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Obama using powers of persuasion to advance agenda

03/21/2014 1:30am
Ronald Reagan used to say the nine most terrifying words in the English language were: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

03/21/2014 1:41am
The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up for the year after appropriating $2.9 billion. The session lasted only 74 days — that's two weeks fewer than last year's session and only five days longer than the record shortest session in 2004. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis commended his fellow lawmakers as their final day on the floor drew to a close.

Oklahoma cities reeling from sudden bridge closure

03/21/2014 2:20am
Kay Collett once enjoyed a commute that would be the envy of many: cross a river, hang a left at the end of the bridge and walk into the bank branch she can see from her back porch. Total travel time: two minutes, maybe three if there's traffic.

UN: Iran complying with interim nuclear deal

03/21/2014 3:20am
The U.N. says Iran is curbing its atomic activities in line with a preliminary deal made in January.

S&P reaffirms Greece rating; outlook stable

03/21/2014 3:30am
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's says it believes Greece's economy is gradually rebalancing and that it will grow over the coming three years despite ongoing high debt levels.

Vietnam state-run paper fined for critical article

03/21/2014 3:30am
Vietnam's government has fined a state-run newspaper 40 million dong ($1,900) for an article that said four of history's most famous communist leaders were also among the "most notorious dictators," state media said Friday.

Community College names acting president

03/21/2014 4:20am
A new acting president has been appointed at Enterprise State Community College in south Alabama.

Nearly all major US banks pass Fed 'stress tests'

03/21/2014 4:40am
More than five years after the financial crisis struck, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined.

Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote for strike

03/21/2014 5:40am
Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa have voted for strike action in a long-running pay dispute with the airline, but their union hasn't yet set dates for any walkouts.

Iran leader: Improved economy can fight sanctions

03/21/2014 5:50am
Iran's top leader said Friday that his nation can best counter Western sanctions by strengthening its economy and rallied Iranians to exert "extraordinary efforts" to take their country forward.

Tiffany posts 4Q loss due to large charge

03/21/2014 5:50am
Tiffany & Co. posted a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, dragged down by a hefty charge tied to an unfavorable arbitration ruling. But its sales improved during the critical holiday selling season.

Norwegian museum agrees to return looted Matisse

03/21/2014 6:40am
A Norwegian museum says it has agreed to return a Matisse once looted by Hermann Goering to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg.

Hamilton schools to sue city for unpaid taxes

03/21/2014 7:10am
The Hamilton County Board of Education has voted to sue the City of Chattanooga over $11 million in unpaid liquor taxes.

BlackBerry selling most Canadian real estate

03/21/2014 7:41am
BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.

Stocks open higher, head for solid weekly gains

03/21/2014 7:51am
Stocks are higher in early trading as the market gets set to close out a turbulent week with solid gains.

Explorers Club sues Johnnie Walker parent company

03/21/2014 8:01am
New York City's Explorers Club is suing the parent company of Johnnie Walker for using its name on a new whiskey brand.

GM chief Barra to get honorary degree in May

03/21/2014 8:01am
General Motors Co.'s chief executive Mary Barra will get an honorary degree when she speaks at the University of Michigan's spring commencement.

World Bank funds to help build huge Congo dam

03/21/2014 8:11am
Congo's prime minister has welcomed a World Bank grant of $73.1 million to support the construction of a huge hydropower project.

Dollar mixed

03/21/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Russian stocks down as banks suffer amid sanctions

03/21/2014 8:31am
Russia conceded Friday that it may scrap plans to tap international markets for money this year as it counts the cost of the sanctions imposed in the wake of the annexation of Crimea.

Media General to buy LIN in deal worth $1.6B

03/21/2014 8:31am
Media General is buying fellow TV broadcaster LIN Media in a deal worth about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Friday.

Unemployment rate drops in February

03/21/2014 8:31am
Idaho's unemployment rate dropped another tenth of a percentage point in February to 5.3 percent, the lowest rate in 5½ years.


03/21/2014 8:50am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Fed dissenter says policy action was a mistake

03/21/2014 9:00am
A Federal Reserve official who dissented from this week's policy decision said Friday that the Fed should have said it planned to keep a key interest rate at a record low until unemployment falls below 5.5 percent.

Ugandan official: US cuts up to $6 million in aid

03/21/2014 9:20am
Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.

Utah jobless rate remains low at 3.9 percent

03/21/2014 9:30am
About 32,000 jobs were added to Utah's economy last month from the year earlier, holding the state's jobless rate steady.

Judge keeps prison lawsuit moving during FBI probe

03/21/2014 9:31am
A federal judge says he won't put a lawsuit against a major private prison company on hold while the FBI investigates the company for possible criminal fraud charges.

Nevada has signed 1st contract with drone company

03/21/2014 9:40am
Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.

Greenpeace activists plead not guilty in P&G fight

03/21/2014 9:41am
Defense attorneys including a veteran First Amendment lawyer entered not-guilty pleas Friday for nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges following a daring demonstration at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati.

StubHub becomes a partner to 'The Book of Mormon'

03/21/2014 9:51am
The sheer gravitational pull of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon" has attracted a new huge fan — StubHub.

With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

03/21/2014 10:00am
For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

Russian stocks down as banks suffer amid sanctions

03/21/2014 10:01am
Russia is feeling the bite of western sanctions imposed in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.

UK supermarket giant Tesco announces India entry

03/21/2014 10:02am
British supermarket giant Tesco announced a joint venture in India on Friday with a company owned by Tata Group to invest in a chain of grocery and household goods stores.


