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El Salvador bans all metals mining, marking first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban.

Last Kentucky abortion clinic files lawsuit to stay open

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

Kentucky's only remaining clinic that performs abortions is challenging a state order that would shut it down.

Sockeye to be moved from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:52pm

Endangered Snake River sockeye salmon will be moved from a southwest Idaho hatchery because flood waters from the nearby Boise River are threatening the facility, officials announced late Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines, Branson clash over licensing fees

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:41pm

Alaska Airlines could be headed toward a showdown with Richard Branson over millions of dollars in licensing fees.

Kansas mulls new requirements for abortion providers

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:28pm

Kansas already requires abortion providers to inform women about the risks involved in the procedure. Soon, it may also require them to tell women where the doctor performing an abortion went to medical school — in black, 12-point Times New Roman font, no less.

Lululemon's shares drop after weak outlook

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:26pm

Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell more than 17 percent Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company said it'd had a slow start to the year and offered a weaker outlook than expected for the current quarter.

The Latest: Sockeye to be moved from Idaho hatchery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:25pm

The Latest on endangered Snake River sockeye salmon at a hatchery threatened with flooding (all times local):

Cenovus buying most of ConocoPhillips's Canadian assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:11pm

Cenovus Energy announced Wednesday it will pay $17.7 billion Canadian (US$ 13.2 billion) for most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets.

Putin critic says he narrowly escaped death after poisoning

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:30pm

A Russian opposition leader sharply critical of President Vladimir Putin told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that he narrowly escaped death last month after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven't been able to identify.

No more tears: Restaurant gets praise, scorn for ban on kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

A North Carolina restaurant's ban on children 5 and younger is drawing both praise and criticism.

Person stabbed near popular outdoor shopping, dining plaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

Someone has been stabbed near a busy outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining plaza popular with locals and tourists in downtown Burlington, Vermont.

Kellogg headquarters' tower evacuated; suspected Freon leak

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:46pm

Nearly two dozen workers at Kellogg Co.'s Battle Creek headquarters have been hospitalized as a precaution following a suspected Freon leak.

The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:30pm

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

2 states settle with Santander over 'unfair' car loans

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

Santander has agreed to a $26 million settlement with officials in two states over the bank's role in issuing subprime auto loans to thousands of consumers who could not afford to repay them, officials said Wednesday.

Idaho lawmakers adjourn 2017 regular session

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:10pm

Idaho lawmakers closed out the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, finishing the year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries while clearing a sweeping transportation funding plan.

Little change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,253.40 an ounce, down $1.90.

Officials now say northern Oklahoma earthquake 4.1 magnitude

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

Officials have slightly downgraded a relatively powerful earthquake that struck a remote area of northern Oklahoma.

Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia's efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region.

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.