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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:03am

The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

New investor at embattled SeaWorld sends shares skyward

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:03am

Shares of SeaWorld, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, are up 12 percent before the opening bell on a big investment from China.

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:00am

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.

The Latest: Trump says GOP bill a 'great plan'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:57am

The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local):

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:41am

Serbia's prime minister has pledged 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 a crackdown in Kosovo.

World markets mixed as US health care bill vote looms

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:32am

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

Ukraine official says Russian agent killed Kremlin critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:32am

A senior Ukrainian official says the killer of Kremlin critic Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in Kiev, was a Russian agent.

European Union leaders mark past but assess uncertain future

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:32am

Hurt by Britain's planned exit, European Union leaders are making a pilgrimage to Rome this weekend with the hope that a visit to the cradle of their project of unity can somehow rekindle the vigor of youth.

US factory orders for long-lasting goods increased 1.7 percent in February

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:32am

US factory orders for long-lasting goods increased 1.7 percent in February.

Sweet news: Germany's Haribo to produce gummy bears in USA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 5:50am

Germany's iconic gummy bear will soon be "Made in USA."

Critics scoff at all-male photo of GOP health care talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 5:31am

A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the GOP health care bill that was tweeted out by Vice President Mike Pence is drawing criticism from Democrats.

Eurozone's economic growth near 6-year high: New survey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 5:02am

Businesses across the 19-country eurozone, and particularly in France, are increasingly upbeat and hiring more people despite big uncertainties — including France's high-stakes presidential election.

German state vote 1st test for Merkel's euphoric rivals

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:50am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party faces a tough test from its center-left rival when one of Germany's smallest states kicks off the country's year of elections this weekend — mirroring a wider political shift few expected just two months ago.

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

Bernard Condon and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:11am

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

Indian police arrest 8 accused of smuggling human bones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:11am

Police in eastern India have arrested eight men involved in smuggling human bones and recovered 18 skeletons from them, police said Friday.

German Parliament passes toll for passenger cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:10am

Germany's Parliament has passed a law introducing a road toll for passenger cars.

Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:03am

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.

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:52am

In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose.

Intel chairman hates spotlight_ but the spotlight found him

Eileen Sullivan and Garance Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:34am

For a man who doesn't like the spotlight, the chairman of the House intelligence committee has secured himself a place in it.

Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:04pm

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