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Saudi crown prince to meet with Trump amid marathon US tour

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:42am

Saudi Arabia's young crown prince has an ambitious list of to-dos: modernize his conservative kingdom, weaken Iran's hand across the Mideast and, this week, rehabilitate his country's image in the eyes of Americans.

Border wall, Hudson River project hold up spending bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:36am

Battles over priorities in a huge government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, leaving a scaled-back plan for President Donald Trump's border wall and a huge rail project that pits Trump against Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrat as the top issues to be solved.

Trade war fears weigh on investor sentiment in Germany

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:24am

Jitters over a possible U.S.-led trade war appear to be worrying investment professionals in export-oriented Germany.

University of Maine gets $10M gift for engineering building

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:47am

The University of Maine has received a $10 million gift for its new engineering building.

UK investigating Cambridge Analytica, Facebook

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:14am

Britain's information commissioner says she is using all her legal powers to investigate the handling of millions of people's personal Facebook data by the social media giant and by political campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica.

Russian court: Telegram app must cooperate with spy agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:05am

Russia's top court has ruled that the Telegram messaging app can be forced to provide user data to security services.

UK households get some relief as inflation dips

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:57am

Inflation in Britain eased markedly during February, official figures showed Tuesday, in a development that will take some pressure off households who have seen Brexit-related price rises outstrip wage increases for months.

Trump Org. partner in India accused of bilking investors

Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:36am

An Indian company that is partnering with the Trump Organization on an office tower project has been accused of running an elaborate real estate swindle that cheated investors out of nearly $150 million, according to complaints filed with Indian authorities.

China's premier appeals to US to 'act rationally' over trade

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:22am

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to "act rationally" and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology and other disputes. He promised Beijing will "open even wider" to imports and investment.

Faulty fuel pump blamed for ferry stranded for 5 hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:05am

Officials say a faulty fuel pump is to blame for a ferry losing power off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, stranding 72 passengers for five hours.

Germany doubts EU will be exempt from Trump steel tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:38am

A German government official is doubtful that the European Union will be exempt from U.S. President Donald Trump's potentially damaging steel and aluminum tariffs.

Ryanair takes stake in Lauda's new Austrian airline

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:03am

Budget airline Ryanair says it is taking an initial 24.9 percent stake in an Austrian-based airline being set up by former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda.

On the menu for McDonald's: Cut greenhouse gas emissions

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:04am

The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener.

San Francisco could become largest US city to ban fur sales

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:28am

San Francisco could become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur, a move that would hearten animal lovers but frustrate niche business owners who say they are fed up with city officials dictating what retailers can or can't sell.

Crash marks 1st death involving fully autonomous vehicle

Jacques Billeaud and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:14am

A fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in a Phoenix suburb could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology as automakers and other companies race to be the first with cars that operate on their own.

DowDuPont to invest $50M in global Kevlar operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:00am

DowDuPont Inc. says it is investing $50 million in its global operations that make Kevlar, a high-strength fiber that's manufactured at a Virginia plant, among other locations.

Scandal-hit Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:46am

The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm, the latest twist in its efforts to survive the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down co-founder Harvey Weinstein, shook Hollywood and triggered a movement that spread out to convulse other industries.

China's premier urges US to 'act rationally' over trade

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:34pm

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to "act rationally" and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology and other disputes, promising that Beijing will "open even wider" to imports and investment.

First lady to hold first public event on cyberbullying

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:49pm

Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady.

Asian shares track US tech slump, focus on Fed meeting

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:34pm

Asian shares skidded Tuesday following an overnight decline on Wall Street after Facebook reported its worst loss in four years. Investors are awaiting the first Federal Reserve meeting under the new chairman, Jerome Powell, and anticipating the first rate increase of the year.