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17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees.

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media.

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.

Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:32am

After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.


Trump tries to close health care deal, but GOP skeptics grow

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showcase health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:21am

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:20am

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

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

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:10am

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.

Stocks climb, led by banks; health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday as banks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable by forcing interest rates on loans higher. Over the last two days stocks have regained about half the ground they lost in Tuesday's plunge. Google's parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube because they don't want their ads appearing alongside offensive videos.

Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:58am

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to promote agricultural trade and create jobs in the struggling industry.

Mickey vs. the tax man: Disney, Universal fight tax bills

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

Utah governor announces he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

Utah governor announces he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country.

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:46am

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:32am

Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, a spokesman for the World Food Program said in Johannesburg Thursday, responding to questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to cut $10 billion in foreign aid.

Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion is facing its first legal challenge in a federal courtroom.

No laptop on board? Jordan airline gives light-hearted tips

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Say hello to the person next to you. Reclaim territory on the armrest. Think of the reasons why you don't have a laptop or tablet with you.

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

Kevin Freking and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.