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Utah restaurant owners rejoice: Puzzling signs may come down

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:38pm

Utah restaurant owners are happy that they may no longer have to post signs near their doors clarifying their establishments aren't bars. They say the requirement created last year was unnecessary and only added to the confusion for visitors and newcomers about Utah's liquor laws.

Money-laundering watchdog: Close North Korean banks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:32pm

The watchdog that monitors global and illicit misuse of funds has cited North Korea as a top source of "ongoing and substantial" money laundering and terrorist financing and urged countries to close North Korean banks.

EU leaders can't agree yet on post-Brexit budget

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:22pm

European Union leaders are unlikely to agree this year on a new multiyear budget that will plug a huge funding gap caused by Britain's departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday.


US tightens sanctions on North Korean shipping

Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:20pm

The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. has now blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the North.

EU warns Turkey after its warships force gas rig to halt

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:18pm

The European Union warned Turkey on Friday to rein in its navy after Turkish warships threatened and blocked a rig from reaching a site southeast of Cyprus where it was to drill for natural gas.

Authorities mull terror charges in Planned Parenthood crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:15pm

Authorities in New Jersey are considering filing terrorism charges against a Massachusetts man charged with deliberately crashing a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic.

US asks judge to approve seizure of 'Pharma Bro' assets

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:12pm

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli appeared in court Friday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics, and the brash former pharmaceutical CEO had a new look since his bail was revoked in September: a scruffy beard that made his appearance less boyish.

The Latest: Trump warns of 'very rough' sanctions on NKorea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:04pm

The Latest on U.S. sanctions against North Korea (all times local):

US companies distance themselves from NRA as pressure mounts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:52pm

U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre.

Chairman of China's Geely acquires 10 percent of Daimler

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:48pm

Daimler says that Chinese businessman Li Shufu, chairman of Zhejiang Geely, has acquired nearly 10 percent of the German automaker's shares.

The Latest: US companies split with NRA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:44pm

The Latest on the reaction by U.S. companies to the Florida school massacre (all times Eastern):

The Latest: Governors push national health care compromise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:36pm

The Latest on a bipartisan group of governors working on a health care solution (all times local):

Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:22pm

A second judge has told the Trump administration it can't keep stalling clean-air rules for oil and gas production on federal lands.

Governors push bipartisan national health care compromise

Zeke Miller and Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:22pm

A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues took on the question of health care on Friday.

AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:20pm

Chester Trahan's grandchildren are working, so he's feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country's overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump.

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

AP Economics Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:18pm

The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it had provided under Janet Yellen.

Farmer cuts off snowmobile trail after cow is shot nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:44am

A farmer who says his pregnant cow was shot and killed near a snowmobile trail on his property in Maine will no longer let the public ride on the trail.

Group seeks investigation into Zinke's ties to gun company

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:39am

A political watchdog organization says U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to have violated a conflict of interest law by meeting with executives of a Montana firearms company in which he holds stock.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:38am

Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

General Mills gets pet-friendly again by buying Blue Buffalo

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:34am

The maker of Cheerios also wants to fill dog bowls.