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EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Posing with Pope Francis in front of Michelangelo masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome with the hope that a visit to the cradle of their project of unity can somehow rekindle the vigor of youth.

Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday.

Netflix re-ups with Sandler, plan 4 more films together

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Netflix is doubling down on Adam Sandler. The streaming giant has extended its deal with the comedian for four more feature films.

Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish 'threats'

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:09pm

Cyprus said Friday it won't give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would "take all necessary measures to protect its interests" in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:00pm

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

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Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:00pm

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.

Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:54pm

A Ukrainian official said Friday that the killer of renegade Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent, a claim quickly rejected by the Kremlin.

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

Josh Boak and Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:45pm

President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Murder trial: Officer testifies about autistic boy's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:45pm

A Louisiana law enforcement officer has testified at his murder trial that he was trying to save a fellow officer when he opened fire on a car, killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounding his father.

The Latest: Snarled commute looms after NYC train collision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:39pm

The Latest on a collision between trains operated by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit at New York's Penn Station (all times local):

Stock gains fade as health care bill challenges Trump agenda

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:26pm

U.S. stocks gave back much of an early gain but were mostly higher Friday afternoon as investors bid up technology and consumer-focused companies. House Republicans say their health care bill does not have enough support to pass in a vote this afternoon, which is casting some doubt on President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017.

The Latest: WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:20pm

The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local):

The Latest: White House doubts success of health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:10pm

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Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:46am

The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

A new face in Belarus' anti-government protests: The poor

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

The half-million Belarusians who can't find work in their country's stumbling Soviet-style economy face an array of hard choices: register with the state employment exchange, which will force them to take "public work" for a pittance; pay $250 for failure to register; or risk being jailed for taking part in a wave of protests against the labor law.

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity.

US rig count increases 20 this week to 809; Texas up 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 20 this week to 809.

Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers.

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit.