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Canada, Mexico officials: trade pluses should outweigh fear

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:14pm

Senior Canadian and Mexican officials on Wednesday expressed frustration with current American skepticism about free trade, saying the benefits for all three countries should be kept in mind during the current renegotiation of NAFTA.

Wichita bank sues after ATM gave out $100s instead of $5s

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:11pm

A Wichita bank is trying to get money back from a woman accused of making more than 50 withdrawals from an ATM that was spitting out $100 bills in place of $5s.

Talk-show host sues PBS for breach of conduct after firing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:08pm

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley is suing his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service, for breach of contract after he was fired over sexual harassment allegations.

Utah governor questions proposal to sue California over coal

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:08pm

Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he's not convinced Utah should spend taxpayer money to sue California over its extra tax on coal and that the $2 million estimate for private attorneys to handle the case seems "exorbitant."

Trump hears wrenching tales at school violence meeting

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:59pm

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump sat rapt and motionless, listening intently as raw emotions reverberated at the White House.

Ford ousts top exec over 'inappropriate behavior'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:58pm

Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:54pm

Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday they found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.

Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:50pm

New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.

Advance Auto Parts and Alphabet rise; Devon Energy drops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:30pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Argentina truckers gridlock traffic to protest Macri reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:28pm

Tens of thousands of Argentines joined a demonstration on Wednesday organized by truckers and other labor unions in the first major protest so far this year against President Mauricio Macri's austerity measures.

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:22pm

Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.

Frustrated Oklahoma educators mulling organized walkout

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:22pm

Oklahoma educators frustrated with low pay and another round of proposed cuts to public schools are mulling an organized walkout to get lawmakers' attention.

Markets Right Now: Spike in bond yields upends a stock rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:16pm

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Snowboarders White, Kim boost NBC to weekly ratings win

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:59pm

The aerial wizardry of snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim lifted the Winter Olympics and NBC to a weekly ratings victory.

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:48pm

In a heated debate set to last more than 14 hours, Greek lawmakers were to decide on whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

Ken Thomas and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:44pm

The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted.

White nationalist sues Twitter for banning his account

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:31pm

A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his account as the social network cracks down on content it deems abusive.

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:19pm

A federal advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a new vaccine against hepatitis B.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:16pm

Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Denise Lavoie and Heidi Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:06pm

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday.