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New York holds manufacturers liable for fouled water

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:22pm

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 boost campaign with focus on black voters

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:10pm

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 re-energize her 2016 bid.

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.

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.

NY man arrested after waving gun-like object on live TV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:31pm

New York City police say a Brooklyn man caught on camera waving what appeared to be a handgun behind a television reporter during a live broadcast has been arrested.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

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

Hospital says stolen laptop contained patient ID information

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

Community Hospital in McCook has told nearly 4,200 former patients that their identity information was contained on a laptop computer that was stolen in December.

Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on "strong legal footing" in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda.

Utah considers updating laws to address cybercrime

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:21pm

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.

Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:20pm

Abortion opponents increasingly on the offensive in Kentucky's statehouse advanced legislation Thursday that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women.

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.

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.