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Gucci sorry for warning to Hong Kong funeral offering shops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 2:00am

Gucci and its parent company have apologized after drawing heavy criticism for warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased that resembled the fashion brand's luxury products.

Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:11am

Services ground to a halt in Greece Friday as workers walked off the job at the start of a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures they say will further reduce incomes, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government.

Tampa Times' buying of Tribune latest in grim news landscape

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:51am

If a metro area with 2.7 million people can't sustain two newspapers — especially with an aging population with the time and inclination to read a printed paper — can anywhere?

Behind closed doors, North Korea opens ruling party congress

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:20am

North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country's stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North's recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches.

Sweeping FDA regulations take aim at e-cigarettes

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:13pm

Tad Jensen has had better mornings. In front of him is the 499-page document he just printed — a copy of the Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited rules that bring e-cigarettes under federal oversight for the first time.

Australia welcomes investment in Singapore military training

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:32pm

Singapore will spend up to 2.25 billion Australian dollars ($1.67 billion) to double the capacity of its military training facilities in northern Australia under a new bilateral deal, Australia's prime minister said Friday.

House rejects tax break for Grand Canyon University

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:40pm

The Arizona House has rejected a bill granting a big property tax break for a growing private Christian university in west Phoenix.

Children's health insurance passes House, heads to Senate

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:30pm

The Arizona House on Thursday passed a bill restoring a program providing health insurance to low-income children after backers succeeded in using a complicated legislative maneuver as a last-gasp measure.

The Latest: Children's health insurance passes House

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:51pm

The Latest on the legislative effort to restore KidsCare (all times local):

Obama administration proposed rules aimed at tax evasion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:20pm

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclosure more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers.

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:30pm

Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked.

2 Southern California doctors guilty in hospice fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:20pm

Two Southern California doctors have been convicted of Medicare fraud for falsely certifying patients were terminally ill — making them eligible for taxpayer-funded hospice care.

A look and what passed and failed in the '16 session

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:11pm

Alabama lawmakers ended the 2016 legislative session on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of what passed and failed in Montgomery this year.

Things to know about California's new tobacco, vaping laws

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:00pm

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed five laws that increase California's minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and restrict tobacco use in various other ways.

The Latest: Juneau using cruise ship fees for legal costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:51pm

The Latest on a lawsuit involving a Juneau whale sculpture (all times local):

Never-completed TVA nuclear plant that cost $4B for sale

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:32pm

The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that has cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:30pm

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

Illinois Senate approves $454 million more for colleges

Ivan Moreno and Ashley Lisenby, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:20pm

The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to spend an additional $454 million on struggling colleges and universities, another stopgap measure as lawmakers continue an epic standoff over a full budget.

Former deep-sea treasure hunter to have competency evaluated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:01pm

A federal judge in Ohio has ordered a competency evaluation of a former deep-sea treasure hunter who's jailed for refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.