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Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

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

No laptop on board? Jordan airline gives light-hearted tips

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Say hello to the person next to you. Reclaim territory on the armrest. Think of the reasons why you don't have a laptop or tablet with you.

Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media.

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Kevin Freking and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.

ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:02am

ABC News said three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning, sending out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.

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Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:02am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showpiece health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

Argentina's Fernandez to face trial in state fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:00am

A judge in Argentina has ordered former President Cristina Fernandez to face trial in a case where she is accused of defrauding the state as part of her government's handling of the dollar futures market.

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

"The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.

17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

The nominee for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to work with Democrats to create jobs in the struggling industry.

Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:22am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google's parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube.

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

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:21am

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.

Ford 1Q earnings forecast short of estimates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:20am

Ford Motor Co. says its first-quarter earnings will be about 50 percent lower than last year because of increasing costs and lower sales.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:05am

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.

Shaken but defiant, Parliament resumes work after attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

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.

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

The Wall Street connections of President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission took attention at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Attorney Jay Clayton sought to assure his congressional vetters that he'll act only in the public interest and will show no favoritism.