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New Mexico sues Texas oil company for lease payments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:31pm

The New Mexico State Land Office is suing a Texas-based oil company for years of overdue fees and recent environmental cleanup costs at a waste-water injection well used by various oil producers.

FAA begins early inspection of Allegiant Air operations

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:20pm

Federal safety officials are reviewing operations at Allegiant Air two years ahead of schedule, spurred by incidents including an aborted takeoff and a plane that landed low on fuel.

Obama: US can meet goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:12pm

President Barack Obama says the U.S. can meet his goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year.

Advocates fear chaos after Rauner home health care ruling

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:11pm

Gaileen Roberts' daughter Jody has cerebral palsy, is quadriplegic and developmentally delayed. But she can live at home because her mother earns a taxpayer-subsidized $13 an hour as her caregiver.

High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 6:04pm

The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California, acknowledging the political reality that federal and private financing has fallen far short of what backers had hoped.

The Latest: High-speed rail board approves revised plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:41pm

The Latest on a California board meeting to discuss the revised high-speed rail plan (all times local):

EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:41pm

The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday.

GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:21pm

Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found.

K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:50pm

Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, has died at age 87.

Former defense secretaries push for trade pact

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:50pm

Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security.

Arizona Republicans want funding for Koch-backed schools

Ryan Van Velzer and Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:21pm

Arizona's Republican leaders have proposed earmarking millions of dollars for programs at the state's public universities that are backed by billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch.

Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:11pm

Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.

Marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman arrested again, for pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:00pm

A marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and cannabis temple.

Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old.

Lawsuit says college disciplined professor over LGBT dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:51pm

A Christian college in Massachusetts is being sued over allegations that it disciplined a professor for opposing the school's stance on hiring gay workers.

APNewsBreak: South Dakota tribe sues feds over ER closure

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:50pm

A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.

Tracking the flow of guns used in crime is inexact science

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: "Don't lie for the other guy."

Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games gave up a yearlong extradition fight on Thursday and traveled to Iowa to face charges.

Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams.