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NYC rail tunnel, bridge could get boost from spending bill

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:40pm

A key infrastructure project seen as critical to the future of rail travel in the northeast could get a jump-start from money contained in a spending bill being negotiated in Congress.

Trump pushing Europe to fix Iran deal he may blow up anyway

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

Trump administration negotiators have a tough sales job as they pressure European allies to accept new restrictions on Iran: Even if Europe agrees, President Donald Trump may blow up the nuclear deal anyway.

Groups seek ban on Mexican seafood from Gulf of California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of International Trade, seeking a ban on Mexican seafood from the upper Gulf of California.

Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines fixes

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:38pm

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Markets Right Now: After a day of wobbling, indexes end down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:36pm

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

Trump swings behind massive budget; big military increase

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:31pm

Despite second thoughts, President Donald Trump swung behind a $1.3 trillion government spending bill Wednesday that would give him a partial victory on funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Crisis experts say Facebook has mishandled the data scandal

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:30pm

The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say that until Wednesday, Facebook was 0-for-4.

MuleSoft and TRI Pointe rise while General Mills stumbles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:26pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:16pm

The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

The Latest: EU hails Kosovo vote as 'real achievement'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

The Latest on the contentious border vote in the parliament of Kosovo (all times local):

US Senate appointee in Mississippi pledges to support Trump

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

Mississippi's Republican agriculture commissioner, who served on a farm advisory committee for President Donald Trump, was appointed Wednesday to succeed a veteran U.S. senator who is resigning because of poor health.

The Latest: Powell's press briefing shorter than Yellen's

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:04pm

The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose benefit cuts

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:02pm

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from the Republican-led legislature.

Stocks meander but stay higher after Fed raises rates

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:42pm

U.S. stocks are higher Wednesday afternoon, but it's been a bumpy ride. Stocks initially rallied after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a move investors had expected, but later they shed that gain and went back to roughly where they started.

Washington state's electric vehicle sales tax break to end

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative session.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal.

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.

Judge lifts restraining order against pipeline protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia.

North Dakota congressional candidate picks up delegates' tab

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

North Dakota congressional candidate Tom Campbell, a wealthy potato farmer, is paying registration fees for some delegates to attend the state party's convention next month.

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:29pm

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.