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  • Man admits to running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Georgia man admitted Thursday that he ran a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on false promises of green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and “carbon-negative” housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed. Troy Wragg pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia on Thursday to conspiracy and […]
  • How major US stock market indexes fared on Thursday

    U.S. stocks closed lower Thursday, erasing some of the gains from a day earlier, when the major indexes soared to their latest record highs. Banks and other financial companies fell the most. Materials and industrials companies also declined. Energy stocks fell along with the price of crude oil. Utilities and phone company stocks bucked the […]
  • Trump’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid advances

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid won committee approval Thursday, clearing her for a final floor vote in the Senate. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma was approved by the Finance Committee on a 13-12 party-line vote. Verma would head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency […]
  • This April 24, 2015, photo shows the exterior of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, owner Carl Icahn reached a deal to sell the casino, which shut down on Oct. 10, 2016, to Hard Rock International and two New Jersey investors. The sale price was not divulged. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    CEO: Hard Rock still wants casino near NYC after Taj Mahal

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company that bought Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino still wants to build a $1 billion casino in northern New Jersey just outside New York City. Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen told The Associated Press on Thursday that his company remains committed to its plan to build a […]
  • Senate roll call vote on Energy secretary

    The 62-37 roll call Thursday by which the Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be Energy secretary. A “yes” vote is a vote to confirm nomination. Voting yes were 10 Democrats, 51 Republicans and 1 independent. Voting no were 36 Democrats, 0 Republicans and 1 independent. Democrats Yes Carper, Del.; Cortez Masto, Nev.; Donnelly, Ind.; Heitkamp, […]
  • FILE - This Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo shows donuts for sale at a Dunkin' Donuts in Edmond, Okla. The parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins says it will remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S. by the end of 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Dunkin’ Donuts to remove artificial colors by end of 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins says it will remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S. by the end of 2018. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. says the exception will be on brand-name ingredients it sources to use as toppings, ice cream mixes and decorations for its sweets. […]
  • Sulfuric acid found leaking from tank outside nuclear plant

    BRIDGMAN, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid has leaked into a containment area outside a nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports that cleanup was ongoing Thursday at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, southwest of Grand Rapids. The agency says no acid was released into the environment […]
  • President Donald Trump speaks while aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport, Va. Trump traveled to Virginia to meet with sailors and shipbuilders on aircraft carrier which is scheduled to be commissioned this year after cost overruns and delays. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    AP FACT CHECK: US military not as threadbare as Trump says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump painted an overly bleak picture of the condition of the armed forces Thursday as he made his case for military expansion. A look at some of his statements from the Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion aircraft carrier being built in Newport News, Virginia: TRUMP: “We are going to […]
  • Nats-Orioles TV dispute has appellate court hearing March 14

    The long-running television dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals is headed to an appeals court. The Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court in Manhattan will hear arguments from each side for 15 minutes on March 14. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks in November 2015 threw out an arbitration decision […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2017, file photo, House Majority Leader Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, speaks in front of the House Appropriation Committee in Bismarck, N.D. Carlson proposed six state-owned casinos on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, a move that risks angering American Indian tribes at a time relations have already been rubbed raw by the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The only casinos in North Dakota are on the state's five American Indian reservations, and those are central to the tribes' economies. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

    North Dakota casino proposal risks angering tribes

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s top House Republican is proposing six state-owned casinos, a move that risks angering American Indian tribes at a time relations have already been rubbed raw by the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The only casinos in North Dakota are on the state’s five American Indian reservations, and […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton speaks in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they're discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press. Dayton said this week that he wants to wait and see how the federal government proceeds on health care. (AP Photo/Jim Mone File)

    APNewsBreak: GOP health plan could cost Minnesota billions

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they’re discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press. The planning document shows that the GOP proposal, a draft of which was […]
  • FILE - This Feb. 26, 2017 file photo shows Martha L. Ruiz, left, and Brian Cullinan from PricewaterhouseCoopers at the Oscars in Los Angeles.  Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the two accountants responsible for the best picture mistake will not work the Oscars again. Cullinan and Ruiz were responsible for the winners’ envelopes at Sunday’s Oscar show. Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone from backstage minutes before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture. Boone Isaacs said Cullinan’s distraction caused the error. 
 (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Oscar flub accountants get security protection guards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for the PwC auditing firm says the company has hired protection for the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at the Oscars. Carey Bodenheimer said Thursday that PwC is providing security to Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz. They are the accountants who were dismissed by the film academy […]
  • FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon’s cloud-computing service Amazon Web Services experienced problems in its eastern U.S. region, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, causing widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    Fat finger: Typo caused Amazon’s big cloud-computing outage

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday. In a summary posted online, the Seattle company says a command meant to remove a small number of servers for one of its S3 subsystems […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017, file photo, Iowa state Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, poses for a photo at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Chelgren said Thursday, March 2, 2017, that he didn't mean to mislead anyone by claiming he had a business degree from a company that actually had awarded him a certificate for participating in a training program when he worked at Sizzler. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    Iowa lawmaker says business degree was Sizzler certificate

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state lawmaker said Thursday that he didn’t mean to mislead anyone by claiming he had a business degree from a company that actually had awarded him a certificate for participating in a training program when he worked at Sizzler. Sen. Mark Chelgren’s biography on a website run by […]
  • Apple, IBM, Microsoft back transgender teen at Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple, IBM and Microsoft are among 53 companies urging the Supreme Court to rule that a transgender teenager has the right to use the boys’ bathroom at his Virginia high school. The businesses signed onto a brief filed Thursday in high school senior Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit against the Gloucester (GLAH’-stur) County school […]