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1.4M Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:24pm

About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor's office said Friday.

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:24pm

An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.

Judge rules against UPS in untaxed cigarette case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:24pm

A federal judge has ruled that delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc. ignored red flags that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations.

Venezuela asks UN help in boosting medicine supplies

Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:20pm

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked the United Nations for "help" boosting medicine supplies as he struggles to combat crippling shortages.

Trump and Mnuchin say focus will turn to tax reform

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:05pm

Now that the effort to overhaul the nation's health care system has collapsed, the Trump administration is turning its attention to tax reform.

After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:05pm

Some Americans breathed a sigh of relief, others bubbled with frustration, and nearly all resigned themselves to the prospect that the latest chapter in the never-ending national debate over health care would not be the last.

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:05pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

Some parts of Obamacare working well, problems with others

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:00pm

Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future."

The Latest: McConnell disappointed about GOP health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:00pm

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

Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:44pm

U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Hospital stocks soared in response, while companies that stand to benefit from other Trump proposals faltered.

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

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:44pm

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.

Micron, SeaWorld and HCA jump while GameStop plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:37pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:16pm

The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well.

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:08pm

Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday.

The Latest: Trump says he'd bargain with Dems on health care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Correction: Social Security Judge-Prison story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

In a story March 23 about a former judge sentenced to prison, The Associated Press reported erroneously the details of a woman's Social Security benefits for a woman. The judge had approved the woman's Social Security benefits, but he did not approve her request for a retroactive lump sum payment.

President Trump says he would be 'open' to tackling health care again if 'Obamacare' law implodes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:37pm

President Trump says he would be 'open' to tackling health care again if 'Obamacare' law implodes.

Peacekeeping chief expects 3 mission to close by March 2018

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:27pm

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Friday he expects operations in Haiti, Ivory Coast and Liberia to end by March 2018 which will save hundreds of millions of dollars.

EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

Posing with Pope Francis before Michelangelo's masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome hoping that a visit to the cradle of their unity project could somehow rekindle the vigor of the bloc's youth.

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.