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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.

US stocks little changed as health care debate continues

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

U.S. stocks are treading water Thursday morning as investors wait for news about the fate of the Republican-backed health care bill, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda of cuts to taxes and regulations and greater infrastructure spending. Banks are pulling out of a recent slump as bond yields and interest rates rise while Alphabet, Google's parent company, leads technology stocks lower.

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.

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):

In Trump's America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:10am

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.

Disney, Universal battle tax bill for Florida theme parks

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

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

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

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.

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GOP still hunting votes on brink of House health care vote

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their health care overhaul and were hoping President Donald Trump would close the deal with a bloc of conservatives at a White House meeting that could determine the fate of their showpiece legislation.

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

Americans shrugged off higher mortgage rates and snapped up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

US new-home sales rise in February to most in 7 months as builders ramp up construction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

US new-home sales rise in February to most in 7 months as builders ramp up construction.

Shaken but defiant, Parliament resumes work after attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:59am

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.