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Senate panels advance Trump's picks for labor, agriculture

Laurie Kellman and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

The Senate on Thursday advanced President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the labor and agriculture departments and moved the new administration closer to filling the final pair of empty seats in his Cabinet.

Ex-Brazil lawmaker who led impeachment guilty of corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

A judge has sentenced the former congressman who led impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to 15 years in a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

Two months into Donald Trump's presidency, a new survey shows Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance but are more upbeat about his handling of the economy.

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers postpone vote on Medicaid veto

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:10am

The Latest on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoing an expansion of the state's Medicaid program (all times local):

Kentucky's 2nd mining death matches total from 2016

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

A miner killed by falling rock at a Kentucky coal mine early Thursday is the state's second mining fatality this year, matching the total from all of 2016, authorities said.

Leftist gains edge ahead of tense Ecuador presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

Ecuador until recently looked like the next domino to fall in a right-wing resurgence in Latin America. Trapped in recession and disgusted by corruption scandals, voters seemed poised to kick out the leftists who have ruled for a decade and hand power to conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.

Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:50am

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session.

AP Explains: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:45am

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.

2 US men accused of illegally trafficking valuable baby eels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:40am

Federal investigators say two Maine men were indicted on charges related to illegally trafficking in baby eels.

Ford hires 300 for Canadian connected car research

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Ford Motor Co. is hiring more than 300 engineers for a new connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, Ontario, the automaker said Thursday.

Crews to investigate head-on crash that killed 13 in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Federal officials on Thursday began an investigation into a head-on collision between a pickup truck and small church bus in southwest Texas that crumpled the front of the bus and killed 13 senior adults returning from a church retreat.

Tuskegee trying to become Air Force trainer manufacture site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:30am

The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.

US economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:24am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

Pelosi backs Trump administration on debt ceiling increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she supports the Trump administration's request to increase the government's borrowing limit.

The Latest: Speaker shares Trump criticism of Freedom Caucus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:16am

The Latest on efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local):

Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:04am

A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:46am

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

Funds in the first quarter: Foreign markets were first

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:44am

Anyone with an American-only 401(k) account missed out in the first quarter.

Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:32am

Kansas' conservative governor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, setting up a likely showdown with the Legislature.