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The Latest: Last Oregon refuge occupier says he surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:21pm

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


House report details EPA missteps in Colorado mine spill

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:11pm

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.

George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:10pm

Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.

Zika virus has phones ringing at pest control, travel firms

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:01pm

Some small U.S. companies are getting an influx in calls — and in some cases, unexpected business— due to fears about the Zika virus.

Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

Michael Biesecker and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:52am

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.

5 indicted in 2015 New York City gas explosion that killed 2

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:52am

A building owner and four others were arrested Thursday on manslaughter, negligent homicide and other charges in connection with a gas explosion last year that killed two people and leveled three Manhattan buildings.

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:50am

Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016.

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:41am

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

Clinton aims to reset campaign with focus on black voters

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:22am

After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to retool her 2016 bid.

Protests inside, outside during South African nation speech

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:21am

Opposition members disrupted the South African president's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, with some lawmakers walking out of the joint session.

Yellen: Too early to determine impact of global developments

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

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.

Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:41am

Peace talks aimed at reunifying ethnically split Cyprus have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will function under a federation, the country's president said Thursday.

Ohio leaders say medical marijuana issue isn't going away

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:21pm

Legislative leaders and statewide officers weighed in Thursday on how Ohio should address the issue of medical marijuana, with most agreeing that the matter is not going away.

Nokia says quarterly profit rose but cautions on outlook

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:01pm

Nokia Corp. saw fourth-quarter profit grow more than 50 percent to 498 million euros ($560 million) on a slight increase in sales, but the telecom networks company cautioned it would face some "market headwinds," especially in China.

Brazil official links inadequate sanitation to Zika outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:51am

A Brazilian Cabinet minister says the country's sewage treatment system "leaves much to be desired" and acknowledges a "strong link" between sanitation and the current outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Marnell Gaming buying Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

A casino company with holdings in southern Nevada is buying the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.

Fewer than half of Wyoming students apply for college aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

Fewer than half of Wyoming high school graduates apply for federal aid to attend college.

L'Oreal 2015 sales up across markets, net profit down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:00am

Leading global cosmetics company L'Oreal saw its sales grow 12 percent last year, with increases across old and new markets despite difficulties in Brazil and global economic uncertainty.

Brazil police arrest ex-president of construction company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:00am

Brazilian police have arrested the former president of construction giant Andrade Gutierrez for his suspected role in a bribery scandal involving the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants.

Arkansas chief justice cites Johnny Cash in bail dissent

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:00am

Objecting to the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that lower-court judges can require defendants to pay their bail in cash, the high court's chief justice on Thursday cited a musician seldom thought of as a legal scholar: Johnny Cash.