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Canadian court approves bid for Trump tower in Toronto

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:36pm

A Canadian judge on Thursday approved the sale of the Donald Trump-branded Toronto hotel and condo tower to its main debt holder after no other bids were submitted for the troubled building.

Officials: Callers saw a pickup swerving before Texas crash

Claudia Lauer and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:15pm

Law enforcement officials from two Texas departments say they received phone calls about a pickup driving erratically shortly before a collision between a truck and church bus in southwest Texas that killed 13 people returning from a retreat.

Lawyer: Giuliani, ex-attorney general work for Turkish man

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and an ex-U.S. attorney general were hired by a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, but don't expect to see them in court, a lawyer told a judge handling the case on Thursday.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:03pm

The last thing President Donald Trump needs on his 100th day in office is a government shutdown.

Best friend turns on 'good old boy' accused lottery scammer

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:46pm

It took Texas businessman Robert Rhodes more than a year to turn against his "good old boy" best friend after he realized that Eddie Tipton would not do a deal and tell prosecutors about how he had created an elaborate system to rig lotteries in five states.

North Carolina is flushing its bathroom bill. What's next?

Emery P. Dalesio and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:46pm

North Carolina's General Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to repeal the "bathroom bill" that has provoked an economic backlash since its hasty enactment a year ago. Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper reached the deal despite strenuous objections from both social conservative and gay rights advocates. Here's a look at the details:

So long, dandelion: Crayola retiring crayon color

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:30pm

Dandelion has gone to seed.

California court rejects city's review of coastal property

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:26pm

California's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an upscale coastal city failed to adequately consider the environmental effects of a plan to build homes on a large swath of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:26pm

The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign.

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:14pm

Most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump's overall performance two months into his presidency. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy.

The Latest: Judge to rule later on Trump University case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:14pm

The Latest on lawsuits filed against Trump University (all times local):

Mexico raises benchmark interest rate to 6.50 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:57pm

Mexico's central bank says it has raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to 6.50 percent, in a bid to contain rising inflation.

Nyet! Bill to ban Russian vodka in liquor stores is defeated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:57pm

You can still buy Russian vodka at New Hampshire liquor stores.

Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:46pm

Kansas' conservative governor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, setting up a likely showdown with the Legislature.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:45pm

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

'The Codfather' pleads guilty to evading fishing quotas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:38pm

A U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Ford hires 400 for Canadian connected car research

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from software company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, company officials said Thursday.

G7 culture ministers discuss threat of cultural trafficking

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

During their first-ever formal meeting, culture ministers representing Group of Seven industrialized nations on Thursday decried the looting and trafficking of cultural treasures by terror groups while experts acknowledged that objects believed looted by extremists are starting to surface in the marketplace.