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Disney CEO meets Chinese president ahead of park opening

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

The head of entertainment giant Disney had a rare official meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a month before the opening of its $5.5 billion theme park in the country's financial hub of Shanghai.

Merck beats 1Q profit forecasts

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

Merck & Co. (MRK) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.13 billion.

Beijing tightens hospital oversight following man's death

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:50am

China's government health care regulator on Thursday ordered hospitals not to outsource medical services or promote false advertising amid a public outcry over the death of a young man who received expensive but ineffective treatments for a rare form of cancer.

Education officials urged to protect transgender students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:10am

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

Corruption complaint filed against Philippine candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:10am

A Philippine senator filed a corruption complaint on Thursday alleging that the front-runner in the country's presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, hired 11,000 non-existent employees whose salaries cost the government 708 million pesos ($15 million) in 2014.

NYC workplace protections take effect for family caregivers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00am

Workplace protections are now in place for New York City residents who also have caregiving responsibilities at home.

Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00am

In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass.

Markets Right Now: European markets gets some respite

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:50am

The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

State and Nashville nursing home team up for job fair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:30am

Cumberland Health Care and Rehabilitation and the Middle Tennessee Career Coach will be hosting a job fair for those interested in both skilled and unskilled work at the nursing home.

Boeing Co. drone unit to open office at Mississippi State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:20am

A unit of Chicago-based Boeing Co. is opening an office in Starkville to work with Mississippi State University's unmanned aircraft center.

Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:10am

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.

Fired up by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:52am

With the Obama administration counting down its final year, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president's health care law, unsure about its place among their party's achievements.

House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:52am

Vape away.

House OK's plan to send frail prisoners to nursing homes

Michael Gerstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:50am

About 120 frail prisoners a year would be released to live in a nursing home under a plan approved by the Michigan House late Wednesday.

Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:20am

California has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November.

Kansas City streetcars making comeback after 6-decade hiatus

Bill Draper, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 12:00am

Six decades after Kansas City shuttered one of the nation's largest streetcar networks, a modern but much smaller version is set to open in its central business district — a project supporters say already has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of downtown development.

Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died

Michelle Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 11:20pm

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82.

Latest: House tries to rally votes for Detroit schools bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 9:00pm

The Latest on Detroit's financially struggling schools, which saw teacher sick-outs this week (all times local):

Lawmakers vote to allow coverage of 3-D mammograms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:50pm

Connecticut lawmakers have passed legislation that attempts to encourage 3-D breast screening.

California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:40pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.