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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 officially 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.

The Latest: WhatsApp co-founder says dump Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:18am

The Latest on the alleged use of Facebook data to influence the U.S. presidential election (all times local):

The Latest: US markets mixed ahead of Fed decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:16am

The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Maryland to preserve bridge as symbol of segregation history

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:02am

A historic railroad bridge that served as a lifeline for a segregated African-American community just outside the nation's capital is being torn down to make way for a light-rail line, and now the community will be deprived of a northern exit in the process.

US existing-home sales climbed 3 percent in February

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:58am

U.S. sales of existing homes rebounded in February after declining for the previous two months, a sign that many Americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes available on the market.

Academic says he's being scapegoated in Facebook data case

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:26am

An academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday that he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and that he's being scapegoated in the fallout from the affair.

Utah county sues drugmakers, doctors over opioid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:20am

Officials of a northern Utah county are suing drug manufacturers, distributors and doctors in an effort to mitigate the consequences of the nation's opioid crisis.

Hawaii is drafting new rules for manta ray viewing sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:18am

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources has drafted rules regarding proposed changes to manta ray viewing sites.