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Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:36am

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion is about to get its first legal challenge in a federal courtroom in Louisville.

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:25am

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president."

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

On ethics of advisers' China deals, Trump goes case by case

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

Anthony Scaramucci announced to the world in January that he would be leaving Wall Street for the White House to become President Donald Trump's top public liaison. Not long after, Scaramucci was told by Trump's chief of staff that the sale of his hedge fund — a deal that includes a well-known Chinese conglomerate — raised too many ethics issues for him to start work immediately.


GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:03am

The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:55am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layoffs are low

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layoffs are low.

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits.

Greta Garbo's former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:55am

Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million.

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:45am

Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.

Philadelphia's soda tax brings in $6.4M in February

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13am

Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages is exceeding expectations.

Turkey trying to exclude airport, airline from laptop ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

A senior official says Turkey is taking steps to keep Istanbul's main airport and its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, outside of the scope of new aviation restrictions imposed by the United States and Britain.

Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40am

Jordan's national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions — and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed.

The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean ferry progressing well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15am

The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local):

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:43am

House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

Singapore prime minister in Vietnam to up trade, investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:21am

Vietnam and Singapore signed several business agreements Thursday during a visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong aimed at boosting the island state's investment and trade with the communist country.

In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:14am

Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism.

Former colleagues, judges to testify for Supreme Court pick

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04am

Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.