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Contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:35am

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.

Essay: Britain strikes historic blow to EU; will go it alone

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:25am

Britain will go it alone — turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the European Union's spider web of rules and regulations.

Central bank offers bright outlook for Portuguese economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:25am

Portugal's central bank has given an upbeat assessment of the country's economic outlook, with an export-driven recovery taking national output close to a pre-2008 level within two years.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:15am

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Supreme Court orders new look at "swipe fees" law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:15am

The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases.

Investment from China in Kushner Manhattan property is off

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:15am

Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over.

Signed contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:06am

Signed contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April.

It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:56am

The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.

Thailand's ex-tourism chief gets 50 years for taking bribes

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:56am

The former head of Thailand's tourism promotion board was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison for accepting $1.8 million in bribes from two Hollywood producers to let them organize the Bangkok International Film Festival a decade ago.

Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:47am

Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie will be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, the closing chapter of a traffic jam that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations.

Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:47am

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly.

Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:47am

One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travelers.

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:14am

A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.

Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:44am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he has asked the U.S. ambassador why America did not deploy an armada of warships to pressure China to stop constructing man-made islands that are now at the heart of regional concerns in the disputed South China Sea.

Stock markets, pound subdued as UK triggers Brexit request

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:36am

World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as Britain triggered the start of its exit from the European Union, a formal step that kicks off two years of negotiations that will have wide-ranging consequences for business in the region.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:56am

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from an outfitter of luxury aircraft.

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:33am

China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy.

France pledges $2.6 billion for Indonesia as Hollande visits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:26am

France pledged $2.6 billion in investments for Indonesia and affirmed deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy during a visit Wednesday by President Francois Hollande.

Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

Jonathan Lemire and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight.