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Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:46pm

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.

Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:34pm

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court.

Judge rules Dominion's coal ash site pollutes Virginia water

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:25pm

Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia's biggest utility stores coal ash and polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:24pm

Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Latest: Auto safety group applauds Utah 0.05 legislation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:20pm

The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):

Ukraine ex-finance minister to oversee Puerto Rico crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances amid a dire economic crisis announced Thursday that it appointed Ukraine's former finance minister as its executive director.

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as president doesn't violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.

A look at Cyprus banks, now tied to ex-Trump campaign chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

Federal investigators have been examining financial transactions in Cyprus related to President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Here is some history behind the island nation's once-notorious label as a haven for lax financial oversight:

The Latest: PAC pulls support from health bill opponent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.

Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50pm

After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

Obama's top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:47pm

The Obama administration's top civil rights lawyer announced Thursday she will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they see the Justice Department softening its focus on a number of their priorities.

Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40pm

Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on one of the state's medical marijuana companies whose former executives have been charged with illegally shipping $500,000 of marijuana oils to New York, pushing legislation allowing regulators to revoke the manufacturer's license and levy a huge fine.

Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.

Stock rally sputters after vote on health bill is delayed

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump.

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.

Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:00pm

With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. But could he wind up with a plan that doesn't line up with some other campaign promises?