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Trump tariffs set off industry scramble for exemptions

Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:24pm

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held up a can of Campbell's soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs were "no big deal," the canning industry begged to disagree — and they were hardly alone.

Montana: miner violates "bad actor" law with past pollution

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:54pm

Montana officials singled out a mining company president as an industry "bad actor" on Tuesday, and said the company could have to reimburse taxpayers more than $35 million for past pollution cleanups if it wants to pursue two new mines in the state.

Fur is dead: Animal welfare groups cheer San Francisco ban

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:39pm

San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur, further burnishing the city's animal-loving credentials as it becomes the largest U.S. city to approve the prohibition.

Border wall, tunnel tussle hold up sweeping spending bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:24pm

Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill dragged Tuesday as congressional negotiators found themselves tangled in side issues ahead of a Friday deadline.

Weinstein Co.'s bankruptcy could bring new wave of accusers

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:04pm

Is #MeToo part two on the way?

NY judge rejects Carter Page's defamation lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:56pm

A New York judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by a former adviser to President Donald Trump against a media company.

Judge grants initial motions in Weinstein Co. bankruptcy

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:32pm

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday issued initial orders allowing the Weinstein Co. to continue paying its bills and working toward a sale of substantially all of its assets.

The Latest: Spending talks drag as deadline approaches

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:04pm

The Latest on the massive spending bill Congress must passed this week to avert another government shutdown (all times local):

Montana pipeline protester avoids jail, must pay restitution

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:55pm

An Oregon climate change activist, who was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil pipeline as part of a multi-state protest, avoided jail time and was ordered to pay $3,775 in restitution by a Montana judge on Tuesday.

FBI says suspicious package at FedEx shipping center near Austin airport "contained explosive device"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:50pm

FBI says suspicious package at FedEx shipping center near Austin airport "contained explosive device"

The Latest: US examines self-driving SUV in deadly crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:50pm

The Latest on the investigation into the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle (all times local):

Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:44pm

As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce.

Herbert OKs bill allowing restaurants to take down signs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:41pm

Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing restaurants to take down state-mandated signs near their doors stating that they're a restaurant, "not a bar."

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:39pm

The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.

Second lawsuit filed in Miami bridge collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:34pm

A second lawsuit has been filed in the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami.

Can self-driving cars withstand first fatality?

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:32pm

The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations, but advocates for a hands-off approach say big changes aren't needed.

The Latest: 2nd lawsuit filed in deadly bridge collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:32pm

The Latest on the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at a Florida university (all times local):

Wynn Resorts wants yearslong case nearing trial moved

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:27pm

Wynn Resorts wants a yearslong civil case set to go trial next month to be moved out of Las Vegas because of the media's coverage of its founder's resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations.

FedEx beats profit forecasts, raises 12-month outlook

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:14pm

Benefits from the recent tax law drove quarterly profit sharply higher at FedEx, which also got a boost from strong performance in its ground-shipping business during the peak holiday gift-shipping season.

APNewsBreak: Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule

Jason Dearen and Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:12pm

Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.