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Montana pipeline protester avoids jail, must pay restitution

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:01pm

An Oregon climate change activist avoided jail time and was ordered to pay $3,775 in restitution by a Montana judge on Tuesday after he was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil pipeline.

Lawmakers voice frustration with pace of air bag repairs

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:58pm

Members of a Senate panel voiced frustration Tuesday with the pace of repairs for vehicles with defective Takata air bag inflators and urged regulators to complete work on a federal rule that would require automakers to use email and other forms of electronic communication when notifying car owners about recall campaigns.

San Francisco becomes largest US city to ban fur sales

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:54pm

San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur, becoming the largest city in the country to do so and sending a heartening message to animal advocates around the world.

The Latest: US Senate announcement set in Mississippi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:52pm

The Latest on a U.S. Senate vacancy in Mississippi (all times local):

Judge says groups can sue to keep Arctic, Atlantic drill ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:51pm

A lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's reversal of a ban on petroleum drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic underwater canyons can move forward.

Can self-driving cars withstand first fatality?

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:44pm

The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations, but advocates for a hands-off approach say big changes aren't needed.

Trump tariffs set off industry scramble for exemptions

Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:36pm

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held up a can of Campbell's soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs were "no big deal," the canning industry begged to disagree — and they were hardly alone.

Border wall, tunnel tussle hold up sweeping spending bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:36pm

President Donald Trump will reap a huge budget increase for the military while Democrats cement wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under President Barack Obama if lawmakers can agree on a $1.3 trillion government-wide spending bill before a deadline later this week.

The Latest: San Francisco becomes largest US city to ban fur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:32pm

The Latest on fur sales ban in San Francisco (all times local):

Cambridge Analytica: We designed Trump campaign strategy

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:28pm

The chief executive of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica told a reporter posing as a potential client that his company played a big role in getting Donald Trump elected, a British news program revealed Tuesday.

The Latest: States seek answers from Facebook on users' data

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:28pm

The Latest on the alleged use of personal Facebook data by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (all times local):

FedEx beats profit forecasts, raises 12-month outlook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:20pm

Tax reduction, higher rates and strength in its ground-shipping business helped boost FedEx's profit during a stellar holiday gift-shipping season.

Utility investigates coal silo failure at New Mexico plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:19pm

One of the units at a coal-fired power plant that serves customers in the southwestern United States has been taken offline as officials investigate a structural failure in one of its coal silos.

Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:18pm

Hungry and destitute, tens of thousands of victims of Venezuela's unrelenting political and economic crisis are trying their luck in Brazil — a country where they do not speak the language, conditions are often poor and there are few border towns to receive them.

Breaking up with Facebook? It's harder than it looks

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:18pm

Facebook's latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network.

The Latest: US DOT to audit ill-fated Florida bridge project

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:17pm

The Latest on the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at a Florida university (all times local):

Stock indexes end mostly higher, but Facebook sinks again

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:14pm

Stock indexes finished mostly higher after a day of bouncing around Tuesday as retailers, energy companies and banks recovered some of their losses from the day before, but technology companies struggled as Facebook dropped again.


Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:10pm

Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.

Inmate accused of getting bogus tax refunds from behind bars

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:09pm

A man recently released from federal prison has been rearrested in Louisiana on charges he fraudulently obtained more than $171,000 in state income tax refunds, mostly while he was incarcerated.

Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:04pm

After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of "entertaining" opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.