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AP sources: US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

The State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, clearing the way for construction to start on the long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change.

Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contact extension to July 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Disney CEO Bob Iger is getting a one-year contract extension.

Poland's top politician: We want Britain close to EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Poland's most powerful politician says he received assurances from British Prime Minister Theresa May that rights of Poles living in Britain will be approached in a favorable way in the early stages of Britain's exit negotiations with The European Union.

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Republicans, with control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Kevin Freking and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

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.

The Latest: WH calls Freedom Caucus meeting 'positive step'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

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

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:14pm

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.

Stocks climb, led by banks; health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday as banks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable by forcing interest rates on loans higher. Google's parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube because they don't want their ads appearing alongside offensive videos.

Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

Prospects for the Republicans' showcase health care bill looked grimmer by the minute Thursday as President Donald Trump failed to get a deal with a bloc of balky conservatives, leaving the legislation short of votes in the House.

Senate votes to undo privacy rules that protect user data

Tali Arbel and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:00pm

The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

Argentina's Fernandez to face trial in state fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:56am

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.

Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC in settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

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.

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

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

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.

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

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

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 - 11:43am

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.

Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:32am

After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:21am

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.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:20am

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.

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

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:10am

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.