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Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:20pm

Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

A look at the House panel's vote on a medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:11pm

The House health care committee passed a Senate-approved bill Tuesday that would expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law. The 8-6 vote for Sen. Fred Mills' proposal sends it to the full House for consideration. Here's how committee members voted:

The Latest: House OKs first Arizona budget bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:01pm

The Latest on Arizona's budget (all times local):

MetLife fined $20M for variable annuities switches

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:00pm

MetLife has been fined $20 million by Wall Street's policing body for misleading customers in switching them from variable annuities contracts into more expensive ones.

Election guide: Democrats running for West Virginia governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:00pm

Three Democrats are running in West Virginia's May 10 gubernatorial primary.

Rich newspaper owners: Industry savior or foe?

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:50pm

The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty, but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage.

US ends Ford pickup probe without seeking recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:40pm

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into power brake assist failures in Ford F-150 pickup trucks without seeking a recall.

Arizona House, Senate debate budget after K-12 agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:31pm

The Arizona Legislature on Tuesday finally began debating a spending package for the state budget year that begins July 1 after a week of wrangling over additional funding for K-12 schools that wasn't included in the initial budget agreement.

Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:21pm

Honda and Nissan have never had as good an April as they had last month in the United States.

France threatens 'no' to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:20pm

France is threatening to reject a huge free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:12pm

When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally.

Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry leaked to journalists

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:11pm

Memos from Egypt's Interior Ministry that were leaked to the media on Tuesday outline strategies for deflecting public outrage over recent arrests and suggest the prosecutor general impose a gag order on the case of an Italian student abducted and killed in Cairo.

Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:10pm

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and then fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.

Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:10pm

America's love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while Toyota broke a record for SUV and truck sales.

Federal official: DC subway hasn't improved safety

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:10pm

Washington's subway system did not make meaningful safety improvements between a deadly collision in 2009 and a fatal fire in 2015, and some of the safety problems date back to the system's first fatal accident in 1982, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Morgan State University designated a national treasure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:00pm

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is naming Morgan State University a national treasure.

DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:51am

More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation's capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession.

Superintendent: Jackson Public Schools in financial crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:40am

The Jackson Public Schools district is facing a financial crisis prompted by decreased state funding, the schools superintendent said.

Saudi labor minister vows Binladin workers to be paid soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:40am

Saudi Arabia's labor minister said Tuesday that some employees of the Saudi Binladin Group will receive their salaries this month and others soon thereafter.