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Bleisure: Zika casts a pall on some company getaways

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:01pm

It seemed like such a great idea: A company planned a business trip this winter to a warm place that would bring the entire staff together.

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:50pm

The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire's Route 4 weren't enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful's campaign alive past Tuesday's primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently.

Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

Michael Biesecker and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:50pm

Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.

The Latest: FBI arrests ex-wildlife refuge occupier in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:31pm

The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

Ireland slams threats to reporters covering Dublin gang war

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:30pm

Two reporters covering the Dublin gang war have received death threats from criminals because of their work, but they won't be deterred from exposing Ireland's underworld, the country's largest newspaper group said Thursday.

House report details EPA missteps in Colorado mine spill

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:11pm

A probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three states with arsenic, lead and other toxic substances has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill from the gold mine was possible, according to documents released Thursday by a U.S. House committee.

Arkansas justice cites Johnny Cash in dissent over cash bail

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:11pm

A ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash drew objections Thursday from Arkansas' Supreme Court chief justice, who cited a man who had strong opinions about the legal system: Johnny Cash.

Portugal's fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:51pm

Portugal's fellow states in the 19-nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government's plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets.

Economy focus of S. African nation speech, despite heckling

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:20pm

South Africa's struggling economy was the focus point of the president's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, which went ahead despite disruptions and heckling from opposition politicians.

Yellen: Too early to determine impact of global developments

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:00pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.

Garmin buys Maine-based GPS products company DeLorme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:02pm

Swiss-based Garmin Ltd., known for its GPS technologies, is buying Maine-based DeLorme, which produces maps and hand-held satellite communications.

The Latest: 8 evaluated after jet's emergency landing at LAX

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:01pm

The Latest on an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (all times local):

Portsmouth School Board approves transgender policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:11pm

The Portsmouth School Board has unanimously approved the school district's first-ever policy regarding transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Arkansas' lottery sees record revenue of $58.7M in January

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:11pm

Arkansas' lottery has generated more revenue and net proceeds in January than any month since ticket sales began in September 2009.

Brazil official links inadequate sanitation to Zika outbreak

Bruce Douglas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:51pm

Brazil's minister of cities says there is a "strong link" between the country's woeful sanitation system and the current outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:41pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Utah considers updating laws to address cybercrime

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:31pm

A Utah lawmaker wants people who hack into computers running key infrastructure such as traffic lights and water treatment facilities to face years in prison.

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Marks 75th Anniversary, Looks to Future

The Society Of Industrial and Office Realtors, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:31pm

officially kicked off its 75 th anniversary celebration today, just as the organization has equaled its broadest global reach ever.

Medical pot advocates oppose proposed Rhode Island plant tax

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:20pm

Medical marijuana advocates are opposing an annual $350-per-plant fee that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to impose on some growers as part of her budget plan.

New York holds manufacturers liable for fouled water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:10pm

New York regulators say Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International are required to pay for the investigation and cleanup of a toxic chemical in an upstate village's drinking water.