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Latest wilderness plans draw fire from New Mexico ranchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:17pm

New Mexico's two senators have introduced legislation they say has been years in the making to set aside tens of thousands of acres as wilderness on opposite ends of the state in areas recently designated as national monuments.

VW exec arrested in US emissions scandal appears in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:17pm

A Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the U.S. before he could fly home to Germany has appeared in Detroit federal court on charges related to the company's emissions scandal.

Matt Reeves steps in to direct 'The Batman'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:08pm

"Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film.

Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:57pm

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:54pm

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions.

The Latest: Protest camp transition center underused, closed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:46pm

The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen."

Grain lower; livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:07pm

Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is promising to boost traffic at smaller airports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when it starts service to Europe this summer from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Former tech CEO gets prison in US after self-exile in Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:40am

A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges for a decade by fleeing to Africa has been sentenced in New York City to 30 months in prison.

US stocks waver as investors back away from industrials

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:34am

Major U.S. indexes are mixed Thursday as investors sell industrial companies, which have surged over the last few months. Stocks that pay big dividends, like utilities, are climbing. Technology companies are trading lower, which could end a 15-day winning streak for the sector.

Aretha Franklin birth home may get DIY Network overhaul

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

The Memphis home where soul music legend Aretha Franklin was born may get some love from the DIY Network, officials in charge of fixing up the crumbling structure said Thursday.

Taco Bell pulling popular chicken-shelled chalupa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast food chain's menu despite its popularity.

West Jordan residents plead guilty to investment scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

Two West Jordan residents accused of defrauding hundreds of investors have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Police begin making arrests in pipeline protest camp

James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave.

Mnuchin says goal is to pass tax reform by August

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

Austria pressing fraud charges against Airbus over fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:56am

Austria's defense minister says that state prosecutors have begun preliminary proceedings on suspicion of fraud against Airbus and an affiliated company regarding his country's purchase of 15 combat aircraft.

Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:56am

Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

Former legislator ordered to pay $4.3M in defamation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:46am

An Oklahoma jury has ordered a former state legislator to pay $4.3 million to an insurance company in a defamation case.

Plight of company towns: finding a new identity

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:32am

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."