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Chinese premier warns Australia against protectionism

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:14pm

China's premier on Thursday warned against protectionism, saying his country planned to close its $50 billion a year deficit with Australia by expanding the trading relationship rather than retreating from it.

Asian shares up as Wall Street steadies, with eye on US vote

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:02pm

Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform.

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:00pm

The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates ahead of a showdown vote.

South Korea to inject $2.6 bln into ailing shipyard Daewoo

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:23pm

South Korea announced Thursday a fresh capital injection for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., seeking to prevent the world's second-largest shipbuilder from defaulting on its debts.

The Latest: Pa. moderate Dent to vote no on health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:17pm

The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul (all times local):

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:30pm

Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.

Trucker: 'Surreal' to be topic of Supreme Court nomination

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:12pm

During Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearings, one case came up repeatedly: A truck driver was fired for leaving his trailer of meat on the side of an Illinois road after breaking down on a frigid night in 2009, fearing he'd freeze to death.

Steady fall in suicides offers glimmer of hope in Japan

Ken Moritsugu and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:29pm

Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates.

'Sex-selection' abortion ban gets final OK in Arkansas House

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:51pm

A proposal to 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 received final passage from the Arkansas House.

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian farmers cement feet to protest factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:42pm

About 50 farmers and activists opposed to a cement factory in Indonesia's Central Java province have encased their feet in concrete during a dayslong protest in Jakarta, the capital.

Q&A: What's at stake for NY in federal health overhaul?

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

There's a debate in New York over the effects of an amendment to the Republican federal health care overhaul that only applies to the state.

Senate votes to block another Obama-era rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era rule that critics said would have led to more citations for workplace safety record-keeping violations.

Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.

Striking Argentine teachers stage protest march in capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:10pm

Tens of thousands of Argentine teachers marched in the capital Wednesday as part of a nationwide strike challenging the administration of President Mauricio Macri.

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

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.

Puerto Rico's sole deal with bondholders in jeopardy

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said Wednesday that they would support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement.

Idaho public schools budget headed to governor's desk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

Idaho lawmakers have signed off on the state' public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 — which makes up the largest share of the state's budget.

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

Anne D'Innocenzio and Hannah Weikel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

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.

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

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.

What led to the Supreme Court's student disabilities ruling?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

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.