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Bank of England keeps rates on hold but hints at May rise

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:23am

The Bank of England kept its interest rates unchanged Thursday but appeared to issue another broad hint that they may rise again in May to get inflation back to target.

EU leaders set to condemn Turkey over Cyprus gas blockade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:17am

European Union leaders are set to condemn Turkey's efforts to stop natural gas exploration off Cyprus ahead of a meeting next week between top EU officials and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's key media group to be sold to pro-Erdogan business

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:58am

Turkey's largest media group said Thursday it is in talks with a business group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the sale of its outlets, a development that further curtails independent journalism in the country that has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn under his leadership.

Global stocks slide amid trade tensions, Fed rate hike

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:54am

Global stock markets fell Thursday as investors braced for trade conflict between economic heavyweights U.S. and China. Beijing said it was prepared to defend its interests as the administration of President Donald Trump prepared to announce tariffs on imports from China.

AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:26am

Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in a bid to save potentially more than half of the 735 Toys R Us stores that will go dark in bankruptcy proceedings.

German minister: US trade officials 'open to our arguments'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:25am

Germany's economy minister says he found officials in Washington "open to our arguments" when he visited to try and avert steel and aluminum tariffs against the European Union.

Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of water

Alex Stuckey Of The Houston Chronicle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:52am

The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29.

YouTube tightens restrictions on firearm videos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:47am

YouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.

The Latest: German minister seeks explanation from Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:46am

The Latest on reports that millions of Facebook users' data was used to target political ads (all times local):

China vows to defend its interests against US trade actions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:34am

The Chinese government vowed Thursday to take "all necessary measures" to defend the country's interests if President Donald Trump targets it for allegedly stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

Chase rarely lends to DC minorities _ and it's likely legal

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez Of Reveal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17am

tucked away on the ninth floor of a grey stone tower.

Official says an explosion in a chemical plant in the Czech Republic has killed 6 people, injured others

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:16am

Official says an explosion in a chemical plant in the Czech Republic has killed 6 people, injured others.

Chicago sets tourism records in first months of 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:45am

Continuing last year's record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018.

Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:28am

Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

Leaders finalize US budget bill; voting could begin Thursday

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:20am

Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence.

Protest and strikes disrupt French public services

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:10am

Nationwide strikes are causing major disruptions to trains, planes, schools and other public services in France Thursday as unions set up dozens of street protests across the country.

US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:34am

The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get — and how much they pay for — streaming TV and movies.

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:06am

Two experts say a video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber shows the pedestrian should have been within range of the SUV's laser and radar sensors.

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:39am

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.