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On Capitol Hill, GOP muted a day after Trump's ascension

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:50pm

The reaction of congressional Republicans to Donald Trump's ascension ranged from subdued to silent on Wednesday, a day after the billionaire TV personality was all but anointed as the party's presidential nominee.

Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:41pm

Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.

The Latest: California raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

The Latest on a California bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco (all times local):


Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts.

Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:20pm

Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, according to federal health experts, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place.

Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:51pm

Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.

Tesla Motors brushes off 1Q net loss, accelerates plans

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:41pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. brushed off a big first-quarter loss and cheered investors with news that it plans to accelerate its production plans.

Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

The South Carolina Senate has approved a $7.5 billion state budget that puts an additional $300 million into K-12 education, covers the state's expenses from last fall's historic flooding and provides $40 million in grants to flood-devastated farmers.

Investor files class action lawsuit in Jay Peak fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

A foreign investor has filed a class action lawsuit against two developers accused of misusing $200 million in investors' funds for developments in northern Vermont.

Ex-MillerCoors official pleads guilty in $8 million fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

A former vice president at MillerCoors has pleaded guilty to defrauding the beer-maker of more than $8 million.

Utah receives $285K for service projects on public lands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:00pm

Utah will receive nearly $285,000 from a federal grant program for six service projects on public lands involving children and veterans.

Vermont Senate energy bill in limbo; session close looms

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:00pm

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday approved another version of a bill that would give towns more say in renewable energy siting, but the measure may have hit a roadblock in the House.

Nixon vetoes Missouri legislation to cap school funding goal

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:40pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Wednesday that would cap the targets state government uses to fund public K-12 schools, chiding legislators for approving a "broken promise" to students he said will pave the way for them to enact more tax breaks.

School leaders protest budget cuts to Wyoming education

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:40pm

A coalition of school districts and other groups have told Wyoming lawmakers that cuts to K-12 schools enacted during this year's legislative session are not fair and are resulting in school closures and teacher layoffs.

Beshear examining validity of Bevin vetoes, other cuts

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:31pm

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear says he is looking into the validity of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's budget vetoes and his mid-year spending cuts at several state agencies.

Whole Foods sales pinched as it preps for new '365' chain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:30pm

Whole Foods' sales are being pinched by rivals as it prepares to launch an offshoot chain intended to court to new shoppers.

Gov. Bentley signs medical marijuana oil bill into law

Melissa Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:21pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed legislation into law to allow medical marijuana oil in the state.

Oklahoma governor signs autism insurance measure, 6 others

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:21pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed seven pieces of legislation into law, including a bill that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism.

New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:00pm

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.