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Why Trump's latest steps heighten risk of a global trade war

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:51pm

President Ronald Reagan once likened trade wars to the pie fights in old Hollywood comedies. One pie in the face leads to another. And then another.

Can Facebook restore public trust after privacy scandal?

Sharon Cohen and Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:48pm

It's a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success — public trust.

7 months after Harvey, flood-control projects' fate unclear

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:45pm

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston's flooding woes went to the top of the area's to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation's fourth-largest city.

UK watchdog evaluates evidence from Cambridge Analytica

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:11pm

Britain's information regulator said Saturday it was assessing evidence gathered from a raid on the office of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, part of an investigation into alleged misuse of personal information by political campaigns and social media companies like Facebook.

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:03pm

With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another term at the helm?

Some fear steel tariff could hurt auto industry in the South

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:59am

German business leaders are expressing concerns that President Donald Trump's 25 percent tariff on imported steel could affect the auto industry in the South.

Worker dies in furnace equipment supplier explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:27am

An explosion at a Massachusetts manufacturing facility has killed one worker and injured another.

Fate of utility consumers under federal tax overhaul uneven

John Seewer and Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:25am

Utility companies around the nation are reacting in varied ways to states' demands that they return federal tax cut proceeds to their customers. Some companies are readily complying, while others are balking.

Idaho unemployment at 3 percent for 6th month in a row.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:18am

Idaho's unemployment rate in February for the sixth consecutive month remained at 3 percent.

Why Trump's latest steps heighten risk of a global trade war

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:17am

Suddenly, the world's financial markets are gripped by fear that an escalating trade rift between the United States and China — the two mightiest economies — could inflict far-reaching pain.

China tells US it will defend interests after Trump tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 5:51am

China's newly appointed economic czar told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday that Beijing is ready to defend its interests after President Donald Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese imports.

106 passengers stranded in Germany due to drunken co-pilot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 5:45am

A Portuguese airline has apologized for keeping more than 100 passengers stranded at Stuttgart airport in southwestern Germany after one of its flights was canceled last-minute because of a drunken co-pilot.

Stocks tumble on trade fears; S&P has worst week in 2 years

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:13am

Stocks around the world plunged Friday as investors feared that a trade conflict between the U.S. and China, the biggest economies in the world, would escalate. A second day of big losses pushed U.S. stocks to their worst week in two years.

Indian court jails powerful politician for embezzling funds

Indrajit Singh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:07am

A powerful Indian politician was sentenced Saturday to 14 years in prison for embezzling 37 million rupees ($570,000) from a state government's treasury while he was the state's top elected official.

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:21pm

The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.

Trump's impulses put White House credibility on the line

Julie Pace and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:05pm

What's the White House's word worth?

Benefits of lobbying evident for small drugmaker

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:43pm

Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Argentina pays homage to Brit who recovered Falklands dead

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:35pm

They looked eye-to-eye and shed tears together: On one side the families of Argentine soldiers killed in the 1982 war with Britain, across the table the former British army officer who helped recover and rebury their loved ones.

Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:57pm

Oregon's attorney general says she is reviewing whether to launch an investigation of Facebook, including whether it violated a state law that protects online customers' private information.

Puerto Rico rejects pension cuts sought by federal board

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:24pm

Puerto Rico government officials said Friday they will not bow to demands from a federal control board overseeing the island's finances that they implement cuts to a struggling public pension system as part of an upcoming fiscal plan to help pull the U.S. territory out of an economic crisis.