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The Latest: Businesses worried about tariffs, Powell says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:14pm

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

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:14pm

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.

Washington state's electric vehicle sales tax break to end

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:11pm

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.

Which countries will dodge tariff ax? Answer by end of April

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:10pm

The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:08pm

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

Kosovo lawmakers pass delayed border deal despite tear gas

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

Lawmakers in Kosovo approved a contentious and long-pending border demarcation deal with Montenegro Wednesday despite the opposition's use of tear gas to prevent a vote.

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:59pm

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

Kentucky teachers leave school to rally against benefit cuts

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:54pm

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.

Whistleblower gives behind-the-scenes look at Trump campaign

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:52pm

Chris Wylie can't prove the work he did for Cambridge Analytica helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election, but he thinks he has pretty good evidence.

Texas liquor stores to appeal Walmart booze sales ruling

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:49pm

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

US stocks rise after Fed boosts interest rates, as expected

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:48pm

U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as investors had expected. The central bank said the U.S. economy and the job market continued to improve in the last two months.

EU's Tusk predicts key Brexit progress at upcoming summit

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:46pm

EU Council President Donald Tusk insisted Wednesday that the European Union and Britain were on the cusp of a major Brexit breakthrough over the border in Ireland, where one part of the island will be part of the EU and the other won't when the U.K. leaves the bloc.

North Dakota congressional candidate picks up delegates' tab

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:45pm

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.

Sponsor of bill loosening gun rules helps colleagues kill it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:45pm

A bill in Maine that would have loosened restrictions on parents having guns in their cars on school grounds has failed to get a single affirmative vote, not even from the legislator who sponsored it.

ILO will investigate if Venezuela violated employers rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:38pm

The International Labor Organization is investigating if Venezuela's government violated global accords that protect the political and economic rights of employers. The ILO said Wednesday it had set up a commission to determine whether Venezuela violated treaties related to the right of employers to form associations and be consulted when minimum wages are set.

Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:35pm

Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:34pm

New Mexico regulators have approved a plan to build two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

Arsenic in groundwater? Virginia coal ash case before court

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:33pm

Virginia's largest electric utility asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's ruling that the company is violating federal law by discharging arsenic through groundwater into surrounding waters from a coal ash storage site.

Markets Right Now: Stocks, yields rise after Fed's rate rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:24pm

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

The Latest: Kosovo lawmakers approve contentious border deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

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