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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:41am

President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.

Spain: Princess Cristina back in court for tax fraud trial

Hernan Munoz Ratto and Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:41am

Spain's Princess Cristina was back in court Tuesday for trial along with 17 others, including her husband, on charges ranging from tax fraud to embezzlement.

Gov't report: Drop in uninsured in 8 states

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21am

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.

Primary puts values of retail campaigning to the test

Kathleen Ronayne and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:12am

Donald Trump upended the traditions of New Hampshire campaigning when he opted for mega-rallies over living room conversations and diner stops, spending less time in the first primary state than any of his rivals. Yet the businessman goes into the state's Tuesday primary with the hope of clinching his first win.

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.

Greek farmers block country's main highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:00am

Farmers in northern Greece have blocked traffic on the country's main highway, intensifying nationwide protests against budget austerity measures demanded by bailout lenders.

UK lawmakers say proposed spy law fails to protect privacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:50am

U.K. lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing Britain's intelligence agencies say there are not enough privacy safeguards in plans to strengthen the government's powers to spy on the Internet.

Spain: Trash fire causes rail commuter chaos in Barcelona

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40am

Tens of thousands of commuters in the Spanish city of Barcelona are facing travel chaos as smoke from a fire filled railway tunnels and forced authorities to suspend train service.

Obama administration plans new high-level cyber official

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:11am

The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts, as part of its 2017 budget proposal announced Tuesday.

Sanofi reports flat 2015 earnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:40am

French drug maker Sanofi says its bottom line was roughly stable last year as it advanced efforts to reshape its drug portfolio and pursue research and development tie-ups in oncology and diabetes.

Illinois urges college students to apply for financial aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11am

Illinois officials say college students should continue to apply for financial aid, even though the state budget impasse has put grants for needy students on hold.

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.