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Puerto Rico rejects pension cuts sought by federal board

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:43pm

Puerto Rico government officials said Friday they will not bow to demands from a federal control board overseeing the island's finances that they implement cuts to a struggling public pension system as part of an upcoming fiscal plan to help pull the U.S. territory out of an economic crisis.

Mozilla, Tesla, other businesses take a Facebook pause

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:27pm

Mozilla, Tesla and other companies are distancing themselves from Facebook following revelations of a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign.

Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:23pm

Oregon's attorney general said Friday she is reviewing whether to launch an investigation of Facebook, including whether it violated a state law that protects online customers' private information.

Stocks tumble on trade fears; S&P has worst week in 2 years

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:23pm

Stocks around the world plunged Friday as investors feared that a trade conflict between the U.S. and China, the biggest economies in the world, would escalate. A second day of big losses pushed U.S. stocks to their worst week in two years.

Attacks force Mexico Coke bottler to close in southern city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:09pm

Mexico's largest Coca-Cola bottler said Friday that is indefinitely suspending operations in the southern city of Ciudad Altamirano due to violence.

Attorneys general from 4 states back coal ash cleanup ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:02pm

Four state attorneys general are supporting a judge's order for a federal utility to clean up coal ash at a Tennessee plant.

Lobbying pays off for small drugmaker in budget bill

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:01pm

Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Trump says administration will ban bump stock devices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:34pm

President Donald Trump says his administration will "BAN" bump stock devices that "turn legal weapons into illegal machines."

UK data watchdog raids Cambridge Analytica office in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:19pm

Officers from Britain's information regulator are raiding the London offices of data firm Cambridge Analytica after being granted a warrant as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of personal information.

The Latest: Ryan urged Trump to sign bill after veto threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:11pm

The Latest on the $1.3 trillion spending bill (all times local):

AP News Guide: Trump gets wishes on border wall - sort of

Elliot Spagat and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:05pm

Congress gave President Donald Trump the $1.6 billion he wanted this year for his proposed "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico but the headline number masks what he didn't get on one of his signature campaign promises. Here are some questions and answers about the wall's status:

Mexico approves conscientious objection for doctors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:03pm

Mexico's national anti-discrimination council says a proposed law allowing doctors to refuse medical procedures because of conscientious objection threatens patients' right to treatment.

Peru's new president a political novice facing tough odds

Franklin Briceno and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:57pm

Peru's new president has scarce experience governing but is known as a consensus builder who might have a shot at bridging divides after one of the most-bitter political crises in the Andean nation's recent history.

United gives $10,000 travel voucher to 'bumped' passenger

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:52pm

a $10,000 travel voucher.

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:51pm

The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.

Shares of Dropbox surge in first day of trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:45pm

Shares of the digital file storage company Dropbox soared Friday in their stock market debut.

Micron Technology and Lincoln National skid; Nike rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:28pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

Markets Right Now: Stocks swoon again; Dow sinks 400

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:13pm

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

Dow Jones industrials sink 425 points, closing out their worst week in two years and extending weekly drop to 1,400

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:06pm

Dow Jones industrials sink 425 points, closing out their worst week in two years and extending weekly drop to 1,400.