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US senator calls for backup proof when gas leak sealed

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20pm

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called Friday for third-party air quality testing to confirm that a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles has been permanently sealed and it's safe for residents to return home.

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20pm

The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

Hawaii bill seeks to allow growing marijuana outdoors

Marina Riker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:41pm

Some Hawaii lawmakers and advocates say medical marijuana dispensary applicants could be at a disadvantage because health department rules don't allow greenhouses.

Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:10pm

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved — a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels.

Drew Lewis, Reagan transport secretary during strike, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:42pm

Drew Lewis, a businessman who served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike, has died at age 84.

Head of LeafLine to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:41pm

The head of one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers is leaving the company, just eight months after moving there from his oversight role with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Utah plans to take legal action over mine waste spill

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.

Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.

Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.

The Latest: Utah to take legal action over mine waste spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

The Latest on news that Utah regulators say the EPA failed to inform them about contaminants in river water after a massive mine spill that fouled water in three states (all times local):

Health Department offers buyouts amid Oklahoma budget crisis

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday.

House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:00pm

Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.

What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:32pm

What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.

The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

Brady McCombs and Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

Right fight; wrong strategy.

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion

Rashah McChesney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.