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Gold, silver gain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,248.20 an ounce, up $1.30.

Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:40pm

Idaho's unemployment held steady in February at 3.6 percent while the state led the nation in job growth for the sixth consecutive month.


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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:39pm

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.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:36pm

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.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:36pm

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

The Latest: Trump marks Greek Independence Day

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:36pm

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Inspector general to review pullback of ads

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:28pm

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday.

Stocks sink as health care bill woes challenge Trump agenda

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:28pm

U.S. stocks are falling as the struggling Republican health care bill again dominates investors' attention. House Republicans say the proposal doesn't have enough support to pass in a vote this afternoon. That's casting some doubt on President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda and stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss since the presidential election.

Murder trial: Officer testifies about autistic boy's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:28pm

A Louisiana law enforcement officer testified Friday at his murder trial that he was trying to save a fellow officer when he opened fire on a car, killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounding his father.

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

Josh Boak and Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:28pm

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.

Snarled commute looms after passenger trains collide in NYC

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries.

Netflix re-ups with Sandler, plan 4 more films together

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Netflix is doubling down on Adam Sandler. The streaming giant has extended its deal with the comedian for four more feature films.

Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish 'threats'

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:09pm

Cyprus said Friday it won't give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would "take all necessary measures to protect its interests" in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:00pm

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.

Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:54pm

A Ukrainian official said Friday that the killer of renegade Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent, a claim quickly rejected by the Kremlin.

The Latest: Snarled commute looms after NYC train collision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:39pm

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The Latest: WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:20pm

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Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:46am

The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

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

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

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 take "public work" for a pittance; pay $250 for failure to register; or risk being jailed for taking part in a wave of protests against the labor law.

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity.