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Figures on government spending and debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:24pm

Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Mexico raises benchmark interest rate to 6.50 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:24pm

Mexico's central bank says it has raised its benchmark interest rate by a half-point to 6.50 percent, in a bid to contain rising inflation.

VW to pay over $157M to settle emissions claims by 10 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

Workers demolish site of nuclear mishap in Washington state

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished demolishing the site of a famous nuclear accident during the Cold War that exposed a man to the highest dose of radiation from the plutonium byproduct americium ever recorded, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday.

Crews investigate head-on crash that killed 13 in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

Federal officials on Thursday began an investigation into a head-on collision between a pickup truck and small church bus in southwest Texas that killed 13 senior adults returning from a church retreat.

'The Codfather' pleads guilty to evading fishing quotas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

A U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" has pleaded guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

Government shutdown or no shutdown?

California court rejects city's review of coastal property

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

California's Supreme Court says a beach city failed to adequately consider the environmental effects of a plan to build homes on a large swath of land overlooking the coast.

Online tax effort revived at last minute in Arkansas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

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.

Kansas House advances tougher amusement ride law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:40pm

A Kansas House member whose 10-year-old son died last summer on a water park slide spoke to his colleagues on the subject for the first time Thursday shortly before they voted unanimously to strengthen inspection rules for amusement rides.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:30pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

North Carolina is flushing its bathroom bill. What's next?

Emery P. Dalesio and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:27pm

North Carolina's General Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to repeal the "bathroom bill" that has provoked an economic backlash since its hasty enactment a year ago. Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper reached the deal despite strenuous objections from both social conservative and gay rights advocates. Here's a look at the details:

Ex-Brazil lawmaker who led impeachment guilty of corruption

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A once-powerful politician who led impeachment proceedings against former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years and four months in prison for a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.

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

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

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.

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

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.