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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.

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:21am

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.

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.

Business with China only sometimes a deal-breaker for Trump

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04am

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.

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.

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:00am

Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.

Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:43am

A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his unachieved achievements

Calvin Woodward and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:43am

President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project is merely suspended, as it has been for weeks.

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

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:40am

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.

Rights of learning-disabled students bolstered by high court

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:40am

A unanimous Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court.

Spokesman confirms China suspended imports of Brazil beef

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:21am

A spokesman for China's commerce ministry confirmed Thursday his government has banned imports of Brazilian beef.

Asian shares up as Wall Street steadies, with eye on US vote

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:11am

Most Asian benchmarks were higher Thursday after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:53am

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."

The Latest: Chinese citizen among injured in London attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50am

The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local):

Australia rejects 500 Syrian refugees on security grounds

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:01am

Australia rejected 500 Syrian refugees on security grounds during more than a year of vetting while accepting 12,000 eligible for resettlement from Middle Eastern camps, an official said Thursday.

Trucker: 'Surreal' to be topic of Supreme Court nomination

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:40pm

During Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearings, one case came up repeatedly: A truck driver was fired for leaving his trailer of meat on the side of an Illinois road after breaking down on a frigid night in 2009, fearing he'd freeze to death.

Less-educated middle-age US whites dying younger than others

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:25pm

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

Chinese premier warns Australia against protectionism

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:14pm

China's premier on Thursday warned against protectionism, saying his country planned to close its $50 billion a year deficit with Australia by expanding the trading relationship rather than retreating from it.

Asian shares up as Wall Street steadies, with eye on US vote

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:02pm

Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform.

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:00pm

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 with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates ahead of a showdown vote.