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African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:52am

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

The Latest: EU's Tusk will advise backing Brexit transition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:52am

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Kentucky teachers leave school to rally against benefit cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:52am

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers are flexing their political muscle with a rally outside the state Capitol, hoping to bury a proposed pension overhaul.

6th person charged in union-Fiat Chrysler corruption scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:50am

A union official who helped negotiate a contract with Fiat Chrysler has been charged with accepting luxuries worth tens of thousands of dollars, including fancy shoes, air travel and lavish meals.

The Latest: Bill has modest gun background check provision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:48am

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US targets South Sudan oil sector, ministries over civil war

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:48am

The United States is targeting South Sudan's state-owned oil company, its oil and mining ministries and a dozen other oil-related entities in an attempt to stem the financial flow fuelling the country's civil war.

AP Source: Tesla stockholders approve Elon Musk compensation

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:46am

Shareholders of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. have approved an ambitious pay package for iconic CEO Elon Musk that could net him more than $50 billion if he meets lofty milestones over the next decade, according to a person briefed on the vote.

Film examines Dolores Huerta from jazz to 'Si, Se Puede'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:44am

Dolores Huerta, the social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez and whose "Si, Se Puede" chant inspired Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign's "Yes We Can" slogan, is the subject of a new PBS documentary.

Texas liquor stores to appeal Walmart booze sales ruling

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:40am

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

The Latest: Romanian party says no Cambridge Analytica ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:38am

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Actresses urge New York Gov. Cuomo to raise tipped wage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:37am

Sixteen actresses, including Jane Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the wage paid to tipped workers.

Final spending bill leaves out 'dreamers,' major wall money

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:36am

Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill 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.

The Latest: AP Source: Stockholders approve Tesla CEO pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:32am

The Latest on Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's pay package (all times local):

Markets Right Now: Stocks are mostly higher in midday trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02am

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Immigrant advocates urge bus company to block federal agents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02am

Immigrant rights attorneys are urging a major bus company to stop letting federal agents on board to conduct immigration sweeps.

EU unveils new tax plans that could hit US tech giants

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:59am

The European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to make big tech companies pay more taxes in a move that would, if endorsed, hit online U.S. firms like Google and Facebook.

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.

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.