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Toys R Us founder dies days after chain's announced shutdown

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:48pm

Charles P. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and transformed it into an iconic piece of Americana, died Thursday at age 94, a week after the chain announced it was going out of business.

Illinois governor compares foes' tactics to 'mafia racket'

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:44pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday compared the business practices of Illinois' powerful House speaker with mafia tactics, opening a new attack on his longtime political foe while urging Republican unity following a bruising primary he barely won.

Meredith to remodel Iowa offices, transfer New York jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:19pm

A day after announcing major job cuts, magazine publisher Meredith Corp. said it plans a $21 million remodel of its corporate headquarters in Iowa to accommodate 41 jobs it's transferring from New York.


House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:14pm

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.

Judge blocks Trump lawyers in Trump-Panama hotel dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:14pm

A judge in New York has given the owners of a formerly Trump-branded hotel in Panama a victory over the U.S. president's company.

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

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:12pm

Justices on Brazil's top court debated on Thursday whether former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could remain free while appealing a corruption conviction.

Herbert signs bill that could raise marriage license fees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:12pm

Some couples tying the knot in Utah will have to pay more for their marriage license later this year unless they undergo counseling, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

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.

The Latest: Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:02pm

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

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:00pm

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."

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

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez Of Reveal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:44pm

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New York, New Jersey airport workers to see wage hikes

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:40pm

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, bringing to a close years of protests.

Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries

Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:38pm

Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war.

Nike posts loss due to tax expense, but beats expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:36pm

Nike reported a loss in its third quarter due to a $2 billion tax expense related to recent changes in the U.S. tax law. But its results beat expectations and its shares jumped in after-hours trading.

Suit settled in death of Anton Yelchin, actor crushed by SUV

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:24pm

The parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV that crushed and killed the "Star Trek" actor in his driveway in 2016.

Ad business at stake, Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:19pm

Engulfed in a scandal over its users' privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem.

Stocks dive on trade war fears after China sanctions

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:16pm

Stocks plunged Thursday after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on goods and investment from China. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 700 points as investors feared that trade tensions between the world's largest economies would escalate.

Environmentalists seek to block New Mexico border wall work

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:00pm

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

The Latest: US to sell $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:54pm

The Latest on the United States and Saudi Arabia (all times local):

Alabama 3rd state to allow execution by nitrogen gas

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:40pm

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