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Australian prime minister won't choose between China and US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:37pm

Australia's prime minister said his Australia doesn't need to choose between the United States and China, as he announced a new beef export deal with the Chinese.


White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30pm

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails.

'Hidden Figures' author Shetterly receives literary prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10pm

An author whose book was the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie "Hidden Figures" has won an award for writing literature that promotes diversity and confronts racism.

Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:52pm

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. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.

Senator, predecessor face charges of violating election law

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:45pm

A state senator and his predecessor are facing felony charges they violated election law, the latest allegations in a state that has seen a rash of corruption arrests.

Last-minutes changes to the GOP health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:26pm

House Republican leaders have proposed last-minute changes to the health care bill, which they've offered in hopes of winning over wavering lawmakers. The House will vote on them when it considers the overall legislation, a debate scheduled for Friday.

GOP governors, including Utah's, back Republican health plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:10pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has joined seven other Republican governors in a letter endorsing the GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:17pm

President Donald Trump often points to his best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," as proof of his persuasive powers. But his deal-making abilities are being put to the ultimate test.

The Latest: White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:04pm

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

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

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:00pm

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?

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

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:54pm

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.

The Latest: Utah gov. signs .05 DUI limit, strictest in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:21pm

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

Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:19pm

The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

2 dogs survive gas explosion that levels home; no one hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:19pm

And they say cats have nine lives.

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

Tali Arbel and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13pm

The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses.

Ukraine ex-finance minister to oversee Puerto Rico crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:08pm

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.

Intel chairman hates spotlight_ but the spotlight found him

Eileen Sullivan and Garance Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:46pm

For a man who doesn't like the spotlight, the chairman of the House intelligence committee has secured himself a place in it.

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.