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Arkansas governor signs 'sex-selection' abortion ban bill

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:32pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law a measure that would impose fines and prison time on doctors who perform abortions that are based solely on whether the mother wants to have a boy or girl.

Seattle announces lawsuit over Trump sanctuary cities threat

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:52pm

Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Donald Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Man wounded in Vermont marketplace stabbing, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:20pm

A man who was stabbed near a busy outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining plaza popular with locals and tourists in downtown Burlington, Vermont, has died.

Idaho lawmakers adjourn 2017 regular session

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:50pm

Idaho lawmakers closed out the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, finishing the year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries while clearing a sweeping transportation funding plan.

2 ex-Christie aides sentenced in bridge traffic revenge plot

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:45pm

Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government.

Kansas mulls new requirements for abortion providers

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:43pm

Kansas already requires abortion providers to inform women about the risks involved in the procedure. Soon, it may also require them to tell women where the doctor performing an abortion went to medical school. In black, 12-point Times New Roman font, no less.

Colorado governor: State will push forward with clean energy

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:29pm

Colorado will push ahead to develop more affordable renewable energy despite President Donald Trump's order eliminating many restrictions on fossil fuels production, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday.

El Salvador bans all metals mining, marking first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban.

Last Kentucky abortion clinic files lawsuit to stay open

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

Kentucky's only remaining clinic that performs abortions is challenging a state order that would shut it down.

Sockeye to be moved from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:52pm

Endangered Snake River sockeye salmon will be moved from a southwest Idaho hatchery because flood waters from the nearby Boise River are threatening the facility, officials announced late Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines, Branson clash over licensing fees

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:41pm

Alaska Airlines could be headed toward a showdown with Richard Branson over millions of dollars in licensing fees.

Lululemon's shares drop after weak outlook

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:26pm

Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell more than 17 percent Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company said it'd had a slow start to the year and offered a weaker outlook than expected for the current quarter.

The Latest: Sockeye to be moved from Idaho hatchery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:25pm

The Latest on endangered Snake River sockeye salmon at a hatchery threatened with flooding (all times local):

Cenovus buying most of ConocoPhillips's Canadian assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:11pm

Cenovus Energy announced Wednesday it will pay $17.7 billion Canadian (US$ 13.2 billion) for most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets.

Putin critic says he narrowly escaped death after poisoning

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:30pm

A Russian opposition leader sharply critical of President Vladimir Putin told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that he narrowly escaped death last month after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven't been able to identify.

No more tears: Restaurant gets praise, scorn for ban on kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

A North Carolina restaurant's ban on children 5 and younger is drawing both praise and criticism.

Kellogg headquarters' tower evacuated; suspected Freon leak

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:46pm

Nearly two dozen workers at Kellogg Co.'s Battle Creek headquarters have been hospitalized as a precaution following a suspected Freon leak.

2 states settle with Santander over 'unfair' car loans

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

Santander has agreed to a $26 million settlement with officials in two states over the bank's role in issuing subprime auto loans to thousands of consumers who could not afford to repay them, officials said Wednesday.

Little change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,253.40 an ounce, down $1.90.