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Justice Dept. charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:07am

The Justice Department has charged nine Iranians in a government-sponsored hacking that pilfered sensitive information from hundreds of American universities, private companies and government agencies.

US new-home sales fell 0.6 percent in February

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:04am

Sales of new U.S. homes slipped 0.6 percent in February, the third straight monthly decline.

Correction: Budget Battle-Water Cleanups story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:03am

In a story March 23 about a budget bill in Congress, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the bill would give $73 million to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The money would go to the Chesapeake Bay's program, not the foundation.


China targets $3 billion of US goods in tariff spat

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:03am

China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.

The Latest: Macron says US tariff tactics 'not satisfactory'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49am

The Latest on the European Union's summit of leaders (all times local):

French President Macron says temporary EU exemption from US tariffs is "not considered satisfactory"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:43am

French President Macron says temporary EU exemption from US tariffs is "not considered satisfactory"

Markets Right Now: US stocks open higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:42am

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


Trump says he is 'considering' veto of $1.3 trillion budget

Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:33am

President Donald Trump threw the massive spending bill into doubt Friday, saying he was "considering" a veto of the $1.3 trillion plan over concerns about young "Dreamer" immigrants and border wall money.

Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:33am

President Donald Trump has gotten nowhere in his push to kill federal support for cleaning up some of the nation's most prized waterways, as Congress voted to keep funding at current levels — and in some cases, boost it.

NYC council proposal lets off-duty workers disconnect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:05am

A New York City Council proposal would protect private-sector employees who don't want to get work emails and phone calls after hours.

EU deplore US tactics in negotiating tariffs

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:59am

European Union leaders vented their frustration Friday that they only obtained a temporary exemption to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and argue the measure should never have applied to their countries in the first place.

US durable goods orders rise at fastest pace since June

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:43am

Led by a surge in demand for commercial aircraft, U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in February, reversing a drop in January, to rise at the fastest pace since June.

World markets roiled by fears of US-China trade war

Pan Pylas and Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:33am

Fears of a trade war are roiling financial markets Friday, with stocks under pressure around the world and the dollar in retreat.

Surging demand for aircraft lifts US durable goods orders 3.1 percent in February

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:32am

Surging demand for aircraft lifts US durable goods orders 3.1 percent in February.

GOP Idaho senator slows huge bill in fight over forest name

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:25am

The $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress approved early Friday was shaped by battles over major issues like immigration, health care and defense. But one of the last disputes involved a Republican Idaho senator's effort to prevent a wilderness area from being renamed for his state's deceased Democratic governor.

WTO doing 'detailed analysis' of Trump tariffs against China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:00am

The World Trade Organization says it's making a "detailed analysis" of President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports amid rising concerns of a trade war that sent stock markets reeling.

UK tourism's post-Brexit bounce appears to be wearing off

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:51am

The initial boon that the British travel and tourism sector got from the country's vote to leave the European Union appears to be wearing off.

Britain's EU partners agree terms for post-Brexit ties

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13am

The European Union agreed on guidelines Friday that will govern negotiations on future relations and trade with Britain after Brexit, almost exactly a year before the country leaves the bloc.

Pakistan celebrates National Day with military parade

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:07am

Pakistanis celebrated on Friday their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware. Troops, including female soldiers, marched past a stand with political and military leaders.

Africa's young professionals embracing 'gospel of bitcoin'

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:41am

In a sleek new high-rise in Uganda's capital, an enthusiastic lecturer described his financial success with the cryptocurrency bitcoin while his earnings were projected on a screen.