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Australian prime minister won't choose between China and US

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:45pm

Australia does not have to choose between the United States and China, the Australian prime minister said Friday as he announced a new beef export deal with the Chinese.

White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:30pm

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails.

Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:30pm

Shareholders of Samsung Electronics are praising the company for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive political scandal that brought the arrest of the company's de facto leader.

Asian markets mixed as US health bill delay raises doubts

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:24pm

Asian stock markets are mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts among investors over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:19pm

President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.

Judge rules Dominion's coal ash site pollutes Virginia water

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:56pm

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

The Latest: Crews set to load ferry onto transport ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:49pm

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

Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:52pm

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. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.

Senator, predecessor face charges of violating election law

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:45pm

A state senator and his predecessor are facing felony charges they violated election law, the latest allegations in a state that has seen a rash of corruption arrests.

Last-minutes changes to the GOP health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:26pm

House Republican leaders have proposed last-minute changes to the health care bill, which they've offered in hopes of winning over wavering lawmakers. The House will vote on them when it considers the overall legislation, a debate scheduled for Friday.

GOP governors, including Utah's, back Republican health plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:10pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has joined seven other Republican governors in a letter endorsing the GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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.