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Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:50am

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session.

AP Explains: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:45am

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:44am

Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

2 US men accused of illegally trafficking valuable baby eels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:40am

Federal investigators say two Maine men were indicted on charges related to illegally trafficking in baby eels.

Ford hires 300 for Canadian connected car research

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Ford Motor Co. is hiring more than 300 engineers for a new connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, Ontario, the automaker said Thursday.

Crews to investigate head-on crash that killed 13 in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Federal officials on Thursday began an investigation into a head-on collision between a pickup truck and small church bus in southwest Texas that crumpled the front of the bus and killed 13 senior adults returning from a church retreat.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:30am

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.

US economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:24am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

Pelosi backs Trump administration on debt ceiling increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she supports the Trump administration's request to increase the government's borrowing limit.

The Latest: Speaker shares Trump criticism of Freedom Caucus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:16am

The Latest on efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local):

Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:04am

A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:46am

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

Funds in the first quarter: Foreign markets were first

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:44am

Anyone with an American-only 401(k) account missed out in the first quarter.

Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:32am

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.

Acosta, Trump's choice for Labor, advances to full Senate

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:30am

Florida law school dean Alexander Acosta has moved a step closer to becoming President Donald Trump's secretary of labor.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago.

Acclaimed and off-beat magazine The Believer has new owner

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby and Anne Carson to Leslie Jamison and Daniel Handler, is changing ownership.

Kentucky coal miner dies: 15-foot section of rock collapses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:20am

Authorities say a 33-year-old miner has been killed in the collapse of a 15-foot-tall section of rock at a Kentucky coal mine.

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:11am

Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions that the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal with the bloc's remaining member countries.