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Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:16pm

Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Denise Lavoie and Heidi Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:06pm

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday.

US panel says it's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:00pm

A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again.

Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

Greece's powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process.

Trump says more must be done to protect children

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:24pm

President Donald Trump was to hear in person Wednesday from students at the Florida high school that was struck by last week's shooting as he tries to show he is serious about tackling gun violence.

Jobs, training, free tickets: Casino woos minority community

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:40am

In a city where black residents have long felt excluded from the riches that Atlantic City's casinos generate, a new casino is making a massive effort to engage with the largely minority community in which it will operate.

Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:12am

New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:52am

The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted.

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40am

Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:31am

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney sought Wednesday to quantify the short-term hit of Brexit to British households, but expressed hope that living standards will finally start to improve this year following a period of rising inflation.

Utah House votes to repeal sales tax on food

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:21am

The Utah House has voted to repeal the statewide sales tax on food and raise the rate slightly on other purchases.

Plumber gets probation in trench collapse that killed worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:08am

A Pennsylvania plumber who pleaded guilty to violating federal workplace regulations before a trench collapse that killed a man has been placed on probation for two years.

Mexican network fires producer after actress' allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:04am

Mexico's largest television network said Wednesday it has severed ties with independent producer Gustavo Loza after actress Karla Souza said she was raped early in her career by a producer she did not name.

Markets Right Now: Tech, banks, retailers lead stock gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:54am

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President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:44am

The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:34am

Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames.

To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:30am

The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk.

Fast food is coming to your doorstep, but it can cost more

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:28am

It's never been easier to get burgers, burritos and other items from fast-food chains delivered to your doorstep. But the convenience can hurt your wallet.

Money an issue as many businesses don't give caregiver leave

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:09am

Within three months, one of MacLaren Cummings' staffers passed away from cancer and then both his own mother and the mother of an employee were diagnosed with breast cancer. Although he was the CEO, Cummings says, "the last thing I could think about was work."

Madrid art fair yanks photo exhibit amid political spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:02am

Madrid's International Contemporary Art Fair on Wednesday yanked a photo exhibition called "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain," prompting charges of censorship against the government-funded body which operates the event venue.