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6 dead in chemical factory explosion in Czech Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:36am

An official says an explosion in a chemical factory in the Czech Republic has killed six people.

China vows to defend its interests against US trade actions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:34am

The Chinese government vowed Thursday to take "all necessary measures" to defend the country's interests if President Donald Trump targets it for allegedly stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

The Latest: UK official says Zuckerberg promises not enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:26am

The Latest on reports that millions of Facebook users' data was used to target political ads (all times local):

Global shares mostly lower following Fed interest rate hike

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:25am

Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after U.S. stock indexes finished with small losses following the Federal Reserve's interest rate hike. Beijing said it was prepared to defend its interests as the administration of President Donald Trump prepared to announce tariffs on imports from China.

Chase rarely lends to DC minorities _ and it's likely legal

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez Of Reveal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17am

tucked away on the ninth floor of a grey stone tower.

Official says an explosion in a chemical plant in the Czech Republic has killed 6 people, injured others

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:16am

Official says an explosion in a chemical plant in the Czech Republic has killed 6 people, injured others.

Turkey's key media group to be sold to pro-Erdogan business

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:15am

Turkey's largest media group said Thursday it is in talks with a business group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the sale of its outlets, a development that further curtails independent journalism in the country that has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn under his leadership.

Chicago sets tourism records in first months of 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:45am

Continuing last year's record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018.

Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:28am

Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

Leaders finalize US budget bill; voting could begin Thursday

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:20am

Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence.

Protest and strikes disrupt French public services

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:10am

Nationwide strikes are causing major disruptions to trains, planes, schools and other public services in France Thursday as unions set up dozens of street protests across the country.

US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:34am

The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T 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.

AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:18am

Toy company executive Isaac Larian says he and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million in financing and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in order to bid for up to 400 of the Toys R Us stores being liquidated in bankruptcy.

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:06am

Two experts say a video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber shows the pedestrian should have been within range of the SUV's laser and radar sensors.

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:39am

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:30am

A U.S.-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.

NKorean sanctions evasions reveal Hong Kong's middleman role

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:04am

In the dead of night last month, two tanker ships pulled alongside each other in the East China Sea. One was a North Korean vessel, the other was the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11.

MeToo takes off in South Korea, but justice harder to attain

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:47pm

The #MeToo movement has taken off with surprising rapidity in South Korea, toppling male celebrities and a prominent politician in a country where men have long brushed off sexual misconduct allegations and continued with their careers.

Starbucks offers sparkling Crystal Ball Frappucino for buzz

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:32pm

Starbucks, thirsty for some social media magic, is releasing its latest sugary concoction: the fortune-telling Crystal Ball Frappucino.

AP Explains: How a phone may have steered hunt for bomber

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:18pm

Most people who own a smartphone take it wherever they go, a fact of modern life that enabled authorities to hunt down the man suspected in five Texas bombings before he blew himself up Wednesday.