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US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:34am

The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get — and how much they pay for — streaming TV and movies.

Turkey's key media group to be sold to pro-Erdogan business

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:31am

Turkey's largest media group says it is in talks with a pro-government business group for the sale of its outlets, a development that further curtails independent journalism in the country.

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

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:18am

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.

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:06am

Two experts say a video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber shows the pedestrian should have been within range of the SUV's laser and radar sensors.

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

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:39am

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.

US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:30am

A U.S.-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.

NKorean sanctions evasions reveal Hong Kong's middleman role

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:04am

In the dead of night last month, two tanker ships pulled alongside each other in the East China Sea. One was a North Korean vessel, the other was the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11.

Asian shares mixed after Fed raises interest rates

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:58pm

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

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

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:47pm

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.

Starbucks offers sparkling Crystal Ball Frappucino for buzz

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:32pm

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

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

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:18pm

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 five Texas bombings before he blew himself up Wednesday.

Global tourism predicted to slow after best year ever

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:06pm

The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body.

Bank of England set to offer clues on possible May rate hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:05pm

The Bank of England is expected to keep its main interest rate unchanged Thursday but indicate that it could hike again in May to keep a lid on inflation as wages start to pick up.

Budget bill in place, lawmakers hope to begin voting quickly

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:56pm

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.

Trump targets China as US businesses await backlash

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:48pm

Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:48pm

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.

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

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:16pm

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.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:16pm

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.

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.

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.