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Trump pays $25 million to settle Trump University cases

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:41pm

President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge's approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March 30.

In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:41pm

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama's agenda, but in an apparent bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate adopted a resolution Thursday calling the Democrat "one of the most consequential presidents in recent history."

Gubernatorial candidate says Otter's tax claim misleading

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:35pm

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher says Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is being misleading when he claims that he's cut $1 billion in tax relief over the past 11 years.

Perry says he regrets call to eliminate Energy Department

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:32pm

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the federal agency and insisted it performs a critical function.

Alaska floating strip club owner faces waste dump sentence

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

An Alaska man who operated a floating strip club bar on a converted crabbing boat faced sentencing Thursday after he was found guilty of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from the boat.

The Latest: Vet Affairs chief of staff to be interim head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

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The Latest: Pipeline protest clash causes injuries, arrests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

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Electric vehicle charging stations planned for Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:25pm

A planned network of electric-car charging stations that could carry drivers from Disneyland to Yellowstone has received a $4 million boost from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Former CP CEO teaming with investor to target CSX railroad

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:23pm

The executive who led the financial turnaround of Canadian Pacific railroad over the past five years is teaming up with an activist investor to target CSX railroad.

Bankers: Weak farm prices biggest threat to rural economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:21pm

Bankers across Middle America say depressed farm commodity prices are the biggest threat to the economy this year in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states.

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

Tom Krisher, Joan Lowy and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:00pm

Tesla Motors Inc. won't face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving.

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:54pm

A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

French company Lafarge probed over alleged Syrian activity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:51pm

French authorities say they have launched an investigation into French cement company Lafarge, which is suspected of illegal activities in Syria after the European Union imposed sanctions against the country in 2012.

Pipeline ruptures lead to settlement with Oklahoma company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:41pm

A subsidiary of Magellan Midstream Partners will complete $16 million in upgrades to pipelines and pay a $2 million fine as part of a federal settlement following pipeline ruptures in three states.

Dow erases gain for 2017 as stocks fall, bond yields climb

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:34pm

The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gain for the year on Thursday, part of a pullback for stock indexes as Treasury yields continued their upward march.

Capitol renovation lawsuit thrown out by Cheyenne judge

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:31pm

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit contesting how a $300 million project to renovate the Wyoming Capitol is being managed, but one of the people who sued said the decision will be appealed.

Democrats want GOP committee head to open up ethics meeting

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:31pm

Democrats want all members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to participate in a private meeting with the director of the Office of Government Ethics, and are frustrated that the Republican chairman has targeted the official for raising questions about President-elect Donald Trump's possible conflicts of interest.

Costco agrees to pay $12M over lax pharmacy practices

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:11pm

Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period.

Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:11pm

A medical device company in which Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed in December to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

US ends probe of Tesla Autopilot crash without seeking recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:00pm

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into a fatal crash involving Tesla Motors' Autopilot system without seeking a recall.