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Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign.

Spike network to be spiked, rebranded as Paramount in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

Cable television's Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.

Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:40pm

Kansas' conservative governor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, setting up a likely showdown with the Legislature.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:36pm

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

Ford hires 400 for Canadian connected car research

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:34pm

Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from embattled communications company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, the smartphone maker said Thursday.

Online tax effort revived at last minute in Arkansas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:34pm

A House committee revived a proposal Thursday forcing online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes, just two days after a lawmaker behind the bill declared it dead for this year's session.

Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:25pm

A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.

Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:25pm

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research over five days before and after the collapse of a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

Two months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Thomas Beaumont and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:50am

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:47am

Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.

Poet files copyright lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:33am

An Ohio man says Detroit rap-metal group the Insane Clown Posse and member Joseph Bruce used a poem he wrote without his consent.

Illinois internet privacy plans OK'd by committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:33am

An Illinois House committee has backed legislation meant to enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back.

Feds retain many post-pipeline spill corrective actions

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

Federal officials have decided to keep in place many of the corrective measures they ordered in December after a pipeline spilled about 530,000 gallons of oil in western North Dakota, which was one of the biggest spills in the state's history.

Senate panels advance Trump's picks for labor, agriculture

Laurie Kellman and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

The Senate on Thursday advanced President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the labor and agriculture departments and moved the new administration closer to filling the final pair of empty seats in his Cabinet.

Ex-Brazil lawmaker who led impeachment guilty of corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

A judge has sentenced the former congressman who led impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to 15 years in a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers postpone vote on Medicaid veto

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:10am

The Latest on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoing an expansion of the state's Medicaid program (all times local):

Kentucky's 2nd mining death matches total from 2016

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

A miner killed by falling rock at a Kentucky coal mine early Thursday is the state's second mining fatality this year, matching the total from all of 2016, authorities said.

Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:50am

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session.

AP Explains: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:45am

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.