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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.

Victims' families urge California to end gun investments

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:42pm

Families of mass shooting victims and others called Monday for the nation's largest public pension fund to stop investing in companies that sell assault weapons and devices that allow guns to fire more rapidly.

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.

NYC launches investigation into Kushner Cos. false filings

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:36pm

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.

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.

The Latest: Woman hit by Uber SUV was walking bicycle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:18pm

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

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:14pm

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.


Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:12pm

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the U.S. and Canada.

Steve Wynn settled with second woman over sex allegations

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:10pm

Embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn brokered a settlement more than a decade ago with a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct and recently reported her to the FBI, his attorneys say in court documents.

Facebook drags technology companies down as stocks slide

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:58pm

Facebook plunged to its worst loss in four years Monday and led a rout in technology companies. The social media company's stock fell following reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users.

Claire's, the ear-piercing mall chain, files for bankruptcy

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:56pm

Claire's, the mall chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:53pm

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over.

The Latest: Trump, Dems at odds over immigrants, border wall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:52pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to reach a deal on a $1.3 trillion spending bill (all times local):

Court filing claims Education Dept illegally got SSN data

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:38pm

A group of former students defrauded by for-profit colleges is claiming in court that the Education Department illegally obtained and used their Social Security data to limit their student loan relief.

The Latest: Pension fund not divesting from gun retailers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:36pm

The Latest on calls for California's public pension fund to stop investing in assault-weapon retailers (all times local):

Facebook and Newell Brands skid while Orbotech climbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:36pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:

Promotional products company Geiger buying UK's BTC Group

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:33pm

U.S. family-owned promotional products company Geiger is buying the largest family-owned promotional products distributor in the United Kingdom.

The Latest: Data-mining firm got $6M from Trump campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:14pm

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

Markets Right Now: Tech stock sink; Facebook takes a beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:12pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Norwegian aluminum maker apologizes for pollution in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:06pm

A Norwegian aluminum maker operating in Brazil is apologizing for polluting a river and promising to make changes so that it doesn't happen again.