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Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has voted to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved.

Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

Gov. Scott Walker has signed Republican-backed legislation to overhaul Wisconsin's civil service system.

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Utah: No EPA alert about metal in water after mine spill

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

Utah regulators said Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency didn't alert the state to data showing elevated levels of metals found in the San Juan River after a massive mine waste spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states last year.

State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion

Rashah McChesney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:21pm

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:11pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.

Florida man gets prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:01pm

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say a Florida man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for defrauding over 70 investors of $3.3 million.

Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Latest: Mine developer says partial approval is enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

The latest on Montana officials giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border. (all times local):

What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:12pm

The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

Jeff Horwitz and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.

US rig count drops 30 this week to 541; Texas down 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.

Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

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

Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.

Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:02am

Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. said Friday it will make the overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky, a region hard-hit by deadly heroin.

Maryland private universities launch financial aid program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

A group of Maryland private universities are launching a new financial aid program to match a state grant for students with financial need.