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Texas company settles Oklahoma pollution lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:31pm

A Texas-based oil field service company has settled a lawsuit with more than 100 southern Oklahoma residents who allege their homes and businesses were damaged by groundwater contamination caused by the company.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:14pm

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.


House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:06pm

The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:58pm

CNN chief Jeff Zucker sharply attacked the network's rivals at Fox News Channel on Thursday, saying that it has become a propaganda machine that is "doing an incredible disservice to the country."

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:56pm

Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing after the Trump administration moved to place tariffs on some goods imported from China and restrict Chinese investment. The Chinese government said it will defend itself and investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the world's largest economies. Industrial and technology companies took some of the worst losses while banks dipped along with interest rates. Stock indexes in Europe also took sharp losses.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:52pm

He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joins a long list of recent Peruvian presidents undone by scandals that have destroyed voters' trust in their elected officials.

Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:48pm

Congressional leaders are rejecting President Donald Trump's effort to kill or sharply cut funding of programs to protect and restore some of the nation's prized waters, such as the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:38pm

The budget bill before Congress includes an update to federal law that makes clear that authorities with a warrant can obtain emails and other data held by American technology companies but stored on servers overseas.

Mexican presidential front-runner would review oil contracts

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

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

Trump to 'pause' looming metal tariffs for some countries

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:24pm

The European Union, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea are among the nations that will get an initial exemption from looming steel and aluminum tariffs from the Trump administration, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday.

New York, New Jersey airport workers to see wage hike to $19

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:16pm

Workers at New York-area airports will see their wages nearly double over the next five years.

Couple indicted in Syrian bomb-making scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:11pm

A husband and wife who ran an export business out of their Massachusetts home were indicted Wednesday on charges that they did business with a Syrian company that developed bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said.

The Latest: Judge may bar president from leaving Peru

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:10pm

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Protests and strikes across France disrupt travel, schools

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:09pm

Trains, planes, schools and other public services across France were seriously disrupted Thursday as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies.

The Latest: Trump move on tariffs sparks trade debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:02pm

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Gulf Coast meteorologist will lead US hurricane center

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:01pm

A meteorologist who aided emergency response efforts along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has been tapped to lead the U.S. government's hurricane forecasting hub in Miami.

The Latest: Facebook co-authored study with Kogan in 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:00pm

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

Duke Energy utility CEO got big boosts to severance, pay

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:57am

Duke Energy Corp.'s board is striving to keep CEO Lynn Good on the job, promising a bigger severance package if she's forced out the door in addition to raising her pay by 55 percent.

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:56am

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.

Greek minister heads to Macedonia to discuss name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:54am

Greece's foreign minister arrived in Macedonia on Thursday for talks on resolving a decades-long dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.