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Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:50am

Japan's foreign minister announced a $7 billion initiative Monday to promote development in Southeast Asia's Mekong region, which encompasses parts of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand through which the river flows.

Iran's nuclear chief visits Prague to talk business

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:40am

The sanctions lifted, the head of Iran's nuclear program is coming to talk business with Czech leaders.

Reckitt Benckiser Korea apologizes for deadly sterilizers

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:40am

British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser apologized Monday for selling deadly disinfectants that killed or injured hundreds of people, five years after the government ordered the company to remove the products from shelves for health risks.

Young entrepreneurs gather for CEO trade show

Cara Ball, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 3:10am

Landscaping, interior design and locally produced and sold honey were just some of the businesses on display at the second Kokomo CEO trade show Wednesday.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:50am

The derailment of a CSX train in Washington, D.C. is forcing some commuters to find a different way to work.

Lawmakers approve 'step therapy' and welfare reform bill

Melissa Hellmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:41am

Kansas legislators have approved a bill aimed at changing welfare policies and reducing prescription costs within the state's Medicaid program.

The Latest: Kansas Senate debating budget-balancing plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:00am

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):

GOP advances budget fix it touts as protecting schools

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:30am

The Kansas House approved a budget-balancing plan early Monday morning after its Republican leaders touted it as a measure protecting public schools, even in giving GOP Gov. Sam Brownback broad discretion to cut spending across state government.

Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life

Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:21am

Half-ton pickup trucks crowd the curb outside the One Horse Saloon, a neon Coors Light sign in the window and rib-eye steaks on the menu, but otherwise Nickerson, Nebraska, is nearly silent on a spring evening, with only rumbling freight trains interrupting bird songs.

French leader says all new subs will be built in Australia

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:20pm

A new fleet of French-designed Australian submarines will be built in Australia on time and within budget, the French prime minister said on Monday.

The Latest: Police arrest protesters in Seattle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:10pm

The Latest on May Day marches across the U.S. (all times local):

Companies crucial to energy exploration abandon $34B merger

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 10:00pm

Two companies crucial to the business of U.S. energy exploration have abandoned their planned $34 billion merger, the Justice Department said Sunday.

Correction: Venezuela-Minimum Wage story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 8:11pm

In a story April 30 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that the black market value of the new wage is about $50. The black market value is about $13.50.

Plane in fatal crash belonged to Vegas stunt-flying company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 7:00pm

A single-engine plane that crashed and killed two people was owned by a Las Vegas-area tourism company that lets customers feel what it's like to be a fighter pilot.

Puerto Rico won't make $370 million in debt payments Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 6:31pm

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico's government will not make nearly $370 million in bond payments due Monday after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt crisis.

FrontRunner train offers first Sunday service for air show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 5:44pm

After eight years of taking a day off on Sunday, the FrontRunner train will help shuttle commuters to an air show at Hill Air Force Base on both weekend days next month.

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 4:40pm

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.

Arkansas budget bill boosts Human Services, school funding

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 4:01pm

Arkansas' public schools, child welfare system and Medicaid program are set to receive funding increases while additional money is being tucked away for unexpected needs under a proposed $5.3 billion state budget unveiled Sunday.

Proposal would require insurance coverage for Lyme Disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:31pm

Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for doctor-prescribed Lyme Disease treatments.