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Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:49pm

The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:48pm

The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, assume responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say Facebook is 0-for-4.

Stocks meander but stay higher after Fed raises rates

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:42pm

U.S. stocks are higher Wednesday afternoon, but it's been a bumpy ride. Stocks initially rallied after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a move investors had expected, but later they shed that gain and went back to roughly where they started.

Washington state's electric vehicle sales tax break to end

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative session.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal.

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

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.

Judge lifts restraining order against pipeline protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia.

North Dakota congressional candidate picks up delegates' tab

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

North Dakota congressional candidate Tom Campbell, a wealthy potato farmer, is paying registration fees for some delegates to attend the state party's convention next month.

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:29pm

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

Background check measure on guns included in spending bill

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:28pm

A measure strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchases will be included in the $1.3 trillion government spending bill being negotiated by congressional leaders, aides said Wednesday.

The Latest: White House backs spending bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:16pm

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

Which countries will dodge tariff ax? Answer by end of April

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:10pm

The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

Kosovo lawmakers pass delayed border deal despite tear gas

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

Lawmakers in Kosovo approved a contentious and long-pending border demarcation deal with Montenegro Wednesday despite the opposition's use of tear gas to prevent a vote.

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:59pm

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

Kentucky teachers leave school to rally against benefit cuts

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:54pm

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from the Republican-led legislature.

Whistleblower gives behind-the-scenes look at Trump campaign

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:52pm

Chris Wylie can't prove the work he did for Cambridge Analytica helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election, but he thinks he has pretty good evidence.

Texas liquor stores to appeal Walmart booze sales ruling

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:49pm

An industry association representing Texas' liquor store operators says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that opens the door for Walmart to sell liquor by the bottle in Texas.

EU's Tusk predicts key Brexit progress at upcoming summit

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:46pm

EU Council President Donald Tusk insisted Wednesday that the European Union and Britain were on the cusp of a major Brexit breakthrough over the border in Ireland, where one part of the island will be part of the EU and the other won't when the U.K. leaves the bloc.

Sponsor of bill loosening gun rules helps colleagues kill it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:45pm

A bill in Maine that would have loosened restrictions on parents having guns in their cars on school grounds has failed to get a single affirmative vote, not even from the legislator who sponsored it.

ILO will investigate if Venezuela violated employers rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:38pm

The International Labor Organization is investigating if Venezuela's government violated global accords that protect the political and economic rights of employers. The ILO said Wednesday it had set up a commission to determine whether Venezuela violated treaties related to the right of employers to form associations and be consulted when minimum wages are set.