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Governors push bipartisan national health care compromise

Zeke Miller and Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:22pm

A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues took on the question of health care on Friday.

AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:20pm

Chester Trahan's grandchildren are working, so he's feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country's overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump.

The Latest: US companies split with NRA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:19pm

The Latest on the reaction by U.S. companies to the Florida school massacre (all times Eastern):

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

AP Economics Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:18pm

The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it had provided under Janet Yellen.

Farmer cuts off snowmobile trail after cow is shot nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:44am

A farmer who says his pregnant cow was shot and killed near a snowmobile trail on his property in Maine will no longer let the public ride on the trail.

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US tightens sanctions on North Korean shipping

Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. has now blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the North.

Group seeks investigation into Zinke's ties to gun company

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:39am

A political watchdog organization says U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to have violated a conflict of interest law by meeting with executives of a Montana firearms company in which he holds stock.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:38am

Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

General Mills gets pet-friendly again by buying Blue Buffalo

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:34am

The maker of Cheerios also wants to fill dog bowls.

US companies distance themselves from NRA as pressure mounts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:28am

U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre.

The Latest: BB&T reports services are returning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:20am

The Latest on the BB&T service outage (all times local):

The Latest: Wisconsin dairy says owner among 3 crash victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:07am

The Latest on the crash of a Wisconsin-bound small plane in Indiana (all times local):

US asks judge to approve seizure of 'Pharma Bro' assets

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:06am

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli appeared in court Friday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics, hearing the government argue that he's on the hook for more than $7 million for his securities fraud conviction.

The Latest: Prosecutors want Martin Shkreli to forfeit $7.3M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:02am

The Latest on Martin Shkreli's court appearance Friday (all times local):

US weighs Sheldon Adelson offer to fund Jerusalem embassy

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:00am

The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Singapore-flagged tanker attacked off Somalia but escapes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:22am

An international anti-piracy force says a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker has exchanged fire with attackers off the coast of Somalia before escaping unharmed.

Markets Right Now: Tech companies lead stock indexes higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:05am

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

College denies nixing coach's hiring due to Jewish heritage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:02am

An attorney for a private Baptist college in Louisiana and the school's president disputes a lawsuit's claims that they refused to hire an applicant for a football coaching job because of his Jewish heritage.

BB&T says 'equipment malfunction' led to service outage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:56am

Millions of BB&T customers were unable to access their accounts after a service outage which the bank blames on an equipment malfunction.

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors demand support

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:37am

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have demanded that the country's top judicial body defend their reputations, saying the independence of the justice system is at stake.