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French transport minister: fuel situation getting better

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 6:10am

France's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, says that fuel shortages sparked by nationwide strikes and blockades are easing across France, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over.

Chinese developer Wanda opens theme park to take on Disney

Paul Traynor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 4:50am

China's largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opened an entertainment complex on Saturday that it's positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park opening next month.

Education Department replaces career college chain monitor

Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 1:00am

The Education Department has appointed a new lawyer to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., following an Associated Press review that found trouble at the schools and questioned the previous monitor's independence.

Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 1:00am

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.

Expecting worst, holiday travelers find fast airport lines

Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:41am

Fast moving airport security lines at the start of the Memorial Day weekend could bode well for return travelers Monday.

In business and politics, Trump stokes internal rivalries

Julie Pace and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:41am

When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.

Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can't open

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:30am

Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature.

State grants variance request for Cincinnati abortion clinic

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:21pm

A Cincinnati abortion clinic can legally continue operating despite not having a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies, under a decision from the state's health director on Friday.

Odors force closure of school in Natrona County

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:21pm

A school in Natrona County has been closed down because of chemical odors thought to be coming from a nearby oil field.

Alibaba won and lost a friend in Washington; how it happened

Erika Kinetz and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 8:21pm

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.

More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:30pm

The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall.

Senate sends 2 more school-funding revamps to House

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:21pm

The array of ideas for making Illinois public-school funding fairer grew more complex Friday with two more plans sent to the House by Senate Democrats with three days remaining in the spring session.

Governor officially calls June special session on taxes

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:50pm

Seeking to stave off deep cuts to health and education, Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially called his second special session on taxes, hoping lawmakers will agree to reduce tax breaks and hike some income taxes to balance the Louisiana budget.

Arch Coal gives up stake in Washington coal-export project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:50pm

Arch Coal is giving up its stake in a joint venture to build a coal export port near Longview, Washington.

Venezuelan boy's death sparks anger over health care crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:40pm

Venezuelans are expressing dismay over the death of an 8-year-old boy with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who had become a symbol of the crisis-wracked nation's collapsed health care system.

Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:30pm

Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases.

$12M of SC State's debt to be forgiven, $6M must be repaid

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:30pm

South Carolina State University would be free from $12 million in state loans but would have to repay $6 million over the next 16 years under terms approved Friday by legislators negotiating a state budget compromise.

Uber appeals Pennsylvania utility regulator's $11.4M fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:30pm

Ride-hailing company Uber is asking state utility regulators to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued against it.

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:21pm

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

US economy showing signs of life after slow start to year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:21pm

The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.