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Emerald weighing more than 600 pounds found in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:35pm

Miners have found a 4.3-foot (1.3-meter) tall emerald weighing more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms) in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia.

Google helps advertisers track spending in physical stores

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:18pm

Google already monitors online shopping — and now it's keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising.

Mark Zuckerberg, wife visit Massachusetts high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:10pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has visited the Massachusetts high school where his wife attended.

Obama-era rule on financial advisers to go forward, for now

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:06pm

The Trump administration is allowing to go forward an Obama-era rule that puts stricter requirements on professionals who advise retirement savers on their investments. But it's leaving open the possibility that deep changes to the rule will still be made.

Judge: Company discriminated against medical marijuana user

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:57pm

A judge has ruled against a Rhode Island textile company accused of discriminating against a woman when she was denied an internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches.

Oklahoma budget crisis spurs battle among oilmen

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:46pm

An impasse among Oklahoma lawmakers over how to fix the state's worst budget problem in decades has sent the legislature spiraling into chaos and focused blame on the usually sacrosanct oil and natural gas industry for not paying more taxes.

Man testifies in his own trial in marijuana resort case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:34pm

A man on trial for his alleged role in a marijuana grow room on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation testified Tuesday that he had visited the facility just three times, as prosecutors tried to tie him to day-to-day management of the operation.

Rhode Island House passes bill to deregulate hair braiding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:30pm

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed legislation that would deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding, which practitioners say is a cultural tradition and art form that shouldn't be subject to cosmetology rules.

Losing their kicks? Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:20pm

Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for peddling fake cures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:20pm

A dual citizen from Pakistan and the United Kingdom has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for selling drugs that he falsely claimed would cure illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and emphysema.

Starbucks opening new store in New Jersey's capital city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:54pm

New Jersey's capital city is getting its first Starbucks.

Unsealed records suggest years of abuse for slain Kansas boy

Allison Kite and John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:51pm

Kansas received reports that a boy who ultimately was murdered and fed to pigs was being physically abused several years before his death, according to documents released Tuesday that also show a social worker was in contact with his father and stepmother by phone more than a year after the state said it lost physical contact with the boy.

FCC: No punishment for late-night host Colbert's Trump joke

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:51pm

There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert's risque joke about President Donald Trump.

Trump proposes $120M budget cut at nuke site despite trouble

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:40pm

President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concern about worker safety at the former nuclear weapons production site.

AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:22pm

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth. His indictment glosses over significant differences in the economy now and then.

Boston museum doubles reward for stolen artwork to $10M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:20pm

A Boston museum has doubled its reward to $10 million for information that leads to the return of 13 works of art stolen more than two decades ago in the largest art heist in U.S. history.

The Latest: Jury awards $256M to auto dealer in Nissan suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:20pm

The Latest on a jury awarding more than $256 million in a lawsuit against Nissan (all times local):

Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:10pm

Ownership of the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has changed hands but will stay off limits to the public.

Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case

Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:58pm

A congressional investigative panel is demanding documents and testimony from an embattled U.S. defense contractor accused of failing to promptly disclose human trafficking on a base in Iraq.