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Supreme Court skeptical of sex offender social media ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

With a nod to the importance of social media in American life, the Supreme Court signaled Monday it could strike down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

Telecom giant MTN lists 2016 losses from Nigeria fine, forex

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

African telecommunications giant MTN is warning shareholders to expect big losses due to a $1 billion regulatory fine in Nigeria, damaging foreign exchange rates and a black economic empowerment share offering in South Africa.

AT&T-Time Warner deal may have easier path to approval

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner may be getting an easier path to approval after the chief telecommunications regulator says it isn't likely to review the deal.

Liquor law bill would swap 'Zion Curtains' for buffer zones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

A Utah lawmaker is unveiling a proposal overhauling liquor laws and allowing restaurants to get rid of barriers known as "Zion Curtains" but in exchange require a type of buffer zone around bars or areas where drinks are prepared.

Idaho Democrat rebuked during anti-profiling bill debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

An Idaho Democratic lawmaker sparked objections from Republican members Monday for using an anti-motorcycling profiling bill to promote amending the state's Human's Rights Act.

The Latest: Govs divided on health care after Trump meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:50am

The Latest on a gathering of the nation's governors in Washington (all times local):

Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:40am

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

Buffett's bite of Apple even bigger than thought

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:34am

Billionaire Warren Buffett, famously leery of technology companies, has loaded up on Apple shares after noticing how inseparable iPhone users are from the gadget once they get one in their pocket.

Milan designers announce a return to ready-to-wear elegance

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:20am

The Milan Fashion Week previews that concluded Monday announced a return to more formal dress, confirming a trend seen on the red carpet at the Oscars the night before.

Idaho budget writers approve public education funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:20am

State budget writers have agreed to allocate a 6.3 percent budget increase to Idaho's public schools.

Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:19am

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.

Class rings from West Point grads melted for new rings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:10am

A Rhode Island refinery has melted class rings donated by U.S. Military Academy graduates so the gold can be used for new class rings.

Chatting robots and music: fun gadgets on show in Barcelona

Alex Oller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:46am

While smartphones get top billing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it's the quirky, under-the-radar products that are getting a lot of the visitors' attention.

Idaho House leaders propose new ISP funding shift bill

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:34am

House legislative leaders say they have found a palatable solution to funneling $17 million to repair Idaho's roads and bridges without hurting the Idaho State Police budget.

Fiery NC church leader could be mistaken for successful CEO

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:28am

She looks like a successful businesswoman, with her neatly coifed blonde hair, St. John business suit, flashy diamond rings and jewelry dangling from her wrist. And she has devoted followers — an entourage — that hang on her every word and carry out her orders without question.

Plaintiffs: 5 automakers knew Takata air bags were dangerous

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:19am

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata's products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years in order to save money.

UK investigating how medical letters were misplaced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:19am

The British government said Monday it has found no evidence that patients were put at risk when hundreds of thousands of confidential medical documents were mislaid over a five-year period.

EU clears NKT purchase of ABB cable business

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

The European Union has given its approval to the acquisition of the high-voltage cable business of Swiss company ABB by Denmark's NKT Cables.

Markets Right Now: US indexes waver in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54 billion

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:57am

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.