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Putin link cited as Swiss lead raids in defense deal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:44am

Swiss federal authorities have conducted house searches and seized documents following claims by state-controlled defense contractor Ruag of possible criminal wrongdoing. The investigators are reportedly looking into allegations of shady business practices and bribery linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage.


Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:43am

Two experts say a video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber shows the pedestrian should have been within range of the SUV's laser and radar sensors.

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Barbara Ortutay and Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:42am

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:42am

Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.


Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash

Paul Wiseman and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:42am

The Trump administration readied restrictions Thursday on Chinese investment and tariffs on nearly $50 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over.

Q&A: The debate over the 'right to try' experimental drugs

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:38am

The idea is a political crowd-pleaser with a catchy slogan: giving desperately ill patients the "right to try" experimental medicines.

Trump to 'pause' looming metal tariffs for some countries

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:35am

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.

Couple indicted in Syrian bomb-making scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:24am

Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say a husband and wife have been indicted on charges that they did business with a Syrian company that developed bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Latest: White House readies tariffs on China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:18am

The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local):

White House takes step to restrict Chinese investment and put tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports for stealing technology

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:16am

White House takes step to restrict Chinese investment and put tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports for stealing technology.

Turkey's key media group to be sold to pro-Erdogan business

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:10am

Turkey's largest media group said Thursday it is in talks with a business group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the sale of its outlets, a development that further curtails independent journalism in the country that has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn under his leadership.

Markets Right Now: China tariff worries sink US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:02am

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YouTube bans instructional firearm videos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:59am

YouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.

The Latest: Austria welcomes US exemption on tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:58am

The Latest on the European Union leaders summit in Brussels (all times local):

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

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:58am

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.

Trade war averted for now between US, Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:50am

The U.S. government said Thursday that the European Union will be among the trading partners that will be spared from an immediate decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the U.S.

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:46am

Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing as investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the U.S. and China. The Trump administration is expected to announce hefty trade sanctions on China later Thursday, while the government in Beijing said it will defend itself. Industrial and technology companies took some of the worst losses while banks dipped along with interest rates. Stock indexes in Europe took sharp losses as well.

Lanvin fashion designer Lapidus leaves after only 2 seasons

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:35am

After just two seasons as creative director of Lanvin, the storied Parisian house has announced the departure of its designer Olivier Lapidus.

Chase rarely lends to DC minorities _ and it's likely legal

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez Of Reveal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:32am

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Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:30am

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.