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March 15, 2017 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaling that any further hikes this year will be gradual. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans...
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People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
March 15, 2017 - 1:59 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Northeast was in dig-out mode Wednesday, a day after a treacherous storm packing strong winds and accompanying plummeting temperatures left some residents dealing with rock-hard ice and others with more than 2 feet of snow. The upshot: a late-season boost to the region's...
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March 15, 2017 - 12:38 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch citizen has been sentenced in Germany to 5 ½ years in prison for smuggling multiple kilograms (pounds) of cocaine inside his wheelchair from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. A state court in Duesseldorf on Wednesday convicted the 57-year-old of importing drugs and...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2008 biography of Jackson titled "American Lion,” said Trump has echoed Jackson's outsider message to rural America by pledging to be a voice for "forgotten men and women." But he says it's "not the cleanest analogy." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 15, 2017 - 12:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental rules, President Donald Trump is set to announce in Michigan plans to re-examine federal requirements that regulate the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks. Trump is expected to reveal his plans during an appearance Wednesday at...
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Mother Hema Adhikari, standing center watches as sister Namalee Makalandawa, seated, shows a wedding photograph of Premnath Ruwan Sampath stored in a laptop at their residence in Maharagama, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Sampath is one among the Sri Lankan crew members being held captive by suspected Somali pirates after armed men seized an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia Monday. Makalandawa said Sampath, was her only brother and that he had got married a year ago. He had joined the tanker two months ago. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
March 15, 2017 - 12:29 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Families of the eight Sri Lankan crew members held captive by Somali pirates on an oil tanker tearfully pleaded Wednesday for the men to be released unharmed, while the pirates demanded a ransom. The hijacking on Monday was the first such seizure of a large commercial...
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March 15, 2017 - 12:27 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The Austria Press Agency says that three mountain climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and authorities are trying to locate a man still missing. The report, citing police, says that the climbers had been part of an eight-person group when the avalanche hit at...
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In this May 2014 photo, Michael Karkoc works in his yard in Minneapolis. Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of Karkoc, exposed by The Associated Press as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday, March 13, 2017. (Richard Sennott/Star Tribune via AP)
March 15, 2017 - 12:22 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-...
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FILE - in this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, Fashion designer Rodolfo Paglialunga acknowledges the applause of the audience after presenting Jil Sander men's Fall - Winter 2015 - 2016 collection, in Milan, Italy. Paglialunga is leaving the Jil Sander label after a three-year collaboration. the change in creative direction announced Wednesday, March 15, 2017 is the latest fashion world shakeup. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
March 15, 2017 - 12:22 pm
MILAN (AP) — Rodolfo Paglialunga is leaving the Jil Sander label after three years as creative director. The change announced Wednesday is the latest fashion world shake-up. Paglialunga joined the label in 2014, after Jil Sander exited her eponymous brand for the third time. A reason for the latest...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2008 biography of Jackson titled "American Lion,” said Trump has echoed Jackson's outsider message to rural America by pledging to be a voice for "forgotten men and women." But he says it's "not the cleanest analogy." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 15, 2017 - 12:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental rules, President Donald Trump is set to announce in Michigan plans to re-examine federal requirements that regulate the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks. Trump is expected to reveal his plans during an appearance Wednesday at...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2008 biography of Jackson titled "American Lion,” said Trump has echoed Jackson's outsider message to rural America by pledging to be a voice for "forgotten men and women." But he says it's "not the cleanest analogy." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The lottery for tickets to next month's White House Easter Egg Roll opened Wednesday. But hurry, it closes in three days. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump previously announced that the 139-year-...
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