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West Coast dockworkers to vote on deal seeking labor peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

Dockworkers were given the chance Friday to vote on a new contract extension that could provide long-term labor peace at West Coast seaports, where in recent years work slowdowns and strikes have affected billions of dollars in cargo.

Federal energy regulator says she won't seek new term

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

One of the two remaining members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says she will not seek a second term, a move that could leave the five-member panel with a single commissioner and further hobble its ability to make decisions.

Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit's rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:34pm

Chicago's mayor said the city's public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge's decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.

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Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:34pm

Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory.

The Latest: Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:26pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Brazil judge grants release of businessman Eike Batista

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:16pm

A Supreme Court justice in Brazil has ruled that a businessman who was once one of the world's richest people should be allowed out of prison while waiting to be tried for corruption.

Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:07pm

A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.

2nd company shuts oil, gas wells after fatal Colorado blast

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:56pm

A second petroleum company said it would shut down and inspect wells after a fatal house explosion near a gas well in Colorado, although investigators have not said whether the well was the cause.

Regional rail service resumes after Amtrak power problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20pm

Service on a regional rail line serving suburban Philadelphia has been restored an hour after Amtrak power problems halted trains during big events including the NFL Draft and the Penn Relays track and field competition taking place in the city.

California seeks control of unruly medical pot industry

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:40pm

California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry.

Personal tragedy shaped congressman's effort on health care

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:37pm

New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur has experienced personal tragedy and understands the need for health insurance.

Navajo coal plant closure could cause 1,000 job losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:27pm

Officials in remote areas of Utah and Arizona say the recent decision to shut down a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona is expected to cause about 1,000 job losses in an area already struggling with high unemployment.

Alphabet paid Google CEO Sundar Pichai $200M in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:27pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai (soon-DAHR pee-CHAY) received a $200 million compensation package last year for running the internet company that makes nearly all the money for Alphabet Inc.

Puerto Rico faces bank closure, privatizations amid crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

Puerto Ricans will be facing a water rate increase, privatization of government operations and the closure of a bank that once oversaw the island's debt transactions, officials said Friday as they worked on measures to offset an economic crisis.

Huge Maryland apartment fire burned for days, now fully out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

A huge fire that burned for days in a six-story apartment building under construction in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital has now been declared extinguished.

The Latest: 2nd company shuts gas wells after deadly blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

The Latest on a fatal house explosion near a Colorado gas well (all times local):

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:55pm

From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns.

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

Sam Hananel and Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:55pm

A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem's bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:47pm

Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.

Time board: company not for sale; stock plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

Time's stock tumbled Friday after the publisher said its board is not considering a sale of the company.