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Highlights of massive spending bill nearing congressional OK

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:26pm

The $1.3 trillion spending bill the House approved Thursday is so big that lawmakers are using it as a prop.

The Latest: Maduro celebrates impending fall of Peru leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:22pm

The latest on political turmoil in Peru (all times local):

Judge blocks Trump lawyers in Trump-Panama hotel dispute

Lawrence Neumeister and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:14pm

The owners of a formerly Trump-branded hotel in Panama scored a victory over the U.S. president's companies Thursday when a New York judge blocked a Trump firm from pursuing arbitration claims aimed at restoring their control over the luxury hotel.

Brazil's top court gives temporary jail relief for Lula

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:12pm

Brazil's top court decided narrowly Thursday evening to give former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva temporary relief from prison on a corruption conviction until the justices meet again to decide the future of the left-leaning leader.

Correction: Senate-Mississippi-The Latest story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:08pm

In a story March 21 about a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, The Associated Press erroneously reported the end date of a term started by Republican Thad Cochran. The term expires in January 2021, not January 2020.

Behind Facebook's baby step fixes: Defending its ad business

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

Wondering why Facebook seems to be taking baby steps to address the biggest scandal in its history? Stronger safeguards on user data might damage Facebook's core business of using what it knows about you to sell ads that target your interests.

Correction: Senate-Mississippi story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

In a story March 21 about a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, The Associated Press erroneously reported the end date of a term started by Republican Thad Cochran. The term expires in January 2021, not January 2020.

US, AT&T fire opening salvos as govt seeks to block merger

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:02pm

The government and AT&T exchanged opening salvos in a federal trial Thursday as the U.S. seeks to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get — and how much they pay for — streaming TV and movies.

As US gets tough with China, Wall Street gets weak-kneed

Paul Wiseman and Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:54pm

The prospect of a full-blown trade war between the world's two biggest economies rattled investors Thursday, sending stocks to their biggest loss in six weeks.

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.

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.