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Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:59pm

Citigroup put new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, the company said Thursday, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

New York, New Jersey airport workers to see wage hikes

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:56pm

Workers at New York-area airports will see their wages nearly double after the agency that operates the airports approved a series of hikes through 2023, bring to a close years of protests.

Alabama 3rd state to allow execution by nitrogen gas

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:54pm

Alabama will become the third state to authorize the untested use of nitrogen gas to execute prisoners under legislation signed by Gov. Kay Ivey.

US, AT&T fire opening salvos as govt seeks to block merger

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:54pm

The government and AT&T exchanged opening salvos in a federal trial Thursday as the U.S. seeks 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.

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:50pm

Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

Markets Right Now: Stocks plunge on worries over trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:50pm

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:46pm

Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.

Dow Jones industrial average plunges 600 points as worries over trade tensions with China rattle financial markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:40pm

Dow Jones industrial average plunges 600 points as worries over trade tensions with China rattle financial markets .

Environmentalists seek to block New Mexico border wall work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:39pm

A coalition of environment groups is seeking to stop work to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico.

House committee calls for Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:32pm

The leaders of a key House committee declared Thursday that Facebook officials failed to answers questions about a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining company, and they want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.

Texas company settles Oklahoma pollution lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:31pm

A Texas-based oil field service company has settled a lawsuit with more than 100 southern Oklahoma residents who allege their homes and businesses were damaged by groundwater contamination caused by the company.

Brazil's top court weighs letting Lula remain free on appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:14pm

Justices on Brazil's top court are debating whether former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can remain free while he appeals a corruption conviction.


House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:06pm

The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:58pm

CNN chief Jeff Zucker sharply attacked the network's rivals at Fox News Channel on Thursday, saying that it has become a propaganda machine that is "doing an incredible disservice to the country."

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:56pm

Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing after the Trump administration moved to place tariffs on some goods imported from China and restrict Chinese investment. The Chinese government said it will defend itself and investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the world's largest economies. Industrial and technology companies took some of the worst losses while banks dipped along with interest rates. Stock indexes in Europe also took sharp losses.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:52pm

He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joins a long list of recent Peruvian presidents undone by scandals that have destroyed voters' trust in their elected officials.

Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:48pm

Congressional leaders are rejecting President Donald Trump's effort to kill or sharply cut funding of programs to protect and restore some of the nation's prized waters, such as the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:38pm

The budget bill before Congress includes an update to federal law that makes clear that authorities with a warrant can obtain emails and other data held by American technology companies but stored on servers overseas.

Mexican presidential front-runner would review oil contracts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:30pm

Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he would review dozens of concessionary contracts signed under the country's energy sector reform if elected to office.

Trump to 'pause' looming metal tariffs for some countries

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:24pm

The European Union, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea are among the nations that will get an initial exemption from looming steel and aluminum tariffs from the Trump administration, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday.