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Washington, other states eye school bus seat belts

Alexis Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:21pm

A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts is being considered by lawmakers in Washington, one of more than a dozen states where school seat belt measures is on the legislative agenda this year.

The Latest: Trump to take action on immigration Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:11pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Appeals court to decide future of California carbon auctions

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:01pm

Businesses looking to invalidate California's fee for carbon pollution took their arguments to a state appeals court Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of one of California's signature efforts to combat climate change.

Officials: Mexico could leave NAFTA if talks unsatisfactory

Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:11pm

Mexico could leave the North American Free Trade Agreement if talks on re-negotiating it are unsatisfactory, officials said Tuesday ahead of scheduled meetings in Washington with the Trump administration.

When will soggy California drop water restrictions?

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:11pm

Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter but the state's top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the state's drought.

Backpage.com lawyers want executives' pimping charges tossed

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:00pm

The operators of Backpage.com pushed for pimping charges to be tossed out for the second time Tuesday, two weeks after the website that prosecutors dubbed an online brothel stopped advertising adult services in the face of a congressional investigation.

Trump health pick gives Dems few details on health overhaul

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:00pm

President Donald Trump's selection to become health secretary told a Senate committee Tuesday that the new administration believes people with existing illnesses should not be denied health insurance, but committed to no details on that or any aspects of how Republicans will reshape President Barack Obama's health care law.

Utah train violently smashes into semitrailer at crossing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:50pm

Utah authorities are investigating why railroad crossing arms weren't down and lights and bells were off when a double-decker passenger train violently smashed into the back of a semitrailer.

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe US auto industry

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:44pm

The threat from President Donald Trump to tax Mexican-made cars sold in the U.S. would throw the auto industry into disarray, analysts say, forcing some uncomfortable choices: Raise car prices or swallow the cost. Stop selling Mexican-made cars in the U.S. but risk losing customers. Move production to the U.S. but make less money.

Ingraham's site gets first question at Spicer press briefing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:31pm

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the first question at his briefing Tuesday from a reporter who works for LifeZette, a website founded by Donald Trump supporter Laura Ingraham that published some untrue stories during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Snow-covered buildings collapsing in rare US West weather

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:10pm

For buildings in parts of the snow-covered U.S. West, it has become a winter where the weak do not survive.

The Latest: NJ Transit resumes Atlantic City Line service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:05pm

The Latest on New Jersey Transit service in wake of storm delays (all times local):

Appeals court denies full hearing in data surveillance case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:02pm

A federal appeals court said Tuesday it won't rehear a panel's decision letting companies like Microsoft refuse to turn over to the government customer emails stored overseas.

NJ Transit resumes Atlantic City service after bridge repair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:53pm

New Jersey Transit resumed service on its Atlantic City Line on Tuesday, a day after it was suspended because a bridge was stuck in the open position.

Rebuking Obama, Trump boosts Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines

Matthew Daly and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:43pm

President Donald Trump moved swiftly Tuesday to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, signing executive actions to aggressively overhaul America's energy policy and deal a sharp blow to Barack Obama's legacy on climate change.

Trump dogged by insecurity over popular vote, media coverage

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:35pm

Donald Trump holds the most powerful office in the world. But he's dogged by insecurity over his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media, aides and associates say.

House passes bill to bar federal funds for abortion

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:20pm

Emboldened by a Republican in the White House, the GOP-led House on Tuesday backed legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage.

CSX may not be the only rail target for activist investor

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:14pm

The executive who led Canadian Pacific's financial turnaround may have a backup plan if his pursuit of CSX railroad gets derailed.

Gun rights activists sue over Massachusetts firearms laws

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:00pm

Gun rights activists aided by the National Rifle Association are suing Massachusetts over its firearms laws, saying the state's assault weapons ban is preventing law-abiding residents from buying and possessing some of the most popular rifles in the country, as well as most standard-capacity magazines.

Verizon, Johnson & Johnson sink, Kimberly-Clark gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday: