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

Gisela Salomon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:38am

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.

Average 30-year mortgage rates rose to 4.45 percent

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:26am

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

Stocks sink as investors fear US-China trade tensions

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:22am

Stocks are sinking and bond prices are climbing as trade tensions between the U.S. and China rise. The Trump administration is expected to announce trade sanctions on China, 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 and Asia also fell.

US slaps sanctions on French chemical weapons expert for IS

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:22am

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a French chemical weapons expert accused of making and using such munitions for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Love that home's view? See how much more you'll pay

Marilyn Lewis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:12am

and whether it's worth it .

Made in France? Britain's next passport won't be made in UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:09am

A non-British company has apparently been chosen to make Britain's post-Brexit passports.

Maligned stock pickers catch up to index funds. Can it last?

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:59am

Last year was a terrific one for nearly every stock investor as markets kept soaring higher. It was even better for one group that's among the most maligned on Wall Street.

Tiny Alaska village prepares for its 1st cruise ship visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:54am

The Alaska village of Larsen Bay — with a population of 87 — will have its first luxury cruise ship visit this summer.

Markets Right Now: China tariff worries sink US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:42am

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

Greek minister heads to Macedonia to discuss name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:35am

Greece's foreign minister is going to Macedonia for talks on how to resolve a decades-long dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:32am

Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.

Publisher of Theranos book moves up release date to May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:31am

The publisher of an investigative book on blood testing startup Theranos has moved up the release date from October to this spring.

Bank of England keeps rates on hold and hints at May rise

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:13am

The Bank of England kept its interest rates unchanged Thursday but appeared to hint that another rate hike in May was possible as inflation remains high.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:12am

He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joins a long list of recent Peruvian presidents undone by scandals that have destroyed voters' trust in their elected officials.

Protests and strikes across France disrupt travel, schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:04am

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

6 dead, 2 hurt in Czech chemical factory explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:04am

An explosion rocked a chemical factory Thursday in the Czech Republic, killing six people and injuring two others, officials said.

Leaders finalize US budget bill; voting could begin Thursday

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:03am

Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill 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.

Smoke detectors that might not detect smoke are recalled

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:57am

Nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that might not be able to detect smoke are being recalled by a company based in North Carolina.

The Latest: Pound stays strong after UK rate hike hint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:41am

The Latest on the Bank of England's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

EU leaders set to condemn Turkey over Cyprus gas blockade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:17am

European Union leaders are set to condemn Turkey's efforts to stop natural gas exploration off Cyprus ahead of a meeting next week between top EU officials and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.