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The Latest: GOP, Dems at odds over insurance relief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:24am

The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

UBS to pay $230M for risky mortgage-backed securities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:24am

The financial services firm UBS has agreed to pay $230 million to New York state in a legal settlement stemming from the firm's handling of mortgage-based securities in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis.

New Idaho child tax credit bill headed to governor's desk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:23am

A proposal that would increase an Idaho child tax credit to provide more tax relief to families is on its way to the governor's desk for consideration.

US stocks inch up as investors wait for Fed news on rates

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:16am

U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday as investors wait for news on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates, and investors will be watching closely for clues about how many more increases the central bank may make this year and also for the Fed's assessment of how the economy is doing.

The Latest: Zuckerberg said set to speak on data scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:10am

The Latest on the alleged use of Facebook data to influence the U.S. presidential election (all times local):

Film examines Dolores Huerta from jazz to 'Si, Se Puede'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:08am

Dolores Huerta formed the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, stood next to Sen. Robert Kennedy minutes before he was assassinated, inspired Barack Obama's 2008 "Yes We Can" presidential campaign slogan with her "Si, Se Puede" rallying cry and has continued her social activism as she approaches her 90th birthday.

The Latest: Mississippi agriculture official named to Senate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:08am

The Latest on a replacement for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local):

The Latest: EU's Tusk expresses "cautious optimism" on trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:06am

The Latest on the reaction to President Donald Trump's proposal to put tariffs on steel and aluminum (all times local):

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:02am

African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Academic says he's being scapegoated in Facebook data case

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:00am

An academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and that he's being scapegoated in the fallout from the affair.

The Latest: US markets rise ahead of Fed decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:56am

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

Students hold vigil for Florida bridge-collapse victims

Josh Replogle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:54am

Hundreds of Florida International University students gathered for a vigil Wednesday morning to remember the six victims who died in a pedestrian bridge collapse near campus.

The Latest: EU's Tusk will advise backing Brexit transition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:52am

The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):

Kentucky teachers leave school to rally against benefit cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:52am

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers are flexing their political muscle with a rally outside the state Capitol, hoping to bury a proposed pension overhaul.

6th person charged in union-Fiat Chrysler corruption scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:50am

A union official who helped negotiate a contract with Fiat Chrysler has been charged with accepting luxuries worth tens of thousands of dollars, including fancy shoes, air travel and lavish meals.

US targets South Sudan oil sector, ministries over civil war

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:48am

The United States is targeting South Sudan's state-owned oil company, its oil and mining ministries and a dozen other oil-related entities in an attempt to stem the financial flow fuelling the country's civil war.

AP Source: Tesla stockholders approve Elon Musk compensation

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:46am

Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. have approved an ambitious pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade, according to a person briefed on the vote.

Texas liquor stores to appeal Walmart booze sales ruling

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:40am

An industry association representing Texas' liquor store operators says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that opens the door for Walmart in Texas to sell liquor by the bottle.

Actresses urge New York Gov. Cuomo to raise tipped wage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:37am

Sixteen actresses, including Jane Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the wage paid to tipped workers.

Final spending bill leaves out 'dreamers,' major wall money

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:36am

Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as talks entered the final stage on Wednesday.