03/21/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Ukraine crisis prompts security rethink in Europe

03/21/2014 10:41am
After the Cold War, Sweden refocused its national security strategy to give more weight to deployments in faraway conflict zones and even non-military challenges like climate change. Critics who dwelled on a Russian threat were dismissed as dinosaurs.

Ukraine oligarch pays $172.5M bail in Austria

03/21/2014 11:01am
An influential Ukrainian oligarch arrested in Vienna on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses has been released on 125 million-euro ($172.5 million) bail by an Austrian court.

World markets recover on upbeat US economic data

03/21/2014 11:01am
World stock markets bounced back Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped shake off worries about future increases in U.S. interest rates.

US to hand captured tanker over to Libya

03/21/2014 11:11am
The United States is planning to deliver a captured oil tanker to the Libyan government.

Pre-K funding fight causes break in budget talks

03/21/2014 11:11am
The Legislature's top Republican hastily left budget negotiations Friday complaining that there has been too much emphasis on New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to prekindergarten funding.

3 Michigan health systems consider merging

03/21/2014 11:11am
Three Michigan health systems announced Friday they're in talks about combining their operations in what would form a $3.8 billion nonprofit health system.

Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses

03/21/2014 11:21am
Cuba is giving hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals earn elsewhere.

Correction: Wall Street story

03/21/2014 11:21am
In a story March 20 about the stock market, The Associated Press misidentified Charles Schwab's Omar Aguilar as the chief investment officer. He is Schwab's chief investment officer for equities.

IRS is overwhelmed by tax return identity theft

03/21/2014 11:34am
So lucrative is the crime of tax return identity theft that criminals, many of them drug dealers, armed robbers and gang members, who once relied upon firearms to commit crimes, are now tucking them away in favor of laptops and direct deposit.

Case shows hurdles in fighting Morocco corruption

03/21/2014 11:43am
When tens of thousands of Moroccans poured into the streets demanding change in 2011, they were particularly angry about the corruption pervasive at all levels of business and government.

USM students protest cuts, faculty layoffs

03/21/2014 11:51am
University of Southern Maine students are protesting cuts and layoffs of faculty resulting from a budget shortfall.

US rig count down 6 to 1,803

03/21/2014 12:01pm
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 1,803.

Democrats see openings in congressional departures

03/21/2014 12:11pm
Democrats know they perform poorly in midterm elections. Just ask President Barack Obama.

Credit Suisse in $885M US lawsuit settlement

03/21/2014 12:21pm
Swiss bank Credit Suisse says it will pay $885 million to settle lawsuits over securities sold to U.S. government-controlled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis.

Bison may soon roam on Minneopa prairie

03/21/2014 12:21pm
Minneopa State Park's expansive prairie could become home to a bison herd if approved by the Department of Natural Resources following a public comment period.

Fraud trial on hold after FBI agent's death

03/21/2014 12:21pm
An FBI agent died of a self-inflected gunshot to the head sometime after testifying at a securities-fraud trial, putting the trial on hold, officials in southwest Idaho said.

US appeals court upholds Fed's cap on 'swipe' fees

03/21/2014 12:31pm
A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions.

Q&A: Can't afford health plan, will I be fined?

03/21/2014 12:51pm
The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

New York City restaurant inspections overhauled

03/21/2014 12:51pm
The New York City letter-grade restaurant system has been revamped by the City Council with an eye toward easing the burden of fines on restaurant owners.

New geothermal plant planned near Malta

03/21/2014 12:51pm
A geothermal company plans to build a $150 million energy facility near Malta in south-central Idaho.

Sedatives cited in toddler's dentist office death

03/21/2014 12:52pm
A 3-year-old Hawaii girl who suffered a heart attack during a dentist visit likely died because of the drugs given to sedate her, according to a medical examiner's autopsy report.

How Turkey still tweets despite Twitter ban

03/21/2014 1:21pm
Not long after Turkey's prime minister imposed a ban on Twitter, Internet users in Turkey went on — what else? — Twitter to find ways to circumvent the blockade. Twitter Inc. and Turkish news media also shared some tips, as did Turkish residents through low-tech means such as graffiti and street posters.


03/21/2014 1:22pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Crude rises

03/21/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 56 cents -- closing at $99.46 a barrel.

Gold up, silver down

03/21/2014 1:31pm
The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1336.00 an ounce -- up $5.50.

Hamilton County schools to sue city over taxes

03/21/2014 1:41pm
The Hamilton County Board of Education plans to sue the city of Chattanooga over more than $11 million the city hasn't paid in liquor-by-the-drink taxes since 1998.

Zions Bancorp falls short on Fed 'stress tests'

03/21/2014 1:51pm
More than five years after the financial crisis struck, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

03/21/2014 2:01pm
Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Ariz. court to review ruling on hospital lawsuits

03/21/2014 2:01pm
The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court's decision allowing lawsuits against hospitals under a state law to protect vulnerable or incapacitated adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

Search for old Atari games to go on in New Mexico

03/21/2014 2:01pm
Organizers say a planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time is expected to proceed despite state environmental regulators' concerns.

Walker says he would sign amended chemo bill

03/21/2014 2:01pm
Republican leaders in the state Senate stopped short of promising another vote on a bill that would make chemotherapy pills more affordable up for a vote, saying Friday that they need time to digest last-minute revisions that the Assembly made to the measure.