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Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:14am

Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.

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.

US economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

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.

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.

Bomb squad destroys explosives in southeastern Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:10am

Southeast Idaho officials say explosives likely left behind by a road construction crew in Pocatello have been destroyed with an explosion.

Navajo leaders look for way to keep mine, power plant open

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:10am

Navajo Nation political leaders are planning to ask the federal government for subsidies to keep a mine and generating station in northern Arizona open.

Ask Brianna: Is financial therapy right for me?

Brianna McGurran, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:03am

all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com.

The Latest: Kansas governor vetoes Medicaid expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:00am

The Latest on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoing an expansion of the state's Medicaid program (all times local):

VW to pay over $157M to settle emissions claims by 10 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:00am

Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

When a tax refund means bankruptcy

Sean Pyles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:51am

not by paying it off, but by giving them enough money to pay for bankruptcy.

Turkey criticizes US arrests in Iran sanctions case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:20am

Turkey's foreign minister says a Turkish banker and a Turkish businessman arrested in the United States for allegedly helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions are the target of a politically motivated case.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:12am

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Chilean president chides protectionism, isolationism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:12am

Chile's president criticized isolationist foreign policies and protectionism in trade Thursday, saying during a state visit to Portugal that multilateralism is "crucial" to address global challenges.