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Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layoffs are low

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layoffs are low.

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits.

Greta Garbo's former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:55am

Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million.

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:49am

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president."

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:45am

Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.

Philadelphia's soda tax brings in $6.4M in February

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13am

Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages is exceeding expectations.

Turkey trying to exclude airport, airline from laptop ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

A senior official says Turkey is taking steps to keep Istanbul's main airport and its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, outside of the scope of new aviation restrictions imposed by the United States and Britain.

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:18am

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40am

Jordan's national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions — and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed.

The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean ferry progressing well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15am

The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local):

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:43am

House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

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.

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.