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Senators unveil their version of Louisiana operating budget

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 4:20pm

Louisiana's senators prioritized home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled Monday as they crafted their version of next year's nearly $26 billion state operating budget, which would leave the TOPS college tuition program and safety net hospitals short.

Few Memorial Day airport headaches, most wait times bearable

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 3:30pm

Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits were instead moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly Monday, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend drew to close.

Puerto Rico debates consequences of paying off debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 3:20pm

Puerto Rico's budget director says the U.S. territory cannot pay off its debt and provide essential services at the same time.

Burkina Faso provisionally frees ex-ruling party head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 1:40pm

A military tribunal in Burkina Faso says it has provisionally released the chairman of the country's former ruling party pending further investigations into a short-lived September coup.

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 1:40pm

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday.

State to consider privatizing youth detention centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 12:50pm

The state is seeking contractors to look into the feasibility of privatizing four of its juvenile detention facilities.

LATAM airlines to suspend flights to Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 12:40pm

Latin America's largest airline says it's suspending its flights to Venezuela.

The Latest: Verizon union says pact protects American jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:20am

The Latest on a tentative agreement to end a strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers (all times local):

German govt to help dairy farmers as milk prices fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:10am

Germany says it will provide at least 100 million euros ($112 million) to help the country's milk producers who have been suffering from falling prices.

Food Lion co-founder Ketner dies at age 95

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:10am

The co-founder of the Food Lion grocery store chain has died.

For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:50am

The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors.

Global stocks rise as UK, US markets remain shut for holiday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:30am

Major stock markets overseas have moved higher today amid greater optimism about the global economy.

Replica of Jefferson's Monticello home goes up for auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:30am

A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block.

Romania charges 77 doctors in bribery case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:30am

Romanian prosecutors say they have charged dozens of doctors with taking bribes after a pharmaceutical company paid for vacations for them in India in exchange for promoting anti-cancer medicine to patients.

Interactive exhibits among highlights of updated Ford museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:01am

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will reopen soon after months of renovations.

Spanish man in rush for plane causes Cologne security scare

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 9:30am

A Spanish man in a rush for his plane caused a security scare at Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport Monday when he skirted security screening, causing authorities to shut down and evacuate a terminal and stop all departures from it for more than two hours, police said.

Rehabilitation agency says budget cuts will trim services

Jeff Amy and Nassim Benchaabane, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:40am

Another Mississippi government agency says that state budget cuts beginning July 1 are likely to cause service reductions.

North Dakota ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:31am

North Dakota's hog and dairy industries are hoping voters will bless state lawmakers' decision to allow non-family corporations to own operations, but it could be a tough sell in a state that has safeguarded its family farming heritage for nearly a century.

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:31am

The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but proponents of the barge industry acknowledge they're still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be profitable.

Texas trying revamped sex offender treatment program

Betsy Blaney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:31am

Outside of a struggling West Texas town, about a mile from the high school, sits a one-story brick building, its perimeter fencing topped with razor wire. Since last fall, it's been home to some of Texas' most violent sex offenders.