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Head of LeafLine to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

The head of one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers is leaving the company, just eight months after jumping to the company from his oversight role with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Health Department offers buyouts amid Oklahoma budget crisis

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday.

Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:32pm

What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.

The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

Brady McCombs and Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

Right fight; wrong strategy.

Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has voted to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved.

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Utah: No EPA alert about metal in water after mine spill

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

Utah regulators said Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency didn't alert the state to data showing elevated levels of metals found in the San Juan River after a massive mine waste spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states last year.

State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion

Rashah McChesney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:21pm

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:11pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.

Florida man gets prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:01pm

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say a Florida man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for defrauding over 70 investors of $3.3 million.

Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Latest: Mine developer says partial approval is enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

The latest on Montana officials giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border. (all times local):