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Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is renewing debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade.

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states are bashing President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs.

The Latest: Coroner's office IDs skydiver as California man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:40pm

The Latest on a skydiving death in Northern California (all times local):

Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:40pm

Facebook's CEO returned to Harvard Thursday, telling graduates that it is up to their generation to create a purpose for today's world, to care about others, to fight inequality and strengthen the global community.

Nurses held hostage in Chicago-area hospital standoff sue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:30pm

Two nurses held hostage by a jail inmate this month at a suburban Chicago hospital allege in a federal lawsuit that they were violently assaulted by the man who was known to be a "danger" to hospital staff.

Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:21pm

Shares of General Motors fell almost 2 percent Thursday after some truck owners alleged in a lawsuit that the company cheated on government diesel emissions tests.

Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:06pm

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

$6 billion in improper student aid payments found at Ed Dept

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:00pm

Members of Congress criticized the Education Department on Thursday over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of federal student aid programs.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:56pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:45pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:44pm

Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

Winery or 'weedery': Vineyards rip up grapes, switch to pot

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:28pm

Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers.

Correction: TV-Fox News-Hannity story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:28pm

In a story May 24 about Sean Hannity, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Seth Rich was a Democratic National Committee chairman. He was an employee.

G-7 leaders seek common ground after seismic shifts

Colleen Barry, David McHugh and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

Not only have many of the faces changed at this year's Group of Seven summit of leading wealthy democracies, but also many national positions.

Amtrak: 3 tracks to be closed at Penn Station during repairs

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

Three tracks at a time will be closed at Penn Station as part of extensive repair work there that is expected to inconvenience thousands of rail commuters this summer, an Amtrak official said Thursday.

Sears revenue continues decline amid tough landscape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:48pm

Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:48pm

The owner of a New Jersey racetrack who wants to build a casino there says the proposal can wait for six years.

Yale removes shelter set up by protesting graduate students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:40pm

Unionized graduate students at Yale say the school's removal of their protest encampment won't stop their demonstrations.

OPEC extends output cut, but big oil price increase unlikely

George Jahn and Kiyoko Metzler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:30pm

An alliance of many of the world's biggest oil-producing nations extended their agreement to cut output for an additional nine months — an effort to support prices that will prove difficult in the face of growing production from the U.S.