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The Latest: Kansas House approves budget-balancing plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:20am

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

Reckitt Benckiser Korea apologizes for deadly sterilizers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 12:00am

British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser has apologized and accepted responsibility for selling deadly disinfectants that killed or injured about 180 people.

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.

GOP leaders tout budget fix as plan that protects schools

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 6:50pm

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.

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.

College student starts business recycling dorm fridges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:00pm

A college student appalled at the dorm furnishings his roommates were leaving behind his freshman year has started a booming business recycling mini refrigerators.

James Bond meets Samuel Colt: Seeking to build a safer gun

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 1:01pm

Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.

Obama, first lady review library design proposals

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 12:10pm

President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists.

Head of Maui hospitals stepping down before privatization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:40am

The head of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is stepping down as the collection of Maui hospitals transitions to new private owners.

Michigan didn't issue fines in many asbestos violations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:30am

Michigan's state worker safety agency didn't issue fines in the majority of asbestos abatement cases where it found serious violations during the past seven years, and not one company was fined the maximum $7,000, a newspaper reports.

Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years

Shawn Marsh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:10am

In the Jersey shore city that gave Bruce Springsteen's debut album its name, owners of the first new hotel to open there in more than 50 years hope they can convince locals and tourists alike that what was once considered a slum by the sea is now a destination with a bright future.

Kenya officials: Death toll of collapsed building up to 20

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 11:10am

Kenyan rescuers continued searching for survivors Sunday of a residential building in a low income area that collapsed Friday, as officials said the death toll has risen to 20 and 73 people remain missing.