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The Latest: Austria welcomes US exemption on tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:58am

The Latest on the European Union leaders summit in Brussels (all times local):

Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:58am

Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.

Trade war averted for now between US, Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:50am

The U.S. government said Thursday that the European Union will be among the trading partners that will be spared from an immediate decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the U.S.

The Latest: Israel investigating Facebook over data case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:48am

The Latest on reports that millions of Facebook users' data was used to target political ads (all times local):

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:46am

Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing as investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the U.S. and China. The Trump administration is expected to announce hefty trade sanctions on China later Thursday, while the government in Beijing said it will defend itself. Industrial and technology companies took some of the worst losses while banks dipped along with interest rates. Stock indexes in Europe took sharp losses as well.

Lanvin fashion designer Lapidus leaves after only 2 seasons

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:35am

After just two seasons as creative director of Lanvin, the storied Parisian house has announced the departure of its designer Olivier Lapidus.

Chase rarely lends to DC minorities _ and it's likely legal

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez Of Reveal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:32am

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Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:30am

The budget bill before Congress includes an update to federal law that makes clear that authorities with a warrant can obtain emails and other data held by American technology companies but stored on servers overseas.

Protests and strikes across France disrupt travel, schools

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:29am

Trains, planes, schools and other public services across France were seriously disrupted Thursday as unions set up dozens of street protests across the country.

China vows to defend its interests against US trade actions

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:24am

The Chinese government vowed Thursday to take "all necessary measures" to defend the country's interests if President Donald Trump targets it for allegedly stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.


AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:20am

Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in a bid to save potentially more than half of the 735 Toys R Us stores that will go dark in bankruptcy proceedings.

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:18am

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

The Latest: Trade rep says Canada, Mexico exempt on tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:18am

The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local):

Ford, Mahindra partner on small electric vehicle, some SUVs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:10am

Ford and Mahindra Group are teaming up to develop a small electric vehicle and some new SUVs.


Huge budget bill clears hurdle, nears final House vote

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:08am

A sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers" cleared an important procedural hurdle Thursday as lawmakers struggled to meet a Friday deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown.

The Latest: Sweeping budget bill clears hurdle in House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:08am

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

Experts: Uber SUV's autonomous system should have seen woman

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:54am

Two experts say video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle shows the sport utility vehicle's laser and radar sensors should have spotted a pedestrian, and computers should have braked to avoid the crash.

Average 30-year mortgage rates rose to 4.45 percent

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:52am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are ticking up slightly this week, the 10th increase in the past 11 weeks.

Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash

Paul Wiseman and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:39am

President Donald Trump was ready to hit China with billions of dollars in trade sanctions Thursday for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses braced for a backlash as the Chinese government vowed to take "all necessary measures" to defend itself in an emerging economic showdown.