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Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:14pm

The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress after GOP opposition had snowballed a day before a showdown House roll call.

The Latest: Koch to spend millions to stop health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:02pm

The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul (all times local):

Q&A: What's at stake for NY in federal health overhaul?

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

There's a debate in New York over the effects of an amendment to the Republican federal health care overhaul that only applies to the state.

Senate votes to block another Obama-era rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era rule that critics said would have led to more citations for workplace safety record-keeping violations.

Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.

Striking Argentine teachers stage protest march in capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:10pm

Tens of thousands of Argentine teachers marched in the capital Wednesday as part of a nationwide strike challenging the administration of President Mauricio Macri.

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects.

Puerto Rico's sole deal with bondholders in jeopardy

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said Wednesday that they would support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement.

Idaho public schools budget headed to governor's desk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

Idaho lawmakers have signed off on the state' public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 — which makes up the largest share of the state's budget.

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

Anne D'Innocenzio and Hannah Weikel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. But it also insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk.

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.

What led to the Supreme Court's student disabilities ruling?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.

Vegas cab driver arrested after sex assault seen on video

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:28pm

Officials say a Las Vegas cab company looking for a woman's cellphone found, instead, surveillance video footage of their taxi driver sexually assaulting the customer while she was passed out.

Activists seek to intervene in Nebraska Keystone XL review

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:27pm

Activists who want to derail the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are again mobilizing to try to make their case to a small state commission that will decide the project's fate.

Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17pm

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk youth.

The Latest: Groups seek to intervene in Keystone XL review

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17pm

The Latest on groups seeking to intervene in Nebraska's Keystone XL review (all times local):

Lawmakers want details on Flynn's foreign contacts, payments

Stephen Braun and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years.

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:47pm

Dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't.

Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:47pm

The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that the worldwide box office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant.