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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):

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

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10pm

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

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.

Federal budget in black for January

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:40pm

The federal government recorded a budget surplus in January of $55.2 billion, helped by a timing quirk that shifted benefit payments to December.

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Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

Tom Krisher and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:40pm

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

Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:32pm

Meet the new boss. Confronting the same tea party challenges as the old boss.

Obama recalls his first lessons in politics _ and humility

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:30pm

President Barack Obama is reminiscing about his days in the Illinois legislature and his first lessons in politics.

Senate bill aims to derail NKorea's nuclear weapons program

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:20pm

Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, senators set aside their partisan differences on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:50am

Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users' timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service.

Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:36am

A Utah lawmaker is riding a national wave of debate over whether to tax tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

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.

The Latest: Kansas House shields KU Med from budget move

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:40pm

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

Educators back Wolf, but skeptical he'll win over lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:40pm

Pennsylvania educators are happy to see Gov. Tom Wolf advocating this week for another big boost in aid to public schools in his second budget proposal, but say they are skeptical he will secure a significant victory from the state Legislature since he's yet to get what he wanted in his first attempt.

Sales tax hike for teacher pay set for House consideration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:00pm

The state House is set to take up the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to boost teacher pay in South Dakota.

President: Czechs paid $6.2M ransom to Pakistan kidnappers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:40am

The Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013, President Milos Zeman said Wednesday.

Hospital system agrees to settlement with Attorney General

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:31am

St. Luke's Health System has agreed to give hospitals in McCall and Mountain Home back to their taxing districts as part of a settlement with the Idaho Attorney General's office.

Burger King's next conquest: Hot dog king

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:01am

Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.