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Oklahoma House OKs bill allowing medical use of cannabis oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:00am

The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana.

Greek unions call 3-day general strike over new austerity

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:51am

Unions in Greece have called a three-day general strike to protest against new bailout austerity measures, in a sign of growing discontent with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing government.

Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight CWD

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:41am

A prominent sportsmen's group wants Gov. Scott Walker to crack down on deer farms as he revises the state's chronic wasting disease tactics.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.61 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:30am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate.

3 died in hospital outbreak possibly caused by scopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:10am

A newspaper reports that at least three patients died last year at a Southern California hospital in a bacterial outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes.

FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:10am

New federal rules announced Thursday have the potential to upend the multibillion-dollar electronic cigarette industry just as it is attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:10am

The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months or see extremely limited service for three years under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Idaho sees spike in tourism, officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Idaho is on track to collect a record-high in lodging taxes this year as the state sees a spike in tourism.

Bitcoin's self-proclaimed founder backtracks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, the man who came forward this week as bitcoin's founder, is backtracking. He wrote in a blog post that he does not "have the courage" to publish additional proof, as promised, that he is the elusive creator of the Internet currency.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:00am

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:41am

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

House bill would curb new regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:40am

Vape away.

Uganda government bans press coverage of protest movement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:40am

Uganda's government on Thursday banned media coverage of a protest movement against the disputed re-election of the country's long-time president.

Rapper French Montana signs with Bad Boy and Epic Records

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:10am

Rapper French Montana has signed with Bad Boy Entertainment and Epic Records, the music companies told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Ford to invest $182M in software development company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:00am

Ford says it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal.

Education officials urged to protect transgender students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:50am

Transgender community leaders and supporters are calling on Hawaii education officials to implement policies and training for staff to help ensure the safety and fair treatment of transgender students.

Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:50am

The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help.

Fannie Mae posts $1.1B profit in 1Q; paying $919M dividend

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:40am

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posted net income of $1.1 billion for the first quarter, down from a year ago as declining interest rates reduced the value of the financial instruments it uses to hedge against rate swings.

Mayors from big cities around globe push climate initiatives

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:40am

The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy.

Applications for US jobless aid climb, but still near lows

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:41am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the totals stayed near historic lows in a sign that the recent slowdown in economic growth has yet to spark layoffs.