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Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:50pm

Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was "time to turn the page" on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn't changed.

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.

Latest: Flint mayor asks Obama to visit her city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:31pm

Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users' timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service.

House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:20pm

Education advocates plan to use an extra handful of days pressing lawmakers to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax hike for increasing teacher pay after House legislators postponed a vote Wednesday on the bill.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:10pm

The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.

Police raid offices, home connected to polygamous group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:00pm

Federal agents are serving search warrants in at several locations connected with a Utah polygamous group.

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:00pm

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Deepti Hajela and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:40pm

A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said.

Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; budget gap at $850M

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of at least $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to rebalance the state's spending plan.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

Jack Daniel's Distillery announces $140 million expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:00pm

The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.

Mylan to buy Sweden's Meda AB for $7.2 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

Drugmaker Mylan says it will buy Meda AB of Sweden for $7.2 billion in cash and stock, and says the move will help it enter new markets.

The Latest: Kansas House budget plan still hits university

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local):

Chancellor: Cash-strapped UC Berkeley faces tough decisions

Lisa Leff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:31pm

The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it hopes to sustain its national standing as a premier public institution, the school's chancellor warned Wednesday.

Amid boom in catch, debate rages over lobster license rules

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:12pm

Maine lobstermen are divided about proposed changes to the state's lobster license rules that could shake up the fishery's yearslong waiting list.

Tesla's 4Q net loss doubles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:01pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its net loss more than doubled to $320 million in the fourth quarter, hurt by lower-than-planned production of its new Model X SUV.