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The Latest: Cambridge Analytica links to Blackwater founder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:14am

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

Amazon workers in Spain on a 2-day strike over pay, overtime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:08am

Workers in the largest logistics center in Spain, owned by global e-commerce giant Amazon, are striking over wages and overtime benefits.

EU approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto after concessions

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:04am

The European Union has approved Bayer's buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed some $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.

Farage dumps fish in River Thames in Brexit fishing protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:58am

Pro-Brexit demonstrators have hurled fish into the River Thames to protest against continued European access to U.K. fishing waters after Britain leaves the European Union next year.

Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:58am

South Korea's telecoms regulator has fined Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services from late 2016 to 2017.

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:42am

The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.

Investors cautious ahead of Fed interest rate decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:28am

Investors are cautious as they await the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's first meeting under its new chairman, Jerome Powell, and his subsequent news conference.

BMW says spending to rise on autonomous, electric technology

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:19am

Automaker BMW says this year's profits will at least equal last year's results as the company sinks billions into developing electric and autonomous car technology to meet expected changes in how people get from one place to another.

German panel ups growth forecast but warns on trade war

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:00am

A council of economic advisers to the German government thinks Europe's biggest economy will grow by more than it previously thought this year, while warning of the risks of a possible trade war with the U.S.

World shares waver as investors await Fed decision on rates

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:52am

World shares were mostly lower Wednesday as some markets gave back early gains ahead of the Federal Reserve's first decision on interest rates since the appointment of its new chair, Jerome Powell.

Austin newspaper cites unidentified high-ranking law enforcement official saying bombing suspect blew himself up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:47am

Austin newspaper cites unidentified high-ranking law enforcement official saying bombing suspect blew himself up.

Burundi on brink again as president wants to rule until 2034

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:22am

Declared this month by supporters as Burundi's "eternal supreme guide," President Pierre Nkurunziza now wants changes to the constitution that would let him rule until 2034. The referendum in May could spark further deadly violence in the African nation that the U.N. human rights chief has called one of "the most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times."

Authorities recover new clues after another Austin blast

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:09am

Investigators pursuing a suspected serial bomber in the Texas capital faced new threats along with the promise of valuable new leads as their attention shifted to a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio where a package exploded and the discovery of another, unexploded bomb near Austin's airport.

Ax throwing gains in popularity as pastime, sport

Robert Bumsted, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:42pm

Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects.

Facebook: A community like no other. Should you leave it?

Ted Anthony, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:14pm

Sure. Take that quiz about which hair-metal band is your spirit animal. Share a few snaps of your toddler at the beach and watch the likes pile up. Comment on that pointed political opinion from the classmate you haven't seen since the Reagan administration.

Asian stocks advance ahead of Fed meeting, Tokyo closed

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:38pm

Asian stock markets advanced Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's first meeting since the appointment of its new chair, Jerome Powell.

Talks on spending bill drag on as shutdown deadline nears

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:20pm

Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill drag on as congressional negotiators find themselves tangled in side issues ahead of a Friday deadline.

Emails show FEMA silent as Puerto Rico sought generator fuel

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:18pm

As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce.

Tariffs on steel, aluminum set off scramble for exemptions

Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:16pm

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held up a can of Campbell's soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs were "no big deal," the canning industry begged to disagree — and they were hardly alone.

Breaking up with Facebook? It's harder than it looks

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:04pm

Facebook's latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network.