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Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:18pm

A Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his past business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Convenience store magnate, governor candidate Mihos dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:18pm

Convenience store magnate Christy Mihos, who built and sold a chain of markets bearing his name, twice ran unsuccessfully for governor and endured a nasty divorce and bankruptcy, has died at age 67.

AP Exclusive: Iowa regulator keeps busy private law practice

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

A powerful Iowa regulator has maintained a busy and profitable private legal practice even though a law mandates she devote her "whole time" to state business, a review by The Associated Press shows.

A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry

Matthew Brown and Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar.

Tribes' battle over Dakota Access pipeline not over

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

American Indian tribes fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that the pumping of oil into the pipe under their water source is a blow, but it doesn't end their legal battle. Industry groups say the imminent flow of oil through the pipeline is good news for energy and infrastructure.

States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

David Crary and Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.

A timeline of the Dakota Access oil pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

Notable events in the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

AP Exclusive: Lottery manager still on job after firing

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:16pm

A private company hired to manage the Illinois lottery remains on the job more than two years after the state first moved to fire it for missing sales goals, and the firm is now able to collect more in fees than under its original contract.

Club operator denies security bypass allowed before shooting

Dan Sewell and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:05pm

A Cincinnati nightclub operator denies that some patrons were allowed to bypass security checks that included metal-detection wands before a gunbattle erupted, killing one man and injuring 16 other people.

CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:05pm

The head of the International Air Transport Association says it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security.

Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:00pm

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is returning to teach at Harvard after leaving the Pentagon.

Gun control advocates say Newtown ruling is bad precedent

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Gun control advocates are asking the Connecticut Supreme Court for permission to argue against a judge's decision last year to dismiss a wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Newtown school shooting, saying the ruling would set a bad precedent.

Democratic senator asks drugmakers about opioid sales plans

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

A Democratic senator is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an overuse of the pain killers.

The Latest: McConnell says Senate won't take up 'Obamacare'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:40pm

The Latest on House Republicans and health care, tax cuts and other issues (all times local):

Utah officials pass sewer rate increases for 7 valley cities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:40pm

Residents of a northern Utah valley can expect 10 percent increases to their sewer utility rates for the next five years.

Greek debt activist, follower of ancient gods, faces arrest

Derek Gatopoulos and Fanis Karabatsakis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:33pm

A firebrand Greek debt activist whose followers take an oath of allegiance to the ancient gods has been charged with fraud and running a criminal organization.

Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:33pm

A lawyer for former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in letters last week that the Trump administration was trying to limit her testimony at congressional hearings focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The hearing was later canceled by the House intelligence committee chairman.

Uber diversity report says 36 percent of employees are women

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:24pm

Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions.

General Motors rejects investor plan for 2 stock classes

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:23pm

General Motors has rejected a proposal from investor David Einhorn to split its stock into two classes.

Yellen: Banks play vital economic role in poor communities

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:23pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.