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NTSB urges ban on copter flights with unsafe harness systems

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:59pm

A deadly helicopter crash into a river prompted the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday to call on federal regulators to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release.

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:39pm

Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.

The Latest: Self-driving vehicle going 40 mph when hit woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:38pm

The Latest on the pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle in Tempe (all times local):

McDonald's reaches settlement in 'joint-employer' lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:38pm

McDonald's says it has reached a settlement with a U.S. labor agency over a lawsuit that could have decided if the fast-food company should be liable for hiring, pay and other decisions made at its franchised restaurants.

Trump Org. partner in India accused of bilking investors

Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:33pm

An Indian company that is partnering with the Trump Organization on an office tower project has been accused of running an elaborate real estate swindle that cheated investors out of nearly $150 million, according to complaints filed with Indian authorities.


Pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:28pm

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — an accident that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

Abortion impasse may shut down effort to reduce premiums

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:18pm

The polarizing politics of abortion have burst into the congressional budget debate, overwhelming bipartisan efforts to help millions of consumers who buy their own health insurance policies get relief from soaring premiums.

NYC launches investigation into Kushner Cos. false filings

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:14pm

A New York City council member launched an investigation Monday into the Kushner Cos.' routine filing of paperwork falsely claiming zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings, saying that the deception should have been uncovered long ago because the documents are online for all to see.

German, Polish leaders discuss EU unity on sanctions, ex-spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:08pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she would be pleased if Poland's talks with the European Union yielded a solution to the standoff over the country's rule of law record.

Short-term rates rise at weekly US Treasury auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:57pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction to their highest levels since August 2008.

The Latest: UK official to seek warrant for firm's servers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:56pm

The Latest on Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data (all times local):

Democrats reject immigration deal as budget deadline nears

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:54pm

Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trump's long-sought border wall as Washington talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill hit a critical stage on Monday.

Publisher Tronc names CEO Dearborn chairman of board

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:54pm

Newspaper publisher Tronc has named CEO Justin Dearborn as its chairman of the board, replacing Michael Ferro, who is retiring.

Blink-182 agrees to residency at Palms casino in Las Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:47pm

Blink-182 will have regularly scheduled shows in Las Vegas starting in May after agreeing to a residency at a theater at the Palms casino-resort.

Britain's information commissioner plans to seek a warrant to access servers of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:46pm

Britain's information commissioner plans to seek a warrant to access servers of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica.

Maduro's cryptocurrency 'genius' once pushed US sanctions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:44pm

A chief strategist of Venezuela's government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he's now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.

Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:44pm

The Trump administration on Monday banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. In a separate move, the administration also slapped sanctions on four current and former senior Venezuelan officials accused of corruption and mismanagement.

Ex-employee sues celebrity chef, claiming sexual harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:37pm

A woman who was formerly employed as a manager by celebrity chef Mike Isabella sued him and his business partners Monday alleging sexual harassment. Isabella denied the allegations.

G-20 meeting in Argentina eclipsed by potential trade war

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:20pm

Finance ministers and central bankers from the 20 leading industrial and developing countries are meeting in Argentina at a summit that has been eclipsed by growing concerns over the potential of a global trade war following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum.