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Smokers and polluters in New Zealand hit with higher taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 9:00pm

Smokers and polluters in New Zealand will get hit with higher taxes as part of the government's economic plan.

Central Indiana county approves livestock farm restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:51pm

A central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on big livestock farms limiting where those farms with hundreds or thousands of animals can be built.

Takata taps asset management firm Lazard to help recall woes

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:41pm

Money-losing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. hired financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard on Thursday to help tackle financial problems and massive recalls.

The Latest: University investigating mess at California lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:41pm

The Latest on trash left behind at a California lake after an annual trip by fraternity and sorority members (all times local):

Controller drops effort to repeal commerce tax on ballot

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:30pm

State Controller Ron Knecht said Wednesday that he's abandoning an effort to repeal Nevada's new commerce tax because a recent court setback made it too difficult to gather the signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot.

Ohio airport to be named in honor of astronaut John Glenn

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:20pm

Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

The Latest: Bill naming John Glenn airport passes in Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 8:10pm

The Latest on legislation naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn (all times local):

Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push own budget

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:51pm

Amid howls of protest from Republicans, the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a spending plan for next year Wednesday without considering any of the pro-business legislation GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants as part of a deal to end an historic budget stalemate.

Feds say Turkish celebrity who faces prison is a flight risk

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:10pm

A Turkish celebrity who lived the high life as he enabled Iran to overcome U.S. sanctions and deceive the United States and the international banking system for years is a flight risk and shouldn't get bail, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:10pm

Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10.

Phones fuel great growth potential for US Internet gambling

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:01pm

Internet gambling has tremendous growth potential in the United States as ever-greater percentages of the public use smartphones, participants in a major gambling conference said Wednesday.

Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report

Michael Biesecker and Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:00pm

Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."

3rd person charged in investigation of coal exec's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 6:40pm

A third person was charged Wednesday in the death of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield.

Alabama speaker's former chief of staff takes stand

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 6:00pm

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's former chief of staff testified Wednesday that he became uncomfortable at times when Hubbard's personal business dealings appeared to intersect with the official functions of his office.

United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary Clinton

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 5:00pm

The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

House proposes budget plan, includes $700M bump for schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 4:50pm

Illinois public schools would receive a $700 million increase to battle poverty under a budget plan proposed by the House majority leader.

Baker, legislative leaders, unveil health care pricing plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 4:40pm

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and top legislative Democrats have unveiled a plan they hope will avoid a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.

PetSmart severs ties with Pennsylvania small-animal supplier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 4:30pm

Another major pet retailer has severed ties with a small-animal supplier amid a federal investigation into conditions inside its Pennsylvania facility.

Shipwreck from 1800s uncovered in Boston's Seaport District

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 4:21pm

A shipwreck from the 1800s has been uncovered during construction in Boston's Seaport District.