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US economy grew at 2.1 percent rate in Q4

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:40am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers powered economic momentum heading into 2017.

Applications for US unemployment aid fell to 258K last week

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:40am

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy.

Applications for US unemployment benefits slipped 3,000 to a low 258,000 last week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:32am

Applications for US unemployment benefits slipped 3,000 to a low 258,000 last week.

Lebanon revels its first budget in 12 yeas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:30am

Lebanon's finance minister says the country's first budget in 12 years will have a deficit of $4.86 billion on spending of $15.78 billion.

Crews to investigate head-on crash that killed 13 in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:14am

Federal investigators will get their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision between a pickup truck and small church bus in southwest Texas that crumpled the front of the bus and killed 13 senior adults returning from a church retreat.

Pakistan seeks apology from radical TV host over hate speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:12am

Pakistan's media watchdog has imposed a fine and sought an on-air and written apology from a radical Islamic preacher-turned TV host for accusing five bloggers and human right activists of committing blasphemy in his show in January.

The Latest: EU official warns Trump over Brexit support

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:03am

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:02am

Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal, as the U.K. announced plans for the huge task of replacing thousands of EU laws and regulations with domestic law.

Migrant fruit pickers win European court case against Greece

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:52am

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages.

H&M sales disappoint as more customers shop online

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:41am

Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday its first quarter sales disappointed, causing a plunge in the company's share price, as customers increasingly shop online.

Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump's closest friends

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:12am

Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump.

Chilean president begins state visit to Portugal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:20am

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is on a state visit to Portugal, where she is due to hold talks with local officials and preside at a bilateral trade conference.

Future of Asian luxury cars, electric vehicles at auto show

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:01am

South Korea's largest auto show provides a look at the future of Asian premium cars and electric vehicles, as well as efforts by Asian auto and tech companies to catch up in the field of autonomous driving.

Amid Brexit, Lloyd's of London sets up office in Brussels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:41am

Lloyd's of London is setting up a subsidiary in Brussels so that it can continue to write insurance in Europe once Britain leaves the European Union.

AP EXPLAINS: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:20am

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Thomas Beaumont and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:54am

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

Haier boss looks far beyond appliances

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:43pm

After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company's chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me.

Living by the sword: Carving a niche making warrior blades

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:33pm

Through smoke and sparks and staccato banging from his anvil, John Lundemo forges swooping swords that look like they should be pulled from a stone, swung by a samurai or thrust on "Game of Thrones."

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

Alan Fram and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:30pm

Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.