Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions -- and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed. Royal Jordanian posted a five-line poem on its Twitter account, telling potential travelers: "Every week a new ban. Travel to the U.S. since you can." It promises: "No one can ruin our in-flight fun.

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent at 11,949 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.2 percent to 5,003. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,325. U.S.

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday of the conservative Freedom Caucus said "essential health benefits" are in play as party leaders and the White House explore ways to advance the bill.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else. Over the past quarter century, only one group of people has seen significant increases in income -- those at the very top.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack.

The Latest: Chinese citizen among injured in London attack

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 6:40 a.m. China says one of its citizens was among 40 people injured in the attack outside Britain's Parliament, and is urging Chinese nationals in the country to avoid crowded areas or traveling alone at night. The Chinese Embassy in London said Thursday it was in touch with the family of the Chinese citizen injured in Wednesday's attack.

South Korea to inject $2.6 bln into ailing shipyard Daewoo

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea announced Thursday a fresh capital injection for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., seeking to prevent the world's second-largest shipbuilder from defaulting on its debts. The injection of 2.9 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in additional loans will prevent Daewoo from going bankrupt when some of its debt matures next month, which could have had a damaging impact on the economy, the Financial Supervisory Commission said in a statement.

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday of the conservative Freedom Caucus said "essential health benefits" are in play as party leaders and the White House explore ways to advance the House legislation.

Trucker: 'Surreal' to be topic of Supreme Court nomination

DETROIT (AP) -- During Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearings, one case came up repeatedly: A truck driver was fired for leaving his trailer of meat on the side of an Illinois road after breaking down on a frigid night in 2009, fearing he'd freeze to death. The federal appeals court judge last year dissented from a ruling ordering a trucking company to rehire Alphonse Maddin.

North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ March 21 The News & Observer of Raleigh on "dark money" fundraising If you can't beat 'em, join 'em apparently is the new mantra for those of the Democratic political persuasion, who now are adopting tried-and-true methods of money-for-access fundraising by Republicans. It's not good and it frankly does not reflect well on Gov. Roy Cooper and his supporters.

Concerns about investigation stall picks for Ports board

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A widening investigation into potential Statehouse corruption prompted a screening panel to delay voting Wednesday on whether to advance Gov. Henry McMaster's picks for the South Carolina Ports Authority board. The Ports Authority oversight board wants to thoroughly review the two nominees' associations with veteran political and public relations consultant Richard Quinn, said its chairman, Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston.

Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington. Jay Clayton, a well-connected Wall Street lawyer who is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, is sure to face sharp questions from Democrats at his confirmation hearing Thursday over his years of work for Goldman and other financial giants.

The Latest: New Zealand leader condemns attack in London

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 1:35 a.m. New Zealand's prime minister is condemning the attack outside Britain's Parliament that resulted in five deaths, including the assailant. Prime Minister Bill English told reporters in Rotorua that he has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May to express support for her government and to offer his country's condolences to the victim's families.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack.

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning. Tim Clark told The Associated Press that he only learned of the new U.S. regulations the previous day, saying the carrier "had no prior knowledge whatsoever.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claim of fleeing doctors rings false

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Making the case for a Republican repeal and replacement of his predecessor's health care law, President Donald Trump reached for a dire-sounding argument that's unsupported by the data. "Many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare," Trump told his audience at a Monday night rally in Louisville, Kentucky. In fact, the number of doctors in the U.S.

AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch's hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers questioning Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation are asking about something called "Chevron deference." For the record, it is not about letting someone ahead of you in line at the gas station. But it is a legal concept Gorsuch has addressed as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006.

Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. Or send it off the rails. If he fails? "It will be very hard to manage this," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday's likely vote.