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US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

Bao Bao

BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program. Bao Bao was born at the National Zoo in Washington to panda parents on loan from China. Under an agreement between China and the U.S., such panda cubs must be returned to China before they are ... Read More »

Oregon joins suit against President Trump’s travel ban

Ellen Rosenblum

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon asked a federal court late Wednesday to join a lawsuit filed by Washington state against an immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in the motion that Oregon also needs protection from the ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, which she said would harm Oregon’s businesses, residents, universities, ... Read More »

Japanese Nissan executive tapped to replace Ghosn as CEO

Carlos Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Carlos Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is handing over the helm at Nissan to Hiroto Saikawa, a veteran Japanese executive at Nissan, but Ghosn is staying on as chairman. Saikawa will become chief executive at Nissan Motor Co., based in Yokohama, effective April 1, and up for shareholders’ approval in June, the company said Thursday. The ... Read More »

Transgender wrestler’s state bid spotlights Texas policy

EULESS, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old transgender wrestler who qualified for the girls state tournament while transitioning from female to male has become a high-profile test of a year-old Texas policy now being criticized by the attorney who tried to keep the athlete from competing. Mack Beggs, a junior at Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, won ... Read More »

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents. In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size “Know Your Rights” guides in Spanish and English that explain what to ... Read More »

7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around ... Read More »

Former tech CEO faces sentencing after self-exile in Africa

NEW YORK (AP) — A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges for a decade by fleeing to Africa is facing sentencing in New York City. Jacob “Kobi” Alexander is due in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday. Alexander came under investigation as the successful head of a telecommunications software firm called Comverse. He was in Israel and negotiating ... Read More »

Hawks acquire Ersan Ilyasova from 76ers for Tiago Splitter

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks added scoring help for their playoff push by acquiring forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The 76ers got injured center Tiago Splitter and a protected second-round draft pick from Atlanta, and have the right to swap another 2017 second-round pick with the Hawks. The 6-foot-10 Ilyasova is expected to add ... Read More »

AP Top Business News at 6:56 a.m. EST

Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe Tesla swings to loss in 4Q, says Model 3 on target Fed officials discussed possible rate hike ‘fairly soon’ Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in ... Read More »

AP Top Entertainment News at 6:50 a.m. EST

David Bowie honors, George Michael tribute top Brit Awards Conservative activist James O’Keefe to release CNN tapes Barnes tackles urban experience with ‘Person of the Crowd’ Hearing in Roman Polanski’s long-running case delayed The Latest: Judge blocks law on posting actors’ ages Judge blocks California law on posting actors’ ages Woman wearing anti-Trump sign barred from Lincoln Center Read More »