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Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:43am

Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.

The Latest: Flint counsel says manslaughter charge possible

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:30am

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

Bring on the drones: Mediterranean sees severe overfishing

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:10am

Experts say almost all species in the Mediterranean are still overfished despite decades of seeing stocks dwindle — and the European Union is considering creative solutions like using drones or space technology to catch fraudulent fishermen.

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:45am

President Barack Obama sent Congress on Tuesday his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists.

US wholesale businesses trim stockpiles in December

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:22am

U.S. wholesale businesses cut their stockpiles and registered lower sales for the third straight month in December.

US businesses post more open jobs; quits rise to 9-year high

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:20am

U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.

Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:51am

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson says lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

IRS grants long-delayed tax exempt status to Crossroads GPS

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:40am

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax-exempt status to one of the best-known and best-funded politically active nonprofit organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies.

Obama administration plans new high-level cyber official

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:32am

President Barack Obama says that some of the federal government's information technology systems are archaic and that "we need to upgrade them" to get serious about improving security.

Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf's second state budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:30am

Highlights of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's spending plan for the 2016-17 budget year that starts July 1:

Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce song

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:30am

Red Lobster says it's feeling the "Beyonce Bounce."

Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:20am

Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, sending them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the fiscal year that began back in July.

Bill would give unused medication donations to those in need

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:01am

A Utah lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would donate unused prescription drugs to people in need.

Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:50am

One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection to restructure, citing falling aluminum prices and other market challenges that also will force it to idle production at a Missouri smelter.

Deutsche Bank shares hit as markets fret over European banks

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:30am

The CEO of Deutsche Bank reassured employees and markets that the company's finances were "rock-solid" as Europe's banks took another a beating in the stock market Tuesday.

The Latest: Intelligence chief warns of more terror attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:21am

The Latest on the worldwide threat assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies (all times local):

Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:20am

Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business.

Rural Williston voters deciding fate of proposed new school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

Voters in the district encompassing rural schools around Williston are deciding the fate of a proposed new facility.

Suspension of Turkey flights costs Russian airports heavily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

A top official at Russia's busiest airport says the halt or reduction of flights to Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt over the past three months has cost the country's airports six billion rubles ($77 million).

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.