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Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines fixes

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:20pm

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:16pm

The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

The Latest: EU hails Kosovo vote as 'real achievement'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

The Latest on the contentious border vote in the parliament of Kosovo (all times local):

US Senate appointee in Mississippi pledges to support Trump

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

Mississippi's Republican agriculture commissioner, who served on a farm advisory committee for President Donald Trump, was appointed Wednesday to succeed a veteran U.S. senator who is resigning because of poor health.

Markets Right Now: After a day of wobbling, indexes end down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

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

The Latest: Powell's press briefing shorter than Yellen's

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:04pm

The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose benefit cuts

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:02pm

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from the Republican-led legislature.

Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:48pm

The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, assume responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say Facebook is 0-for-4.

Stocks meander but stay higher after Fed raises rates

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:42pm

U.S. stocks are higher Wednesday afternoon, but it's been a bumpy ride. Stocks initially rallied after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a move investors had expected, but later they shed that gain and went back to roughly where they started.

Washington state's electric vehicle sales tax break to end

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative session.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:41pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits mistakes, outlines steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal.

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.

Judge lifts restraining order against pipeline protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia.

North Dakota congressional candidate picks up delegates' tab

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:30pm

North Dakota congressional candidate Tom Campbell, a wealthy potato farmer, is paying registration fees for some delegates to attend the state party's convention next month.

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:29pm

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

Background check measure on guns included in spending bill

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:28pm

A measure strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchases will be included in the $1.3 trillion government spending bill being negotiated by congressional leaders, aides said Wednesday.

The Latest: White House backs spending bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:16pm

The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

Which countries will dodge tariff ax? Answer by end of April

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:10pm

The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

Kosovo lawmakers pass delayed border deal despite tear gas

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

Lawmakers in Kosovo approved a contentious and long-pending border demarcation deal with Montenegro Wednesday despite the opposition's use of tear gas to prevent a vote.

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:59pm

African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.