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US was a temporary stop for many Venezuelans; now it's home

Gisela Salomon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:14pm

Helene Villalonga decided she had to get out of Venezuela for a while when two men, one brandishing a gun, showed up at her party rental business and told her to stop working for local politicians opposed to then-President Hugo Chavez.

Toy company CEO leads effort to salvage part of Toys R Us

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:04pm

Toy company executive Isaac Larian says he and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million in financing and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in order to bid for up to 400 of the Toys R Us stores being liquidated in bankruptcy.

Asian shares mixed after Fed raises interest rates

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02pm

Shares were mixed in Asia early Thursday after U.S. stock indexes finished with small losses following the Federal Reserve's hike in interest rates.

Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes for 'major breach of trust'

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:54pm

Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a "major breach of trust," admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Starbucks offers sparkling Crystal Ball Frappucino for buzz

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:43pm

Starbucks, thirsty for some social media magic, is releasing its latest sugary concoction: the fortune-telling Crystal Ball Frappucino.

Experts: Uber self-driving system should have spotted woman

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:38pm

Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her.

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:52pm

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:42pm

New York City's buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.

Highlights of what's in, what's out of vast spending bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:20pm

Sometimes the last train out of the station can't carry everything. That's the case with the $1.3 trillion spending measure Republican and Democratic bargainers unveiled late Wednesday and plan to push through Congress this week.

House approves bill aimed to help aid terminally ill people

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:03pm

The House has approved a Republican bill making it easier for terminally ill people to use unproven treatments.

MeToo takes off in South Korea, but justice harder to attain

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:44pm

The #MeToo movement has taken off with surprising rapidity in South Korea, toppling male celebrities and a prominent politician in a country where men have long brushed off sexual misconduct allegations and continued with their careers.

Lawmakers release huge budget; big military, domestic boosts

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:28pm

Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence.

Latest: Experts: Video shows Uber system had time to brake

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:24pm

The Latest on the deadly self-driving vehicle crash in Arizona (all times local):

Report: Coal's tipping point near, but climate goals are not

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:00pm

Declines in coal power plant construction in China, India and the U.S. are projected to push the heavily-polluting fuel over the edge— but not fast enough to meet international climate change goals, environmental groups said Wednesday.

The Latest: Bargainers announce $1.3 trillion budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:29pm

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

Budget bargainers clinch $1.3 trillion deal bearing big defense, domestic boosts, no protections for Dreamer immigrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:13pm

Budget bargainers clinch $1.3 trillion deal bearing big defense, domestic boosts, no protections for Dreamer immigrants.

University of Maryland professor tapped for Treasury post

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:11pm

President Donald Trump has nominated a University of Maryland professor to a Treasury department post.

AP Explains: How a phone may have steered hunt for bomber

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:06pm

Most people who own a smartphone take it wherever they go, a fact of modern life that enabled authorities to hunt down the man suspected in four Texas bombings before he blew himself up Wednesday.

Arizona high court won't block vote on school voucher law

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:02pm

Public school supporters won a major victory Wednesday in their bid to block Arizona's massive school voucher expansion law when the state Supreme Court ruled voters could decide the issue in November.

Human remains found at Texas chemical plant explosion site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:59pm

Human remains have been found in the wreckage of a North Texas chemical plant nearly a week after a worker went missing following an explosion and fire.