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Maine's cod fishermen have worst year in history

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:26am

The cod isn't so sacred in Maine anymore.

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

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Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

The Latest: Pence puts off trip to continue health care push

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:10am

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The Latest: Health care bill clears procedural hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:10am

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

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:06am

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

Advocates seek better awareness of Safe Haven baby laws

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:00am

After the discovery this week of an infant's body in a Connecticut reservoir, some lawmakers and advocates are questioning whether enough is being done to publicize a law that allows parents to drop off newborns at a hospital — no questions asked.

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:56am

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.

Portugal cuts deficit, says rejecting austerity brings gain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:56am

Portugal's statistics agency says that the country's budget deficit fell to 2.1 percent last year, with the government saying the drop proved critics of its anti-austerity measures wrong.

Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:48am

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

Grain higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Trump says 'It's a great day for American jobs' as permit is issued to build the stalled Keystone XL pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Trump says 'It's a great day for American jobs' as permit is issued to build the stalled Keystone XL pipeline.

Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:31am

Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.

US stocks start higher ahead of uncertain health care vote

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:25am

U.S. stocks are opening higher Friday morning as technology companies climb and most other sectors make small gains. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, which is scheduled to come up for a vote later Friday after it was delayed a day earlier.

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West

Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:18am

Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says.

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West

Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:05am

Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says.

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:05am

Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday 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 its crackdown in Kosovo.

US durable goods orders rose in February, led by aircraft

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:53am

Greater demand for commercial aircraft helped U.S. businesses increase their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in February, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped slightly.

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 7:40am

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.