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China appoints US-trained central banker

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:26pm

A U.S.-trained economist was appointed Monday to succeed the longtime governor of China's central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, at a time when the ruling Communist Party is trying to reduce financial risks and surging debt.

China's next economic czar: Harvard-trained Xi adviser

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:24pm

China's next economy czar is a Harvard-trained supporter of free markets who is President Xi Jinping's top adviser but has no experience fighting the bureaucratic battles the post can require.

Senators want to know how FAA approved open-door flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:54pm

A deadly helicopter crash has prompted New York's senators to call for an investigation into how the Federal Aviation Administration ever approved open-door helicopter sightseeing flights and tight harness systems.

Paralympics fans had difficult time, changes may not happen

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 6:22pm

As the world's top Paralympic athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang's narrow and uneven streets.

Facebook's Zuckerberg comes under fire from UK, US lawmakers

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:04pm

Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after reports surfaced that another company, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users.

US February housing starts fell 7% after January surge

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:33pm

U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent.

3.0-magnitude earthquake rattles parts of central Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 1:57pm

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma.

German auto supplier opens $46.3 million plant in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 1:28pm

MöllerTech, a German auto supplier, has opened a $46.3 million plant in central Alabama.

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem, shot dead by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:42am

Israel's Shin Bet security service says a Palestinian has stabbed an Israeli in Jerusalem, seriously wounding him. Police said he was shot dead by officers at the scene.

AP Report: Kushner Companies regularly filed false documents with NYC

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:26am

When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.

German economy minister heads to US with trade war looming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:14am

Germany's economy minister is heading to Washington with the message that American tariffs on European steel and aluminum could prompt a trade war, which would be in nobody's interest.

Fire at exploded Texas chemical plant being allowed to burn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:41am

A fire at a Texas chemical plant following an explosion last week is being allowed to burn itself out before authorities search for a missing worker who's presumed dead.

Prospects dim for congestion tolls in New York City

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:14am

The prospects for are worsening for the latest proposal to impose new tolls on motorists entering the busiest parts of Manhattan as skeptical lawmakers balk at the plan.

Q&A: Holding drugmakers accountable for the opioid crisis

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:02am

Hundreds of communities in the U.S. are suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, arguing that the companies should help pay the enormous costs of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.

FDA begins push to cut addictive nicotine in cigarettes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 8:56am

Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked.

Facebook's recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

Ryan Nakashima and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 8:32am

Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.

Fire at Manila hotel and casino kills at least 3 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:18am

A fire engulfed a hotel and casino in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing at least three employees, trapping two others and forcing the evacuation of more than 300 guests, some by helicopter, officials said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed to second 5-year term

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:08am

China's ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers.

Abu Dhabi signs $1.45B offshore deal with Total

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:17am

The state oil company of the energy-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates says it has signed a deal worth $1.45 billion with French oil giant Total SA granting it stakes in offshore fields.