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Peter Peterson, billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 91

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:00pm

Peter G. Peterson, a billionaire and business executive who became one of the most prominent voices to argue for entitlement reform and reducing the U.S. national debt, died of natural causes early Tuesday, his family said. He was 91.


Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:56pm

Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.

Inmate accused of getting bogus tax refunds from behind bars

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:53pm

A man recently released from federal prison has been rearrested in Louisiana on charges he fraudulently obtained more than $171,000 in tax refunds, mostly while he was incarcerated.

European countries criticize US protectionism at G-20 summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:46pm

Spain's economy minister says several European countries attending a G-20 ministerial summit are criticizing protectionist measures by the United States.

Mandated study of Dakota Access line to miss completion goal

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:46pm

More time is needed to finish additional court-ordered environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline due to difficulties in getting needed information from American Indian tribes fighting the project in court, according to federal officials.

APNewsBreak: Montana says miner violated "bad actor" law

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:40pm

An Idaho company could be forced to pay the state of Montana more than $30 million in cleanup costs at three polluted mine sites before it can pursue two new projects proposed beneath a wilderness area, environmental regulators said Tuesday.

Italian fashion chamber working toward sustainability goals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:38pm

The head of the Italian Fashion Chamber says the body is working toward creating clear criteria of what it means for the fashion industry to be environmentally sustainable.

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:28pm

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny.

Turkey: Ship to drill soon for gas in sea near Cyprus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:17pm

Turkey's president says the country's new drillship will "very soon" begin exploratory drilling in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in response to an offshore gas search by the government of ethnically divided Cyprus.

Trump praises Saudi crown prince over economic ties, sales

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:16pm

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened a marathon tour of the United States on Tuesday by soaking in praise from President Donald Trump, who championed close economic ties and increased military sales to the Saudis as he hosted the young heir to the throne in the Oval Office.

Peter G. Peterson's family says the billionaire and philanthropist who raised awareness about U.S. debt has died at 91

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:16pm

Peter G. Peterson's family says the billionaire and philanthropist who raised awareness about U.S. debt has died at 91.

Russia grounds planes similar to the one that crashed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:08pm

A Russian aviation agency has ordered the operator of a plane that crashed near Moscow last month to ground four other such aircraft in its fleet.

Foxconn selects general contractor, engineering consultants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:52am

Foxconn Technology Group has selected some key companies to begin building its massive flat screen manufacturing complex in Racine County, the Taiwanese company announced Tuesday.

Federal official calls air bag replacement rates 'uneven'

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:50am

Federal officials say they're exploring new ways to reach out to car owners to get more people to participate in the Takata air bag recall.

Indexes are mixed but Facebook keeps sinking; Oracle tumbles

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:46am

U.S. stocks are mixed Tuesday as energy companies climb with oil prices and banks move up along with interest rates. Facebook is dropping again following reports the Federal Trade Commission will investigate its handling of user data and Oracle is plunging after releasing disappointing results and forecasts. Other sectors including retailers and industrials are bouncing back from their losses a day earlier.

Germany reassures Ireland over Brexit border impasse

Geir Moulson and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:45am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday reassured Ireland that it can rely on Germany in Brexit talks as the European Union and Britain struggle to find a way to maintain an open Irish border after the U.K. leaves.

Egyptian court rules Uber, Careem illegal; appeal expected

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:44am

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered authorities to revoke the operating licenses of the Uber and Careem ride-hailing services and block their mobile apps and software.

Canada proposes tightening controls on gun sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:43am

Gun retailers in Canada would be required to keep records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years under government legislation introduced Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.

Orbitz says legacy travel site likely hacked, affecting 880K

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:40am

Orbitz says one of its older websites may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people who made purchases online between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.

Appeals court hears police racial discrimination case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:38am

The Maryland attorney general's office has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss claims made against the state in a racial discrimination case brought by the former police chief and two other black officers from a small city on Maryland's eastern shore.