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Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill |Mar 25, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because...

Gunshots fired in burglary of store at Bellagio in Las Vegas |Mar 25, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas police say they are investigating a burglary at a high-end retail store inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.Police said in a statement Saturday that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people...

Markets Right Now: Stocks recover after health bill pulled |Mar 24, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks erased much of an afternoon loss and ended mixed after the Republican-backed health care reform bill was pulled because of a lack of support in Congress.The market...

The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards |Mar 24, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) The Latest on California's car-emission standards (all times local):2:18 p.m.California air regulators have voted to keep the state's tougher car-emissions standards through 2025 and further expand the market for...

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme |Mar 24, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal...

California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards |Mar 24, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025.The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022...

Owner of Silicon Valley staffing firm charged in visa fraud |Mar 24, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The owner of a company that supplied foreign workers to San Francisco Bay Area technology companies is facing visa fraud charges after filing fake documents to bring people to the United States, the U.S Attorney's Office...

The Latest: Snarled commute looms after NYC train collision |Mar 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on a collision between trains operated by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit at New York's Penn Station (all times local):2:45 p.m.The Long Island Rail Road says its riders should expect cancellations and delays during the...

Judge: Case alleging Ohio 'segregates' disabled can proceed |Mar 24, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A federal judge has rejected requests by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several state officials to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in...

Gov. Rauner vetoes overhaul of Chicago city pension system |Mar 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Friday that Chicago officials hoped would bolster the city's sagging pension systems.The Republican criticized the plan as too limited and argued the state should take tackle...

FBI seeks man in California restaurant incendiary incident |Mar 24, 2017

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) The FBI released surveillance video Friday of a man sought for questioning after someone threw a homemade incendiary device a crowded Southern California restaurant at dinnertime last month, though no one was injured in...

California unemployment rate dipped to 5 percent in February |Mar 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California's unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in February as the state's employers added 22,900 nonfarm payroll jobs.The state Employment Development Department said Friday that last month's rate was a drop from a...

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot |Mar 24, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for a new parking spot.NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet emerged early from the orbiting complex, then went their...

Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses |Mar 24, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses.If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-capable fetuses.The...

Judge rules against UPS in untaxed cigarette case |Mar 24, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge has ruled that delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc. ignored red flags that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations.U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest found...

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site |Mar 24, 2017

FRASER, Mich. (AP) Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit.Three houses had to be condemned in Fraser and a major road has been closed....

1.4M Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked |Mar 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor's office said Friday.The hacker may have...

Advocates seek better awareness of Safe Haven baby laws |Mar 24, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) After the discovery this week of an infant's body in a Connecticut reservoir, some lawmakers and advocates are questioning whether enough is being done to publicize a law that allows parents to drop off newborns at a...

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane |Mar 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116...

Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld |Mar 24, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River...

Mayo Clinic expansion set to receive $585M in public funds |Mar 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) Millions of dollars in state aid for the Mayo Clinic's expansion is expected to begin arriving in Rochester, Minnesota, this fall.The Legislature pledged about $585 million in tax money for the Destination Medical Center...

How major US stock market indexes fared on Friday |Mar 24, 2017

U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Investors didn't trade much as they waited for answers about the state of...

The Latest: FBI seeks man in restaurant incendiary incident |Mar 24, 2017

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the investigation into an incendiary device that was tossed into a crowded Southern California restaurant in February (all times local):12:10 p.m.Police in Southern California have released surveillance video...

Lockheed Martin moving F-16 production to South Carolina |Mar 23, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Lockheed Martin is moving production of F-16 fighter jets from Texas to South Carolina.News media outlets report the company is moving production of F-16s to Greenville, South Carolina, to make room for expanded production...

South Texas school board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break |Mar 23, 2017

PORTLAND, Texas (AP) A South Texas school board has approved an estimated $1.2 billion in tax breaks to entice Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Saudi partner to build a $9.3 billion petrochemical plant within its district along the Texas Gulf...

