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In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:21pm

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.

Twitter signals more distress as user growth flatlines

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

Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as social-media users flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50pm

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.

Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations.

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:31pm

South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:21pm

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.

Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:12pm

A Utah lawmaker is riding an national wave of debate over whether to tax tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

Hold the onions! Panera works to quell rage of wrong orders

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:02pm

Panera wants to eliminate one of the biggest scourges of eating out — bungled orders.

Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.

The Latest: Kansas House advancing budget-balancing measure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:21pm

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

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.

Mylan says it will buy Sweden's Meda AB for $7.2B

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

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

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.

House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50pm

The state House has postponed voting on the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to boost teacher pay.

Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

A Senate panel voted on Wednesday to hold the classified advertising website in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

Excise tax on medical marijuana sales proposed in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:31pm

A state senator from Northern California has introduced a bill that would impose a 15 percent tax on retail sales of medical marijuana.

Clothing salesman convicted of killing New York shopkeepers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:21pm

A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder.

Prosecutors: Charges upgraded in airline gun smuggling case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:11pm

Prosecutors have upgraded charges in a gun trafficking case in which they allege at least two Delta Air Lines employees helped take guns on commercial flights in carry-on luggage from Georgia to New York.