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IMS Health and Quintiles merging in $9 billion stock deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:32pm

Health care data company IMS Health and Quintiles, which helps drug companies with clinical trial research, say they are merging in an all-stock deal worth nearly $9 billion.

College of DuPage appoints its first female president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:31pm

A retired Navy vice admiral is set to become the College of DuPage's first female president in the suburban Chicago school's 49-year history.

Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:31pm

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.

Liberty House submits bid for Tata Steel assets in UK

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:31pm

Two firms have expressed interest in buying the available assets of Tata Steel UK, setting up rival bids that could help revive the troubled industry in Britain.

It takes a village to corral a llama in Colorado

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:31pm

It took a village and two hours to corral an uncooperative llama named Ethel who escaped from her pasture in rural Colorado and wandered near some busy roadways.

Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:30pm

A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:20pm

Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune.

A look at the House panel's vote on a medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:11pm

The House health care committee passed a Senate-approved bill Tuesday that would expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law. The 8-6 vote for Sen. Fred Mills' proposal sends it to the full House for consideration. Here's how committee members voted:

The Latest: Feds fault DC subway for inadequate maintenance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:10pm

The Latest on the National Transportation Safety Board's findings about a fatal 2015 accident on the Washington subway (all times local):

The Latest: House OKs first Arizona budget bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:01pm

The Latest on Arizona's budget (all times local):

MetLife fined $20M for variable annuities switches

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:00pm

MetLife has been fined $20 million by Wall Street's policing body for misleading customers in switching them from variable annuities contracts into more expensive ones.

Election guide: Democrats running for West Virginia governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:00pm

Three Democrats are running in West Virginia's May 10 gubernatorial primary.

Rich newspaper owners: Industry savior or foe?

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:50pm

The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty, but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage.

Arizona House, Senate debate budget after K-12 agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:31pm

The Arizona Legislature on Tuesday finally began debating a spending package for the state budget year that begins July 1 after a week of wrangling over additional funding for K-12 schools that wasn't included in the initial budget agreement.

Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:21pm

Honda and Nissan have never had as good an April as they had last month in the United States.

France threatens 'no' to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:20pm

France is threatening to reject a huge free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:12pm

When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally.

Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry leaked to journalists

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:11pm

Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry that were leaked to the media on Tuesday outline strategies for deflecting public outrage over recent arrests and suggest the prosecutor general impose a gag order on the case of an Italian student abducted and killed in Cairo.

Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:10pm

America's love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while Toyota broke a record for SUV and truck sales.