Strict methane-leak guidelines approved for California |Mar 23, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) California air regulators have adopted a new strategy for curbing methane leaks from oil and gas facilities.The California Air Resources Board said in a statement Thursday night that the new guidelines are the most...

Greta Garbo's former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million.The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2nFMaXm ) that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the...

2 dogs survive gas explosion that levels home; no one hurt |Mar 23, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) And they say cats have nine lives.A gas explosion that leveled a home in the Pittsburgh suburbs on Thursday spared two dogs that were inside at the time.Officials say the homeowner was at work and no one was injured.One of the...

Review: 'Life' is a mediocre science-fiction thriller |Mar 23, 2017

Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.In Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an international space station orbiting the Earth intercepts an automated capsule returning from Mars with samples: rocks, dust...

17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees.A Communications Workers of America union local official had...

FCC: Over 12,000 911 calls failed during AT&T outage |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn't reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8.A Federal Communications Commission official said...

Ex-guard shot in attack via inmate's cellphone to testify |Mar 23, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) An ex-South Carolina corrections officer who was nearly killed in a shooting orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone wants federal authorities to help ensure nothing like it happens again.Robert Johnson is...

Markets Right Now: US stocks turn higher in midday trade |Mar 23, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.U.S. stocks are turning higher as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable.Google's parent...

Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court |Mar 23, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court.An American Civil...

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump |Mar 23, 2017

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President...

Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally |Mar 23, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.A March 14 letter from Nissan executive Scott...

Philly's soda tax slightly exceeds $6.3M February projection |Mar 23, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages is slightly exceeding expectations.Figures released Thursday by the city's Department of Revenue show the tax brought in $6.4 million in February. The city had projected the tax...

US stocks little changed as health care debate continues |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks are treading water Thursday morning as investors wait for news about the fate of the Republican-backed health care bill, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda of cuts to taxes and...

German candymaker Haribo to build plant in Wisconsin |Mar 23, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) German candymaker Haribo, which is known for its brightly colored gummy bears and bow tie-wearing gold bear mascot, plans to build its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin not far from Chicago, Gov. Scott...

Sacramento King Ty Lawson denies violating DUI probation |Mar 23, 2017

DENVER (AP) Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson has denied that he violated his probation in a Colorado drunken driving case by drinking and failing to complete community service.Lawson and his attorney Harvey Steinberg made the assertion...

Hundreds rally in LA to protest GOP plan to scrap Obamacare |Mar 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Hundreds marched through downtown Los Angeles protesting President Donald Trump's plan to dismantle his predecessor's signature health care law.The demonstration Thursday came as congressional leaders postponed a vote on the...

ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) ABC News said three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning, sending out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.The tweets have since been deleted and ABC News said that it "resolved the issue...

Judge rules Dominion's coal ash pit polluted Virginia water |Mar 23, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal judge has found Virginia's largest utility violated the federal Clean Water Act because arsenic is flowing from a coal ash impoundment in Chesapeake, polluting ground and surface water.U.S. District Judge John...

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?' |Mar 23, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Shipping containers full of foreign coal ash are coming into the United States through the Port of Virginia.That irritates some lawmakers, since Virginia is among many states struggling to dispose of this industrial waste...

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores |Mar 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.A look at...

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet |Mar 23, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.A group of investors led by...

How major US stock market indexes fared on Thursday |Mar 23, 2017

After a promising start, U.S. stocks gave up an early rally Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump.On Thursday:The...

Cathedral City tightens short-term rental regulations |Mar 23, 2017

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) Prompted by complaints from residents, another Coachella Valley city has moved to tighten regulations on short-term vacation rentals.The Desert Sun newspaper (http://desert.sn/2nrJCvA) reports Cathedral City leaders...

Long-term mortgage rates slip |Mar 23, 2017

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week after hitting highs for the year a week earlier.Current avgLast week52-week high52-week low30-year fixed4.23 percent4.30 percent4.32 percent3.41 percent15-year fixed3.44 percent3.50 percent3.55...

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M |Mar 23, 2017

REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.A family that has owned the Village of Reduction in Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years has decided to divest itself of the 75-acre property. The $1.5 million asking price includes...