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Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 8:01pm

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

Hong Kong, Seoul stocks sharply lower after holidays

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 7:51pm

Asian stocks shuddered again Thursday, led by sharp drops in Hong Kong and South Korea, which were catching up to global market turmoil after being shut for Lunar New Year holidays.

S. Korea shuts down joint industrial park with N. Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 7:51pm

South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch.

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 6:10pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.

Disappearing act: Twitter reports flatlining user growth

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:30pm

Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.

In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was "time to turn the page" on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn't changed.

New Nebraska Medicaid bill reopens old divide in hearing

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 7:01pm

The newest attempt to expand health care coverage with Medicaid dollars reopened an old divide Wednesday before a Nebraska legislative committee.

EPA extends deadline to March 29 at Nevada Superfund site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 7:01pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give Nevada another 60 days to decide if it wants to oppose the agency's plan to declare a toxic, abandoned mine in Yerington a priority Superfund site.

Insurers back proposed California health plan tax

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 6:40pm

Most of California's health insurance companies said Wednesday they're supporting Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to restructure a tax on health plans.

Army pays woman $820,000 to settle sexual harassment case

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 6:10pm

The Army has paid $820,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former military police trainee who says she was fired after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, defense lawyers said Wednesday.

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:40pm

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Kansas Senate approves bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:30pm

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents.

House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:20pm

Education advocates plan to use an extra handful of days pressing lawmakers to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax hike for increasing teacher pay after House legislators postponed a vote Wednesday on the bill.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:10pm

The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that 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.

Police raid offices, home connected to polygamous group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:00pm

Federal agents are serving search warrants in at several locations connected with a Utah polygamous group.

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Deepti Hajela and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:40pm

A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said.

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

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of at least $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 - 4:31pm

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.

Jack Daniel's Distillery announces $140 million expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:00pm

The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.