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Actresses urge New York Gov. Cuomo to raise tipped wage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:37am

Sixteen actresses, including Jane Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the wage paid to tipped workers.

The Latest: AP Source: Stockholders approve Tesla CEO pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:32am

The Latest on Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's pay package (all times local):

US pressures South Sudan's oil sector over civil war

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:22am

The United States is taking action against 15 South Sudanese oil-related entities in an attempt to stem the financial flow fuelling the country's civil war.

Tesla shareholders vote on Elon Musk's ambitious pay package

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:14am

Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. are voting on a pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade that include raising the company's market value tenfold.

Markets Right Now: Stocks are mostly higher in midday trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Immigrant advocates urge bus company to block federal agents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02am

Immigrant rights attorneys are urging a major bus company to stop letting federal agents on board to conduct immigration sweeps.

EU unveils new tax plans that could hit US tech giants

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:59am

The European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to make big tech companies pay more taxes in a move that would, if endorsed, hit online U.S. firms like Google and Facebook.

Tear gas halts Kosovo parliament vote on border deal

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:58am

Kosovo's opposition on Wednesday used tear gas several times to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Germany's Merkel hopes to avert 'illegal' US tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:50am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing talks aimed at averting U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs that she believes are illegal, but says Europe will retaliate in an "unambiguous" way if it has to.

Mississippi agriculture official expected to go to US Senate

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:49am

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to appoint state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to succeed a longtime U.S. senator who is resigning because of poor health.

US stocks inch up as investors wait for Fed news on rates

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:47am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Wednesday as investors wait for news on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates, and investors will be watching closely for clues about how many more increases the central bank may make this year and also for the Fed's assessment of how the economy is doing.

4 tips to navigating store liquidation sales

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:41am

The liquidation of Toys R Us is adding to the clutter of "Store Closing" signs as department stores, mall chains and other retailers close poorly performing locations.

Opening arguments in AT&T antitrust trial postponed

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:40am

Opening arguments in the federal government's case to block AT&T's efforts to gobble up Time Warner have been postponed until Thursday.

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:39am

Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as talks entered the final stage on Wednesday.

Magic, expertise and service help independent toy retailers

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:34am

When a young customer returned to Mary Arnold Toys a few days after an Easter egg decorating event, store owner Judy Ishayik asked the child, "How is your egg?"

Legislation clears way for MH17 trials in the Netherlands

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:31am

The Dutch government has sent legislation to Parliament that clears the way for prosecution in the Netherlands of any suspects identified in the long-running investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.

The Latest: Ryan says spending bill to be finalized 'soon'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:24am

The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

Steve Wynn looks to sell shares in former company

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:20am

Former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn plans to potentially sell all his stock in the casino-operator, a month after he resigned over sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:20am

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.