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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.

Nike posts loss due to tax expense, but beats expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:36pm

Nike reported a loss in its third quarter due to a $2 billion tax expense related to recent changes in the U.S. tax law. But its results beat expectations and its shares jumped in after-hours trading.

The Latest: Facebook's Sandberg cites 'huge breach of trust'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:28pm

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

Suit settled in death of Anton Yelchin, actor crushed by SUV

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:24pm

The parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV that crushed and killed the "Star Trek" actor in his driveway in 2016.

Ad business at stake, Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:19pm

Engulfed in a scandal over its users' privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem.

Stocks dive on trade war fears after China sanctions

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:16pm

Stocks plunged Thursday after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on goods and investment from China. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 700 points as investors feared that trade tensions between the world's largest economies would escalate.

Toys R Us founder dies days after chain's announced shutdown

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:12pm

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.

Environmentalists seek to block New Mexico border wall work

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:00pm

A coalition of environment groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop work to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico.

The Latest: US to sell $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:54pm

The Latest on the United States and Saudi Arabia (all times local):

Alabama 3rd state to allow execution by nitrogen gas

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:40pm

Alabama will become the third state to authorize the untested use of nitrogen gas to execute prisoners, under legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Kay Ivey.

Brazil's top court weighs letting Lula remain free on appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:38pm

Justices on Brazil's top court are debating whether former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can remain free while he appeals a corruption conviction.

Caterpillar and Bank of America sink; Guess surges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:32pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

Trump administration approves $1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including more than 6,500 missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:32pm

Trump administration approves $1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including more than 6,500 missiles.

Duke Energy utility CEO got big boosts to severance, pay

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:21pm

Duke Energy Corp.'s board showed last year it really wants to keep CEO Lynn Good on the job, boosting the severance package she could get if forced out the door and raising her reported compensation to $21.4 million, according to a company report released Thursday.

Mexican presidential front-runner would review oil contracts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:20pm

Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would review dozens of concessionary contracts signed under the country's energy sector reform if elected to office.

Markets Right Now: Trade worries send stock market plunging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:16pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:14pm

Citigroup put new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, the company said Thursday, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

Dow Jones industrials drop 723 points, or 2.9 percent, as worries over trade tensions with China rattle markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:05pm

Dow Jones industrials drop 723 points, or 2.9 percent, as worries over trade tensions with China rattle markets.

Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:03pm

Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.