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Philadelphia's soda tax brings in $6.4M in February

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13am

Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages is exceeding expectations.

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:02am

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president."

Turkey trying to exclude airport, airline from laptop ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

A senior official says Turkey is taking steps to keep Istanbul's main airport and its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, outside of the scope of new aviation restrictions imposed by the United States and Britain.

Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40am

Jordan's national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions — and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed.

European shares fall, Asia gains as US healthcare vote looms

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15am

Global shares were mixed Thursday, as European benchmarks edged lower after a day of gains in Asia. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.

The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean ferry progressing well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15am

The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local):

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:43am

House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

Singapore prime minister in Vietnam to up trade, investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:21am

Vietnam and Singapore signed several business agreements Thursday during a visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong aimed at boosting the island state's investment and trade with the communist country.

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:21am

The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.

In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:14am

Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism.

Business with China only sometimes a deal-breaker for Trump

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04am

Anthony Scaramucci announced to the world in January that he would be leaving Wall Street for the White House to become President Donald Trump's top public liaison. Not long after, Scaramucci was told by Trump's chief of staff that the sale of his hedge fund — a deal that includes a well-known Chinese conglomerate — raised too many ethics issues for him to start work immediately.

Former colleagues, judges to testify for Supreme Court pick

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04am

Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:00am

Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.

Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:43am

A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his unachieved achievements

Calvin Woodward and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:43am

President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project is merely suspended, as it has been for weeks.

What led to the Supreme Court's student disabilities ruling?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:40am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.

Rights of learning-disabled students bolstered by high court

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:40am

A unanimous Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court.

Spokesman confirms China suspended imports of Brazil beef

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:21am

A spokesman for China's commerce ministry confirmed Thursday his government has banned imports of Brazilian beef.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:53am

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."