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First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite critics

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:19pm

Melania Trump pushed back against critics Tuesday, declaring her commitment to combating cyberbullying despite the hits she has endured for taking on the issue while her husband routinely goes on Twitter to berate foes and call them names.

Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:19pm

Emails and text messages made public Tuesday show frantic efforts after Hurricane Maria by officials of the Puerto Rican government and Walmart to get fuel to keep their generators going — and silence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

APNewsBreak: Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule

Jason Dearen and Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:18pm

Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.

Utility investigates coal silo failure at New Mexico plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:16pm

One of the units at a coal-fired power plant that serves customers in the southwestern United States has been taken offline as officials investigate a structural failure in one of its coal silos.

Weinstein Co.'s bankruptcy could bring new wave of accusers

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:09pm

Is #MeToo part two on the way?

The Latest: New Jersey investigating Facebook, data firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:09pm

The Latest on the alleged use of personal Facebook data by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (all times local):

Hospital cited over woman left in cold in hospital gown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:06pm

Federal regulators have cited a Baltimore hospital in connection with a January incident in which a mentally ill woman was discharged and left at an open-air bus stop wearing only a flimsy gown and socks.

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:04pm

The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.

Montana pipeline protester avoids jail, must pay restitution

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:01pm

An Oregon climate change activist avoided jail time and was ordered to pay $3,775 in restitution by a Montana judge on Tuesday after he was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil pipeline.

Lawmakers voice frustration with pace of air bag repairs

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:58pm

Members of a Senate panel voiced frustration Tuesday with the pace of repairs for vehicles with defective Takata air bag inflators and urged regulators to complete work on a federal rule that would require automakers to use email and other forms of electronic communication when notifying car owners about recall campaigns.

San Francisco becomes largest US city to ban fur sales

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:54pm

San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur, becoming the largest city in the country to do so and sending a heartening message to animal advocates around the world.

The Latest: US Senate announcement set in Mississippi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:52pm

The Latest on a U.S. Senate vacancy in Mississippi (all times local):

Judge says groups can sue to keep Arctic, Atlantic drill ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:51pm

A lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's reversal of a ban on petroleum drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic underwater canyons can move forward.

Can self-driving cars withstand first fatality?

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:44pm

The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations, but advocates for a hands-off approach say big changes aren't needed.

Trump tariffs set off industry scramble for exemptions

Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:36pm

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held up a can of Campbell's soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs were "no big deal," the canning industry begged to disagree — and they were hardly alone.

Border wall, tunnel tussle hold up sweeping spending bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:36pm

President Donald Trump will reap a huge budget increase for the military while Democrats cement wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under President Barack Obama if lawmakers can agree on a $1.3 trillion government-wide spending bill before a deadline later this week.

The Latest: San Francisco becomes largest US city to ban fur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:32pm

The Latest on fur sales ban in San Francisco (all times local):

Cambridge Analytica: We designed Trump campaign strategy

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:28pm

The chief executive of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica told a reporter posing as a potential client that his company played a big role in getting Donald Trump elected, a British news program revealed Tuesday.

FedEx beats profit forecasts, raises 12-month outlook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:20pm

Tax reduction, higher rates and strength in its ground-shipping business helped boost FedEx's profit during a stellar holiday gift-shipping season.

Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:18pm

Hungry and destitute, tens of thousands of victims of Venezuela's unrelenting political and economic crisis are trying their luck in Brazil — a country where they do not speak the language, conditions are often poor and there are few border towns to receive them.