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Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30pm

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.

Officials to decide on nuclear reactor site in eastern Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:21pm

A Utah energy cooperative is narrowing down its selections for a site to build a small commercial nuclear reactor in eastern Idaho.

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Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:00pm

Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government announced Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: WNBA, union amend CBA for overseas play fines

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:52pm

The WNBA and its players union have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement on fines for overseas play.

Atlanta airport to close 1 of 3 security areas for 3 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:51pm

The world's busiest airport in Atlanta plans to close one of its three checkpoints in the domestic terminal for three weeks.

Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:51pm

Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

DocuTap sells majority stake to global private equity firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:50pm

Sioux Falls-based electronic medical records company DocuTap said it has sold a majority stake to global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

Egypt extends suspension of capital gains tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:41pm

Egypt has extended the suspension of a capital gains tax on the stock market until May 2017.

FDA advisers reconsider training for painkiller prescribers

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:41pm

Federal health advisers are discussing changes to government programs that were intended to improve the safety of painkillers like OxyContin, but which experts say have had an unclear impact.

School leaders protest budget cuts to Wyoming education

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:41pm

A coalition of school districts and others say budget cuts enacted during this year's legislative session are not fair and are resulting in school closings and teacher layoffs.

Teen's family suing over death on ropes course

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:41pm

The family of a Florida teen has sued over her death at a high ropes course last summer.

Bird flu forces slaughter of 39K turkeys at Missouri farm

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:41pm

A southwestern Missouri turkey farm where bird flu was found remains quarantined after 39,000 of its birds were destroyed last week as a precaution, agricultural officials said Wednesday.

Baltimore city school board appoints new CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:10pm

The Baltimore school board is replacing the chief executive officer of the city's schools with an administrator who oversaw academic performance improvements during a previous stint with city schools.

The Latest: Fired Texas gunman said his life had been ruined

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:00pm

The Latest on a fatal shooting at a Texas transportation company (all times local):

Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:00pm

A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said.

500-euro bill, beloved by money launderers, is discontinued

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:41am

The 500-euro bill is being discontinued amid concerns that the big banknote has become too handy for money launderers.

Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:40am

The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.

Russia claims arrest of group planning holiday attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:20am

Russia's Federal Security Service says a group of Central Asian citizens have been arrested on suspicion on planning attacks in the Moscow region and that explosives and weapons have been seized.

APNewsBreak: New rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:20am

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.

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:10am

Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.