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Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:14pm

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over.

The Latest: Data-mining firm got $6M from Trump campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:14pm

The Latest on Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data (all times local):

Markets Right Now: Tech stock sink; Facebook takes a beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:12pm

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

The Latest: Critics call bid to end gun investment political

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:08pm

The Latest on calls for California's public pension fund to stop investing in assault-weapon retailers (all times local):

Norwegian aluminum maker apologizes for pollution in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:06pm

A Norwegian aluminum maker operating in Brazil is apologizing for polluting a river and promising to make changes so that it doesn't happen again.

Cyprus Co-Operative Bank up for sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:00pm

The Cyprus Cooperative Bank says it's looking for investors to buy up the lender either in whole or in part.

Back-door ban: States fight Trump drill plan with local bans

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:59pm

Some coastal states opposed to President Donald Trump's plan to allow oil and gas drilling off most of the nation's coastline are fighting back with proposed state laws designed to thwart the proposal.

Florida governor signs major bill to combat opioid epidemic

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:58pm

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed Florida's opioid legislation into law, a move seen by many as a good first step in combating a crisis that has claimed at least 16 lives a day in the Sunshine State.

Court filing claims Education Dept illegally got SSN data

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:56pm

A group of former students defrauded by for-profit colleges is claiming in court that the Education Department illegally obtained and used their Social Security data to limit their student loan relief.

G-20 meeting in Argentina eclipsed by potential trade war

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:55pm

Finance ministers and central bankers from the 20 leading industrial and developing countries are meeting in Argentina at a summit that has been eclipsed by growing concerns over the potential of a global trade war following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Abortion impasse could shut down effort to reduce premiums

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:42pm

The polarizing politics of abortion have burst into the congressional budget debate, overwhelming bipartisan efforts to help millions of consumers who buy their own health insurance policies get relief from soaring premiums.

The Latest: German, Polish leaders back UK after poisoning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:36pm

The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):

The Latest: Woman hit by Uber self-driving vehicle named

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:36pm

The Latest on the pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle in Tempe (all times local):

Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:26pm

A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in a Phoenix suburb in the first fatality involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the U.S. and Canada.

Cuba opens wholesale market to sell basic staples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:21pm

Cuba has opened up its first wholesale market in an economy dominated by government-run enterprises.

Facebook and other tech stocks plunge as US indexes skid

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:10pm

A sharp loss for Facebook is dragging technology companies lower Monday as U.S. stock indexes skid. The social media company is facing new criticism related to privacy issues following reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained and then kept data on tens of millions of users. The stock is on pace for its biggest loss in four years.

Florida campus opens days after 6 die in bridge collapse

Adriana Gomez Licon and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:10pm

Students returning from spring break to Florida International University held a moment of silence Monday to honor the six people killed in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was supposed to be a campus showcase.

Maduro's cryptocurrency 'genius' once pushed US sanctions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:02pm

A chief strategist of Venezuela's government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he's now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.

Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:51pm

The Trump administration on Monday banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. In a separate move, the administration also slapped sanctions on four current and former senior Venezuelan officials accused of corruption and mismanagement.