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Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion faces its first legal challenge Thursday in a federal courtroom.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

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.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

Disney, Universal battle tax bill for Florida theme parks

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

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.

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

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

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.

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GOP still hunting votes on brink of House health care vote

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their health care overhaul and were hoping President Donald Trump would close the deal with a bloc of conservatives at a White House meeting that could determine the fate of their showpiece legislation.

The Latest: Trump makes last-minute health care bill appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

Americans shrugged off higher mortgage rates and snapped up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

US new-home sales rise in February to most in 7 months as builders ramp up construction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

US new-home sales rise in February to most in 7 months as builders ramp up construction.

Shaken but defiant, Parliament resumes work after attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:59am

Lawmakers and lords, researchers and reporters, cleaners and catering staff returned to Britain's Parliament Thursday, as Britain's seat of government shook off its shock and got back to work after an attack that left two civilians and a policeman dead.

Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC in settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:41am

The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement.

Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:36am

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion is about to get its first legal challenge in a federal courtroom in Louisville.

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

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:25am

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."

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

On ethics of advisers' China deals, Trump goes case by case

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

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.

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.