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Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:22am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google's parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube.

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

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:21am

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.

Ford 1Q earnings forecast short of estimates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:20am

Ford Motor Co. says its first-quarter earnings will be about 50 percent lower than last year because of increasing costs and lower sales.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:05am

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.

Shaken but defiant, Parliament resumes work after attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

Lawmakers and lords, researchers and reporters, cleaners and catering staff returned to Britain's Parliament Thursday, as Britain's seat of government shook off its shock and got back to work after an attack that left two civilians and a policeman dead.

Top Senate Democrat to oppose Trump pick for Supreme Court

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

The top Democrat in the Senate said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court and encouraged other Democrats to reject President Donald Trump's choice, setting up a showdown with majority Republicans.

Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

As President Donald Trump eyes cuts to farm programs, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he would make government programs more efficient while also working to create jobs in the struggling industry.

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

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

The Wall Street connections of President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission took attention at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Attorney Jay Clayton sought to assure his congressional vetters that he'll act only in the public interest and will show no favoritism.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:41am

Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

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

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

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

The Latest: Trump makes last-minute health care bill appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

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

Addams family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:30am

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn't a good idea

Claire Tsosie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:28am

and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it.

Poland's top politician: We want Britain close to EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:28am

Poland's most powerful politician says he will tell British Prime Minister Theresa May that Warsaw would like Britain to keep close ties with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:22am

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

Kentucky's new abortion law faces first legal test

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

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

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

The Latest: Salvaging of S. Korean halted over hanging ramp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

The latest on South Korean efforts to raise a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people (all times local):