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Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:35pm

A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.

Governor wants to out those hired to film animal cruelty

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:06pm

A bill drawn up by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would make public the names of animal activists hired to film undercover footage of animal cruelty.

HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:06pm

The CEO of the heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it.

ESPN laying off 100 on-air employees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

Some 100 on-air personalities at ESPN, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, have lost their jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring that emphasizes a more digital future.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:48pm

"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.

Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:45pm

Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:40pm

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast.

Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. The broader bill would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul.

The Latest: White House about-face on payments to insurers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

UK leader meets top EU officials for Brexit working dinner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Britain's prime minister took time out from her election campaign Wednesday to meet the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator and head of the bloc's executive.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all.

Fox anchor says network does little about racial diversity

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday that the network marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity.

Cyprus activists protest Turkey's planned nuclear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:15pm

Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists on Wednesday formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station, which they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island.

FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:15pm

Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Illinois board terminates Hastert's state lawmaker pension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:14pm

Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.