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Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:23am

The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:16am

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained.

Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:06am

Apple says purported hacking techniques released by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers.

US stocks mostly higher ahead of uncertain health care vote

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:06am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday as technology companies and banks climb. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, which is scheduled to come up for a vote later Friday after it was delayed a day earlier. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017.

Kraft Heinz lays off 200 white-collar workers in Canada, US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:06am

Kraft Heinz Co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:47am

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West

Martha Mendoza and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:47am

Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says.

The Latest: Cable company to hire 20K workers over 4 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:35am

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Passenger trains clip each other in NYC; no serious injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:26am

Two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush Friday at Penn Station, jolting commuters and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries.

Maine's cod fishermen have worst year in history

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:26am

The cod isn't so sacred in Maine anymore.

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

The Latest: Health care bill clears procedural hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:10am

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A new face in Belarus' anti-government protests: The poor

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:06am

The half-million Belarusians who can't find work in their country's stumbling Soviet-style economy face an array of hard choices: register with the state employment exchange, which will force them to "public work" for a pittance; pay $250 for failure to register; or risk being jailed for taking part in a rising wave of protests against the labor law.

Advocates seek better awareness of Safe Haven baby laws

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:00am

After the discovery this week of an infant's body in a Connecticut reservoir, some lawmakers and advocates are questioning whether enough is being done to publicize a law that allows parents to drop off newborns at a hospital — no questions asked.

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:56am

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.

Portugal cuts deficit, says rejecting austerity brings gain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:56am

Portugal's statistics agency says that the country's budget deficit fell to 2.1 percent last year, with the government saying the drop proved critics of its anti-austerity measures wrong.

Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:48am

A senior Ukrainian official says the killer of Kremlin critic Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent.

Grain higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.