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Hold the onions! Panera works to quell rage of wrong orders

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:02pm

Panera wants to eliminate one of the biggest scourges of eating out — bungled orders.

Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

The Obama administration says a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.

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Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver

Tom Krisher and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:41pm

Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has found.

In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:40pm

President Barack Obama returned Wednesday to the Illinois capital where he launched his national political career and appealed for help ridding politics of "polarization and meanness" that discourage participation in civic life.

HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:20pm

HBO Now, the standalone online version of the premium TV channel, has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers last year.

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

Latest: US House backs bill requiring EPA notify about lead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10pm

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

IMF chief warns Ukraine over slow pace of reform

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:50pm

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn't step up its reform efforts.

Prosecutors: Charges upgraded in airline gun smuggling case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:11pm

Prosecutors have upgraded charges in a gun trafficking case in which they allege at least two Delta Air Lines employees helped take guns on commercial flights in carry-on luggage from Georgia to New York.

Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

A Senate panel has voted to hold the classified advertising website Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Latest: Kansas House plan hinders hospital privatization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:41pm

The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local):

VW, Audi, BMW recall nearly 1.7M vehicles in air bag mess

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:40pm

Volkswagen, Audi and BMW are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that can rupture and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

Senate panel OKs bill to reduce desegregation funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:31pm

A Senate panel has passed a measure that would significantly reduce funding used to provide an equal opportunity education to minority students in Arizona school districts.

Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker charged in payday loan scam

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:30pm

Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges accusing him of living the high life on the backs of millions of desperate people who used his payday lending operation to get quick cash over the Internet.

UConn warns cuts could lead to closing regional campuses

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:50pm

The leaders of Connecticut's public colleges and universities asked lawmakers Wednesday to spare their schools major budget cuts, warning that more reductions could mean the elimination of academic and athletic programs and even shuttering some campuses.

Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; budget gap at $850M

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:50pm

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of about $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to rebalance the state's spending plan.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:41pm

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.