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Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:54pm

Congressional leaders and the White House are pressing to strike an accord on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill, though disputes remain over immigration, abortion and a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.

China appoints US-trained central banker

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:42pm

A U.S.-trained economist was appointed Monday to succeed the longtime governor of China's central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, at a time when the ruling Communist Party is trying to reduce financial risks and surging debt.

Fire at Philippine hotel-casino out, death toll raised to 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:40pm

Firefighters found two more bodies Monday in a hotel-casino gutted by fire that sent thick, heavy smoke into the sky over the Philippine capital, raising the death toll to five, officials said.

Vietnam trying ex-Politburo member over oil giant's losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:32pm

A court in Hanoi began a criminal trial Monday of a former Politburo member accused of mismanagement at state oil giant PetroVietnam that cost millions of dollars.

Maduro's cryptocurrency 'genius' once pushed US sanctions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:24pm

A chief strategist of Venezuela's government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he's now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.

Senators want to know how FAA approved open-door flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:14pm

A deadly helicopter crash has prompted New York's senators to call for an investigation into how the Federal Aviation Administration ever approved open-door helicopter sightseeing flights and tight harness systems.

Asian markets mixed following Wall Street gains

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:57pm

Asian stock markets were mixed Monday following Wall Street's gain and China's appointment of a new central bank governor and other top economic officials.

Greenpeace says brands refusing to reveal palm oil sources

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:55pm

Greenpeace says household brands including PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson are refusing to disclose where they get their palm oil from despite vows to stop buying from companies that cut down tropical forests to grow the widely used commodity.

Japan's February exports, imports grow amid trade war fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:38pm

Japan's exports grew 1.8 percent in February compared to the same month a year earlier, as the surplus fell to just $32 million, according to customs data released Monday.

China's next economic czar: Harvard-trained Xi adviser

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:24pm

China's next economy czar is a Harvard-trained supporter of free markets who is President Xi Jinping's top adviser but has no experience fighting the bureaucratic battles the post can require.

Paralympics fans had difficult time, changes may not happen

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 6:22pm

As the world's top Paralympic athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang's narrow and uneven streets.

Facebook's Zuckerberg comes under fire from UK, US lawmakers

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:04pm

Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after reports surfaced that another company, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users.

US February housing starts fell 7% after January surge

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:33pm

U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent.

3.0-magnitude earthquake rattles parts of central Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 1:57pm

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma.

German auto supplier opens $46.3 million plant in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 1:28pm

MöllerTech, a German auto supplier, has opened a $46.3 million plant in central Alabama.

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem, shot dead by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:42am

Israel's Shin Bet security service says a Palestinian has stabbed an Israeli in Jerusalem, seriously wounding him. Police said he was shot dead by officers at the scene.

AP Report: Kushner Companies regularly filed false documents with NYC

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:26am

When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.

German economy minister heads to US with trade war looming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 11:14am

Germany's economy minister is heading to Washington with the message that American tariffs on European steel and aluminum could prompt a trade war, which would be in nobody's interest.

Fire at exploded Texas chemical plant being allowed to burn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:41am

A fire at a Texas chemical plant following an explosion last week is being allowed to burn itself out before authorities search for a missing worker who's presumed dead.

Prospects dim for congestion tolls in New York City

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:14am

The prospects for are worsening for the latest proposal to impose new tolls on motorists entering the busiest parts of Manhattan as skeptical lawmakers balk at the plan.