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Lawmakers OK bill to avoid health care pricing ballot fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:02pm

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at avoiding a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.

Tech billionaire is unlikely Hulk Hogan ally in Gawker fight

Tamara Lush and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:01pm

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has an unlikely ally in his corner for his courtroom cage match with Gawker — a high-tech billionaire with a long-standing grudge against the news-and-gossip site.

Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:50pm

Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America's president facing deep divisions within the organization's membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks.

A day after the shouting, GOP and Democrats back talking

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:40pm

A day after Republicans booed and yelled at Illinois House Democrats for passing their own budget without GOP input, leaders from both parties and the governor resumed talks Thursday on how to end an 11-month budget stalemate.

Mississippi high court won't reconsider drug-pricing case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:20pm

The Mississippi Supreme Court is standing by its decision to uphold a $30 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.

After focus on social issues, Pence facing tough re-election

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:20pm

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence smiled for the TV cameras this month as a technology company announced plans to hire hundreds of new workers and add its name to the tallest tower in the Indianapolis skyline. Then the celebratory news conference took an awkward turn.

FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control addiction

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:10pm

Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time.

Militants shut down Chevron's Escravos, onshore in Nigeria

Hilary Uguru, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:00pm

Militants bombed a pipeline feeding electricity to Chevron's Escravos terminal Thursday, shutting down the U.S.-based oil major's onshore operations in Nigeria, the attackers and residents said.

France sending search ship to find EgyptAir black box

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:31pm

A French naval ship specialized in underwater searches will help search for the black box flight recorders of the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last week, killing all 66 aboard.

Nebraska pig supplier promises to investigate alleged abuses

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:22pm

A national pork supplier promised Thursday to investigate abuse allegations at one of its Nebraska facilities after an animal rights group released an undercover video showing pigs with open wounds and other health problems.

Shipwreck from 1800s uncovered in Boston's Seaport District

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

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

University of Kentucky to lay off up to 75 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

The University of Kentucky says it will lay off up to 75 people as part of a reorganization plan to cut $6 million in spending.

Correction: Commencement Speaker Costs story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:00pm

In a story May 20 on fees paid by colleges to commencement speakers, The Associated Press, relying on information from Rutgers University, reported erroneously that it had paid PBS journalist Bill Moyer $35,000 for an address. The university now says that Moyers had informed a school official before the ceremony that he would not accept the fee.

APNewsBreak: Poor suburb softens on merger with Cleveland

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:00pm

Leaders of one of Ohio's poorest cities have dropped their opposition to being annexed by neighboring Cleveland, a shift East Cleveland residents hope could provide basic services the city hasn't been able to afford for years.

Puerto Rico senators override veto, halt tax increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:50pm

Puerto Rico's governor has lost a battle to increase a business-to-business tax and impose a transition to a value-added tax system amid an economic crisis.

The Latest: 2nd man sentenced for stalking TV anchor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:41pm

The Latest on sentencing for the stalkers of two TV news anchors (all times local):

Tax fraud police search McDonald's French headquarters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:31pm

French police have searched McDonald's headquarters outside Paris after a probe was opened for alleged aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering against the local branch of the fast-food company.

Nevada panel recommends rooftop solar 'grandfathering'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:21pm

A Nevada task force wants to allow the state's early-adopter rooftop solar customers to go back to an older, more favorable rate structure.

CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding

Andrew Taylor and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:21pm

The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.

Markets Right Now: Stocks close mixed on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:21pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):