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Living by the sword: Carving a niche making warrior blades

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:15pm

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."

US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10pm

A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Haier boss looks far beyond appliances

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:53pm

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.

Asian stocks drift lower after lackluster Wall Street finish

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:22pm

Asian stocks are drifting lower on Thursday after a lackluster performance on Wall Street.

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

Jill Lawless and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:32pm

Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism — or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."

Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:14pm

Argentina's Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill legalizing the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes, and setting up a regulatory framework for the state to prescribe and distribute them to patients.

UN: Military operations escalate in Yemen as famine looms

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:12pm

Military operations in Yemen are escalating and the humanitarian and economic situation is rapidly deteriorating in the Arab world's poorest nation, which is on the brink of famine, the U.N. special envoy for the country said Wednesday.

Arkansas governor signs 'sex-selection' abortion ban bill

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:32pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law a measure that would 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.

The Latest: Ambassador says UK will remain key world player

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:00pm

The latest on Brexit (all times local):

Seattle announces lawsuit over Trump sanctuary cities threat

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:52pm

Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Donald Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Man wounded in Vermont marketplace stabbing, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:20pm

A man who was stabbed near a busy outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining plaza popular with locals and tourists in downtown Burlington, Vermont, has died.

Idaho lawmakers adjourn 2017 regular session

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:50pm

Idaho lawmakers closed out the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, finishing the year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries while clearing a sweeping transportation funding plan.

2 ex-Christie aides sentenced in bridge traffic revenge plot

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:45pm

Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government.

Kansas mulls new requirements for abortion providers

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:43pm

Kansas already requires abortion providers to inform women about the risks involved in the procedure. Soon, it may also require them to tell women where the doctor performing an abortion went to medical school. In black, 12-point Times New Roman font, no less.

Colorado governor: State will push forward with clean energy

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:29pm

Colorado will push ahead to develop more affordable renewable energy despite President Donald Trump's order eliminating many restrictions on fossil fuels production, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday.

El Salvador bans all metals mining, marking first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban.

Last Kentucky abortion clinic files lawsuit to stay open

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

Kentucky's only remaining clinic that performs abortions is challenging a state order that would shut it down.

Sockeye to be moved from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:52pm

Endangered Snake River sockeye salmon will be moved from a southwest Idaho hatchery because flood waters from the nearby Boise River are threatening the facility, officials announced late Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines, Branson clash over licensing fees

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:41pm

Alaska Airlines could be headed toward a showdown with Richard Branson over millions of dollars in licensing fees.

Lululemon's shares drop after weak outlook

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:26pm

Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell more than 17 percent Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company said it'd had a slow start to the year and offered a weaker outlook than expected for the current quarter.