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Utah receives $285K for service projects on public lands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:30am

Utah will receive nearly $285,000 from a federal grant program for six service projects on public lands involving children and veterans.

Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:21am

Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student.

3 died in hospital outbreak possibly caused by scopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:20am

At least three patients died last year at a Southern California hospital in a bacterial outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes, according to a newspaper report Thursday.

Stirred by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:20am

More Democrats seem to be having doubts about the federal health care law, a contentious issue for most of President Barack Obama's tenure and one of the defining elements of his legacy.

Uganda government bans press coverage of protest movement

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:10am

Uganda's government on Thursday banned media coverage of a protest movement against the disputed re-election of the country's long-time president.

Markets Right Now: Energy sector leads gains in stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:00am

The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Oklahoma House OKs bill allowing medical use of cannabis oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:00am

The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana.

Greek unions call 3-day general strike over new austerity

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:51am

Unions in Greece have called a three-day general strike to protest against new bailout austerity measures, in a sign of growing discontent with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing government.

Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight CWD

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:41am

A prominent sportsmen's group wants Gov. Scott Walker to crack down on deer farms as he revises the state's chronic wasting disease tactics.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.61 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:30am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate.

FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:10am

New federal rules announced Thursday have the potential to upend the multibillion-dollar electronic cigarette industry just as it is attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:10am

The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months or see extremely limited service for three years under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Idaho sees spike in tourism, officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Idaho is on track to collect a record-high in lodging taxes this year as the state sees a spike in tourism.

Bitcoin's self-proclaimed founder backtracks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, the man who came forward this week as bitcoin's founder, is backtracking. He wrote in a blog post that he does not "have the courage" to publish additional proof, as promised, that he is the elusive creator of the Internet currency.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:41am

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

House bill would curb new regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:40am

Vape away.

Rapper French Montana signs with Bad Boy and Epic Records

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:10am

Rapper French Montana has signed with Bad Boy Entertainment and Epic Records, the music companies told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Ford to invest $182M in software development company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:00am

Ford says it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal.

Education officials urged to protect transgender students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:50am

Transgender community leaders and supporters are calling on Hawaii education officials to implement policies and training for staff to help ensure the safety and fair treatment of transgender students.