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Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

Bernard Condon and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:00pm

To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.

The Latest: Trump meets with congressional leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:00pm

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'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:52pm

President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

NJ Transit resumes rail service suspended after wire problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:50pm

New Jersey Transit and Amtrak have resumed train service in New Jersey.

17 state attorneys general ask to defend CFPB; cite Trump

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:40pm

Attorneys general from 17 states are seeking to defend the U.S. consumer watchdog agency in court amid speculation that President Donald Trump may fire its director.

Arkansas lawmakers approve governor's $50M tax cut plan

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:30pm

Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan on Monday, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.

Rates on US Treasury bills drop at weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:21pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction, with rates on three-month bills dropping to their lowest level since early December.

Box office top 20: Shyamalan's 'Split' trounces 'xXx'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:21pm

M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning $40 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to final figures Monday.

Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:20pm

President Donald Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel the Obama health care law, but some of those actions would create disruptions that undermine his administration's early promises. Other less sweeping steps could open the way for big changes, but might not get as much notice.

Latest California storm goes out with a bang

Christopher Weber and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:11pm

Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.

Texas governor warns Austin sheriff over 'sanctuary cities'

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:02pm

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday told Austin's liberal sheriff that her jail would become the first in the state to lose taxpayer money over so-called "sanctuary cities" policies unless she reverses plans to curtail working with federal immigration authorities by February.

Philadelphia bans employers from asking salary history

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:00pm

Philadelphia is banning employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women.

Cynosure soars on deal talk; Qualcomm slumps on Apple suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:50pm

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Hawaii's Lanai Island dark after windstorm knocks out power

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:50pm

The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai remained without electrical service Monday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles over the weekend.

US fights Microsoft's bid to tell users when feds take data

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:50pm

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data.

Sticky substance coats roads after paper mill explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:31pm

Authorities say no one was injured when a paper mill exploded in Florida's Panhandle.

Judge rules Snapchat immune from distracted driver claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:31pm

A judge has dismissed claims against Snapchat that blamed the social media company's "speed filter" for a highway crash. The judge said the Communications Decency Act provides the social media company with immunity.

Firm acquires South Portland architectural software company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:11pm

A Utah-based private equity firm has acquired a South Portland company that develops software for architects and the construction industry.

Markets Right Now: Energy stocks lead US indexes lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:11pm

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'Alternative facts' quip from Trump adviser sparks mockery

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 1:51pm

Down is up. The sky is red. Dogs are birthing kittens. Facts? Nope. Try "alternative facts."