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Top Senate Democrat to oppose Trump pick for Supreme Court

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

The top Democrat in the Senate said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court and encouraged other Democrats to reject President Donald Trump's choice, setting up a showdown with majority Republicans.

Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

As President Donald Trump eyes cuts to farm programs, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he would make government programs more efficient while also working to create jobs in the struggling industry.

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

The Wall Street connections of President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission took attention at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Attorney Jay Clayton sought to assure his congressional vetters that he'll act only in the public interest and will show no favoritism.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:41am

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

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

US stocks little changed as health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

U.S. stocks are treading water Thursday morning as investors wait for news about the fate of the Republican-backed health care bill, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda of cuts to taxes and regulations and greater infrastructure spending. Banks are pulling out of a recent slump as bond yields and interest rates rise while Alphabet, Google's parent company, leads technology stocks lower.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

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

The Latest: Trump makes last-minute health care bill appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

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

Addams family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn't a good idea

Claire Tsosie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:28am

and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:28am

Poland's most powerful politician says he will tell British Prime Minister Theresa May that Warsaw would like Britain to keep close ties with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:22am

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

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

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean halted over hanging ramp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

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

In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

Disney, Universal battle tax bill for Florida theme parks

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

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.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.