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New Zealand and China plan to expand free-trade deal

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 12:13am

New Zealand and China announced Monday they would open talks soon to expand a successful free-trade deal in place for nearly a decade.

Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:52pm

President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

Agency follows a uniquely American way of funding arts

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:50pm

When the National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965, organizers had different models to choose from.

China prevents academic from returning home to Australia

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:50pm

An academic at an Australian university has been prevented by Chinese authorities from returning to Sydney because he's suspected of endangering national security, his lawyer said.

US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:23pm

U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump's promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found.

Asian stocks weaker as US health overhaul failure linger

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 9:32pm

Asian stocks got off to a weak start on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure.

Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost

Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:03pm

Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state's notorious budget crisis.

The Latest: Texas Republican quits hard-line Freedom Caucus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 6:42pm

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

Ivanka Trump to attend women's economic summit in Berlin

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 5:54pm

Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official said Sunday.

Will NYC invite the 'Fearless Girl' to stay on Wall Street?

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 4:02pm

Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever?

The Latest: Police: 'No apparent reason' for Vegas shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:42pm

The Latest on a fatal shooting on a bus along the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):

US gas prices down a penny over 2 weeks, to $2.34 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:14pm

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dipped about a penny nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.34.

'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 1:14pm

Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

OPEC, non-cartel nations may extend oil cut another 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 12:45pm

OPEC members and non-cartel nations are leaving open the possibility of a six-month extension on a deal to reduce oil production, according to a statement Sunday by a committee of ministers from OPEC and other oil-producing nations.

Ripples from US nuclear plant closings overwhelm small towns

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 12:02pm

Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant's cooling tower, which soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse, brings with it some give-and-take.

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:42am

Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.

Wyoming company seeks loans for sugar beet growers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:23am

A Wyoming company is requesting almost $5.7 million in loans for farmers who grow sugar beets after heavy rains and frost hurt last year's harvest.

Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

Tom Davies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 9:31am

The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state of Indiana as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

Jackson Hole power company considers underground lines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 9:03am

A power company is considering burying the power lines in the Jackson Hole region that were downed in February during a powerful storm.

Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:13am

When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a $450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago.