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Q&A: Illinois heading toward 2nd year with no state budget

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:50pm

Some Illinois schools and colleges are in jeopardy of closing and more social services and state programs are at risk of being eliminated amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has seen.

4 dead, 10 hurt in South Korean construction explosion

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:40pm

Four people died and 10 others were injured after an explosion at a subway construction site on Wednesday near the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Adelson settles lawsuit with ex-head of China casino unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:01pm

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is settling a long-running U.S. lawsuit with the former head of its Chinese arm, the company said Wednesday.

Chinese manufacturing surveys show lingering weakness

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:30pm

China's factory activity was feeble last month, according to two surveys released Wednesday, indicating that official efforts to reverse a downturn in the world's second-biggest economy are struggling.

Abe to put off tax hike to mute shocks to faltering economy

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:10pm

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due Wednesday to announce he is postponing a sales tax hike to help nurture along Japan's economic recovery.

Alaska Legislature passes compromise state operating budget

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:00pm

The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday passed a compromise state operating budget that restored funding for public schools, reduced a proposed cut to the university system and aimed to prevent layoff warnings being sent to state workers.

Denver Post names 1st woman editor in 124-year history

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:50pm

Lee Ann Colacioppo has been named editor of The Denver Post, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper's nearly 124-year history.

California pension fund CEO sentenced for bribery

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:50pm

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former head of the nation's largest public pension fund to four and 1/2 years in prison in a case in which the pension fund CEO acknowledged accepting more than $200,000 in bribes and trying to steer investments to help an associate.

Documents show aggressive sales tactics at Trump University

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:31pm

Trump University gave employees detailed instructions on how to entice people to enroll in its real estate seminars, from targeting people making at least $90,000 a year and choosing words of flattery that are most persuasive to picking music for the gatherings — The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money."

Colorado court: Ski resorts not liable for avalanches

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:00pm

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that avalanches are among the "inherent dangers of skiing" so ski resorts can't be held liable for people killed by slides within their boundaries.

Tesla says software update will fix Model X doors

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:50pm

Tesla Motors said Tuesday that two upcoming software updates should fix persistent glitches with the futuristic rear doors on its Model X SUV.

Doctors describe shark bite wound after California attack

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:50pm

The semi-circular shark bite stretched from Maria Korcsmaros' shoulder to her pelvis, with teeth marks visible in the shredded flesh of her arm and torso.

Senate backs even more in reserves, merit-based pay raises

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:40pm

Senate Republicans said Tuesday their proposed North Carolina budget adjustments puts even more money aside in reserves to soften economic downturns than the House spending plan did while emphasizing performance-based raises for state employees and teachers.

Missouri senator pushes to help vets exposed to mustard gas

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:51pm

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday rolled out legislation aimed at helping World War II veterans she said were exposed to mustard gas by the military, a practice a daughter of one Missouri veteran said led to chronic health issues for her father.

Report: Mental hospital workers improperly used restraints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:40pm

Workers at a state-run mental health hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects, a federal inspection concluded.

South Dakota sales tax increasing to fund teacher pay raises

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:10pm

Shoppers are set to spend a little more at the store when South Dakota's historic half-cent sales tax hike for teacher pay takes effect.

Boyd Gaming sells its 50 percent stake in Borgata to MGM

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:50pm

Boyd Gaming said Tuesday it's selling its 50 percent stake in Atlantic City's top casino to MGM Resorts International, which owns the other half.

Canada's assisted suicide bill approved by House of Commons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

Canada's House of Commons has passed the government's proposed assisted suicide law.

The Latest: Arizona sheriff could see more contempt hearings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

The Latest on a hearing for contempt-of-court violations for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):