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Snowboarders White, Kim boost NBC to weekly ratings win

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:46pm

The aerial wizardry of snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim lifted the Winter Olympics and NBC to a weekly ratings victory.

Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:46pm

Mexican environmental inspectors say they've found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

Ken Thomas and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:44pm

The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted.

White nationalist sues Twitter for banning his account

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:31pm

A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his account as the social network cracks down on content it deems abusive.

Gov. Herbert questions $2M coal lawsuit against California

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:30pm

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's not convinced the state should spend taxpayer funds to sue California over its extra tax on coal and called the $2 million cost estimate from private attorneys "exorbitant."

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:19pm

A federal advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a new vaccine against hepatitis B.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:16pm

Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Denise Lavoie and Heidi Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:06pm

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday.

US panel says it's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:00pm

A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again.

Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

Greece's powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process.

Trump says more must be done to protect children

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:24pm

President Donald Trump was to hear in person Wednesday from students at the Florida high school that was struck by last week's shooting as he tries to show he is serious about tackling gun violence.

Jobs, training, free tickets: Casino woos minority community

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:40am

In a city where black residents have long felt excluded from the riches that Atlantic City's casinos generate, a new casino is making a massive effort to engage with the largely minority community in which it will operate.

Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:12am

New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40am

Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:31am

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney sought Wednesday to quantify the short-term hit of Brexit to British households, but expressed hope that living standards will finally start to improve this year following a period of rising inflation.

Utah House votes to repeal sales tax on food

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:21am

The Utah House has voted to repeal the statewide sales tax on food and raise the rate slightly on other purchases.

Plumber gets probation in trench collapse that killed worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:08am

A Pennsylvania plumber who pleaded guilty to violating federal workplace regulations before a trench collapse that killed a man has been placed on probation for two years.

Mexican network fires producer after actress' allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:04am

Mexico's largest television network said Wednesday it has severed ties with independent producer Gustavo Loza after actress Karla Souza said she was raped early in her career by a producer she did not name.

Markets Right Now: Tech, banks, retailers lead stock gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:54am

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President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:44am

The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.