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Judge expected to rule on R Kelly request to fly to Dubai

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:11pm

A Chicago judge is expected to rule on whether to let R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges.

Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:07pm

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump's meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

North Korea, seeking food aid, links sanctions to shortages

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:49pm

Kumkhop Trading Co. President Ri Jong Ho sweeps his hand over a table full of foods produced at his factory. There's a bowl of assorted candies and rice cakes, a plate of sausages and ham, slices of a French baguette and Russian dark bread. "We are doing fine," he says with a confident smile. "Just look."

Death toll in China chemical plant explosion rises to 44

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:00pm

The death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday.

A local government in China reports the death toll in a chemical plant explosion has risen to 44

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 7:42pm

A local government in China reports the death toll in a chemical plant explosion has risen to 44.

Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 6:44pm

The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises.

Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 6:40pm

The Alabama Senate has moved forward a bill that would allow Alabamians to donate part of their state tax refunds to help build a border wall with Mexico.

Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 6:38pm

Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced Thursday.

A hot US job market is coaxing people in from the sidelines

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 6:31pm

A surprisingly strong burst of job growth over the past year has led many economists to wonder: Where are all the workers coming from?

Fox 2000, arm behind 'Hidden Figures,' to close under Disney

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 5:59pm

Fox 2000, the specialty unit behind such diverse literary adaptations as "Hidden Figures," ''Love, Simon" and "Life of Pi," is closing shop under the Walt Disney Co.

Prime Minister Theresa May says she "will make every effort" to ensure delayed Brexit happens with a deal in place

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 5:19pm

Prime Minister Theresa May says she "will make every effort" to ensure delayed Brexit happens with a deal in place.

European Council chief Donald Tusk says the British government has accepted the EU's offer to delay Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:54pm

European Council chief Donald Tusk says the British government has accepted the EU's offer to delay Brexit.

US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:49pm

The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement.

European Union offers choice of short Brexit delays with April or May cut-offs depending on UK's response.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:41pm

European Union offers choice of short Brexit delays with April or May cut-offs depending on UK's response.

Austria's chancellor says the European Union has come up with a way to prevent a no-deal Brexit next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:33pm

Austria's chancellor says the European Union has come up with a way to prevent a no-deal Brexit next week.

European Union chief says bloc has unanimously decided on a response to the UK's request to delay Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:25pm

European Union chief says bloc has unanimously decided on a response to the UK's request to delay Brexit.

Rand Paul's $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:24pm

A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by the man.

The Latest: Jurors find man guilty in teacher's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:11pm

The Latest on the trial of a man accused in teacher's death (all times local):

Duke Energy CEO's pay dropped to $14M after big 2017 bounty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:09pm

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good's reported compensation is down to $14 million after a big raise in 2017 put her at more than $21 million.

Donny and Marie Osmond announce end of Las Vegas residency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:07pm

Donny and Marie Osmond say they will end their Las Vegas show later this year, concluding an 11-year run on the Strip.