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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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:50pm

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

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.

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

Melissa Hellmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:21pm

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.

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.

College-accrediting agency sends warning amid budget impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:41pm

The state budget impasse could have "significant" consequences for the public colleges and universities in Illinois, according to a higher-education accrediting agency.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state's tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years. House lawmakers spiked a prior version of the legislation earlier this year after objecting to the bill's removal of unenforceable language banning same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns.

Abortion-rights advocates hold reproductive health rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

Abortion-rights organizations, students and Kansas House members are rallying against legislation banning access to reproductive health care.

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

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.

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.

Cabin smoke forces flight back to Arizona; passengers unhurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

A commercial flight headed to Los Angeles filled with smoke, turned around and made an emergency landing in Tucson, Arizona, where some passengers had to jump from the airplane to the runway.

Chicago State students, faculty protest budget impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:20pm

Chicago State University students and faculty members took to the streets to protest the Illinois budget standoff that is threatening to force the closing of the school.

Vermont attorney general drops probe of environmentalist

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:20pm

The Vermont attorney general's office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist has operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators.