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Investment from China in Kushner Manhattan property is off

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:53am

Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over.

Contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:44am

More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.

Trump's budget priorities set small businesses strategizing

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:44am

The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:35am

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:23am

Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:23am

Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie will be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, the closing chapter of a traffic jam that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations.

Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:16am

Ford is recalling more than 570,000 vehicles in North America and Europe to fix separate problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly.

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It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:15am

The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.

The Latest: German minister expects tough Brexit talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:15am

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Officials approve funding for $90M cybersecurity center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:00am

Idaho state officials approve the use of $90 million worth of bonds for the construction of two new buildings at a federal research facility.

Utilities vow to finish reactors despite Westinghouse woes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:45am

The electric utilities that own two nuclear reactors under construction in South Carolina say they're committed to finishing the project despite the bankruptcy of builder Westinghouse Electric Co.

Essay: Britain strikes historic blow to EU; will go it alone

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:25am

Britain will go it alone — turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the European Union's spider web of rules and regulations.

Central bank offers bright outlook for Portuguese economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:25am

Portugal's central bank has given an upbeat assessment of the country's economic outlook, with an export-driven recovery taking national output close to a pre-2008 level within two years.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:15am

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Supreme Court orders new look at "swipe fees" law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:15am

The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases.

Signed contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:06am

Signed contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April.

Thailand's ex-tourism chief gets 50 years for taking bribes

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:56am

The former head of Thailand's tourism promotion board was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison for accepting $1.8 million in bribes from two Hollywood producers to let them organize the Bangkok International Film Festival a decade ago.

Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:47am

One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travelers.

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:14am

A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.

Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:44am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he has asked the U.S. ambassador why America did not deploy an armada of warships to pressure China to stop constructing man-made islands that are now at the heart of regional concerns in the disputed South China Sea.