations is up for auction.

AP sources: US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, after the State Department delivers a positive recommendation to start construction on a long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change.

WikiLeaks says CIA hacks on Apple devices can persist

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that couldn't be disabled by resetting devices to factory conditions.

Poland's top politician: We want Britain close to EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Poland's most powerful politician says he received assurances from British Prime Minister Theresa May that rights of Poles living in Britain will be approached in a favorable way in the early stages of Britain's exit negotiations with The European Union.

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Republicans, with control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Kevin Freking and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

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.

Walker announces candymaker Haribo to build near Kenosha

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

Gov. Scott Walker says international candymaker Haribo will build its first North American plant employing 400 people in southeast Wisconsin.

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:14pm

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.

Stocks climb, led by banks; health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday as banks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable by forcing interest rates on loans higher. Google's parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube because they don't want their ads appearing alongside offensive videos.

Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

Prospects for the Republicans' showcase health care bill looked grimmer by the minute Thursday as President Donald Trump failed to get a deal with a bloc of balky conservatives, leaving the legislation short of votes in the House.

Senate votes to undo privacy rules that protect user data

Tali Arbel and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:00pm

The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.