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Texas, 12 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:01pm

Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

Feds: McKesson agrees to pay $150M in pill shipment case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:01pm

Federal prosecutors say McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that the drug wholesaler failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills.

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:42pm

Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday.

Bill would let women sue doctors who perform their abortions

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:41pm

Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later.

Trump's 1st home up for auction for 2nd time in 3 months

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:20pm

The first property connected to Republican President-elect Donald Trump has become a hot spot for real estate deal-making.

Interior nominee Zinke disputes Trump on climate change

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:10pm

Donald Trump's choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the president-elect's claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are affecting the world's temperature and human activity is a major reason.

Business leaders: Inland port could make Utah a freight hub

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:01pm

Almost 150 years after the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in northern Utah, some of the state's top business leaders and officials said Tuesday that building another major junction here —an inland port— could provide a major boost to the local economy as cargo is ferried from West Coast seaports to the rest of the country.

US judge OKs plan for Caesars' unit to exit $18B bankruptcy

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:01pm

A federal judge gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to a plan to reorganize a subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., clearing the way for the operating unit to exit bankruptcy two years after filing for Chapter 11 protection with $18 billion in debt.

United Airlines 4Q profit drops 52 percent to $397 million

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:01pm

Lower average fares and higher labor costs led to a 52 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit at United Airlines, but sadly for passengers those lower prices may soon be a memory.

2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:51pm

Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota.

Small nuclear reactor design submitted for federal approval

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:41pm

An Oregon company has asked federal officials to approve its design for a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho.

Texas leases more land, but gets lower prices amid oil slump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

The demand to lease Texas' publicly held land for energy exploration has increased since last summer, despite low oil prices — but it generated lower average prices.

The Latest: Bids taken on Donald Trump's earliest home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

The Latest on an auction of Republican President-elect Donald Trump's first childhood home (all times local):

Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Rates rise on short-term bills at weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction, with rates on three-month rates rising to their highest level since late December.

New legislators weigh ending Minnesota's Sunday booze ban

Kyle Potter and Brian Edwards, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

A ban on Sunday liquor sales that has been Minnesota law for more than eight decades could face a more aggressive challenge than usual this year due to an influx of new legislators and a push by one of the state's most powerful politicians.

Tiffany feels the Trump effect on 5th Avenue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

Security barricades, protesters and a perpetual media encampment in and around Trump Tower since the election tarnished sales at Tiffany, the posh jeweler whose flagship store is just steps from the president-elect's front door.

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:20pm

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

New York Times correspondent denied entry into Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:14pm

The New York Times reported that one of its correspondents was briefly detained by border officials in Turkey as he arrived Tuesday at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, then was forced to take a flight back to London with no explanation for why he had been refused entry into the country.