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

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:47am

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

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

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly.

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.

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

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:27am

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.

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.

Stock markets, pound subdued as UK triggers Brexit request

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:36am

World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as Britain triggered the start of its exit from the European Union, a formal step that kicks off two years of negotiations that will have wide-ranging consequences for business in the region.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:56am

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from an outfitter of luxury aircraft.

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:33am

China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy.

France pledges $2.6 billion for Indonesia as Hollande visits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:26am

France pledged $2.6 billion in investments for Indonesia and affirmed deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy during a visit Wednesday by President Francois Hollande.

Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

Jonathan Lemire and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight.

EU blocks merger of Deutsche Boerse, London Stock Exchange

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

European regulators blocked the proposed merger of Germany's Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday, saying it would effectively have created a European monopoly in clearing bonds.

Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

Fears for Indonesian park's rare species as Trump town rises

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Shrouded in mist and cloud, the twin volcanoes of the lushly forested Gunung Gede Pangrango national park are the brooding guardians of nature's last stand on teeming Java island. Indonesia's overflowing, polluted capital is a couple of hours north, and with Trump-branded properties being built next to this protected area, Jakarta may soon feel even closer.

AP EXPLAINS: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:44am

Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

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

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:32am

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.

Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:53am

In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump no factor in Social Security increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:45am

Widely circulated online reports crediting President Donald Trump for 2017 increases in retirees' Social Security checks don't accurately portray how the system works.

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:45am

The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of protest from Democrats.