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Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 10:51pm

Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

Melissa Hellmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:51pm

A terse letter from Andrew Clyde's credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business "no longer met our underwriting guidelines." In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too.

UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

Joan Lowy and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:30pm

A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming.

Chesapeake stock tumbles, rises after investors spooked

Daniel C. Houston, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:21pm

Share prices for Chesapeake Energy stock were down more than 50 percent for a time Monday after a news report said the Oklahoma City-based company had brought on attorneys who help companies restructure their debt, but rebounded after the natural gas producer told investors that it was not planning to file for bankruptcy protection.

Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they're sick

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:06pm

Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures.

Pennsylvania sets new budget-day mark in historic gridlock

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:00am

Pennsylvania government will set a modern state record for gridlock when Gov. Tom Wolf sends lawmakers a new spending plan and warns them that they must fix the deficit and fully fund schools, or force schools to close and local taxes to increase.

Public comment opens on gold mining project near Yellowstone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:50pm

State officials are seeking public comment on a proposed gold mining project just north of the Yellowstone National Park border.

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:30pm

The University of Kansas could be forced to raise private funds to help pay off $327 million in bonds for construction projects under a measure a state Senate committee added Monday to budget legislation.

Residents displaced by gas leak get more time to return

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:50pm

Los Angeles residents displaced by a massive, 15-week natural gas leak will have more time to return to their homes once the well is plugged, under an agreement announced Monday between city officials and Southern California Gas Co.

Former CU professor sentenced for lab equipment scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:41pm

A former University of Colorado professor accused of creating a company to sell marked-up lab equipment to the Boulder campus has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

Budweiser didn't pay for Manning's post-Super Bowl shout out

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:00pm

No, Anheuser-Busch didn't pay Peyton Manning to say he'd be drinking a lot of Budweiser after winning the Super Bowl.

Kansas court funding protected; abortion, safety discussed

Melissa Hellmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:51pm

Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday to keep Kansas' courts open, while abortion rights advocates rallied at the Statehouse and Democratic legislators endorsed public safety proposals.

Apollo Education to go private in $1.1 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:11pm

Apollo Education is being taken private in a $1.1 billion deal by a consortium led by private investment firm The Vistria Group.

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:40pm

Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states over concerns with its financial condition will be allowed to resume that business.

Mexico names new heads of Pemex, health, social security

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:21pm

A U.S.-educated economist took up the reins of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in one of several Cabinet changes announced Monday by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Sales tax hike for teacher pay passes state House committee

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:01pm

The half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan passed its first legislative test Monday, but it now faces a competing push from the House Republican leader to increase salaries without raising taxes.

Citing huge patient load, NY nurses seek rules on staffing

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:41pm

When the emergency room fills up — whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune — Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity.

More budget cuts likely for Oklahoma schools, roads, prisons

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:10pm

Budget cuts of 3 percent that began in January for Oklahoma agencies, including its public schools, will grow deeper beginning in March, the state's finance director warned on Monday.

FAA: More registered drone operators than registered planes

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:10pm

The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft.

Gap reports 7 pct drop for a key sales figure for 4Q

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:00pm

Gap Inc. reported slumping sales at all three brands for the crucial fourth-quarter, which covers the holiday season.