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Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:00pm

Their top legislative priority dangling in peril, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. A day ahead of a long-awaited House showdown roll call, conservatives insisted they had the votes to torpedo the measure and the number of lawmakers publicly expressing opposition snowballed.

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AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Puerto Rico's sole deal with bondholders in jeopardy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after a decision by the federal control board to support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement with bondholders.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:47pm

Dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't.

Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:47pm

The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that the worldwide box office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant.

Bill repealing sales tax on groceries clears Idaho Senate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:47pm

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation repealing the state's taxation on groceries despite receiving strong opposition from both Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and legislative leaders.

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:35pm

AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects.

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Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

Anne D'Innocenzio and Hannah Weikel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. But it also insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk.

Man charged with taking bribes for military base work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

A Pennsylvania man took more than $100,000 in bribes in a scheme involving construction projects at two New Jersey military bases, the U.S. attorney's office said in a criminal complaint released Wednesday.

The Latest: Nightclub shooter's wife appeals bond revocation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

The Latest on legal proceedings related to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub (all times local):

Striking Argentina teachers take to the streets in big march

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

Tens of thousands of Argentina teachers have marched through the streets of Buenos Aires as part of their two-week-old nationwide strike.

Australia pair are first foreigners to own US radio stations

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:18pm

An Australian couple with roots in Alaska has bought more than two dozen radio stations in three states, marking the first time federal regulators have allowed full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations.

The Latest: Man charged with bribery to plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:18pm

The Latest on charges against a man in an alleged bribery scheme (all times local):

Vegas cab driver arrested after sex assault seen on video

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:07pm

Officials say a Las Vegas cab company looking for a woman's cellphone found, instead, surveillance video footage of their taxi driver sexually assaulting the customer while she was passed out.

Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale up from 2016, down from 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:07pm

Oil companies have offered $274.8 million for this year's central Gulf of Mexico oil leases, more than last year but only about half the amount bid in 2015.

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:57pm

The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.

For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:57pm

As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking off shoes at the security checkpoint and testing baby food and milk for bomb residue.

Nation's only airport-to-ski slope train a hit this season

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:51pm

The nation's only airport-to-ski slope train connection was a hit with tourists this season, and is going to keep running from Denver to Winter Park Resort for the foreseeable future.

Indexes inch back upward as tech stocks rise; Nike plunges

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:46pm

After a shaky start, U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Wednesday as technology and industrial companies rose. Banks fell with interest rates as the market came off its biggest loss in five months.

Sears, Nike and US Bancorp stumble while FedEx, Duluth rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:34pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: