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California court rejects city's review of coastal property

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

California's Supreme Court says a beach city failed to adequately consider the environmental effects of a plan to build homes on a large swath of land overlooking the coast.

Mexico raises benchmark interest rate to 6.50 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

Mexico's central bank says it has raised its benchmark interest rate by a half-point to 6.50 percent, in a bid to contain rising inflation.

Online tax effort revived at last minute in Arkansas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

A House committee revived a proposal Thursday forcing online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes, just two days after a lawmaker behind the bill declared it dead for this year's session.

Kansas House advances tougher amusement ride law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:40pm

A Kansas House member whose 10-year-old son died last summer on a water park slide spoke to his colleagues on the subject for the first time Thursday shortly before they voted unanimously to strengthen inspection rules for amusement rides.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:30pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Ex-Brazil lawmaker who led impeachment guilty of corruption

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A once-powerful politician who led impeachment proceedings against former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years and four months in prison for a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

Two months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy.

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign.

Spike network to be spiked, rebranded as Paramount in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

Cable television's Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.

Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:40pm

Kansas' conservative governor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, setting up a likely showdown with the Legislature.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:36pm

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

Ford hires 400 for Canadian connected car research

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:34pm

Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from embattled communications company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, the smartphone maker said Thursday.

Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:25pm

A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.

Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:25pm

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research over five days before and after the collapse of a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Thomas Beaumont and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:50am

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:47am

Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.