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Settlement would have companies pay millions for spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:10am

Residential customers and small businesses could receive thousands of dollars under a proposed settlement with the companies sued for a chemical spill and resulting water crisis in West Virginia's capital area three years ago.

General transportation strike brings much of Brazil to halt

Mauricio Savarese and Yesica Fisch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:56am

Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as protesters blocked roads and scuffled with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labor laws and the pension system.

George HW Bush released after latest Houston hospital stay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:56am

Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay.

Reporter Q&A: What to look for at Southeast Asian summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:46am

Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region.

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:46am

Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration.

Puerto Rico faces bank closure, privatizations amid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:46am

Puerto Rico faces new measures to help offset its economic crisis including a water rate increase, privatization of government operations and the closure of a bank that once oversaw the island's debt transactions.

US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:36am

The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

Acosta sworn in as 27th US labor secretary

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:35am

Vice President Mike Pence has sworn in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

The Latest: Lawmakers seek new war powers resolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:27am

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Tight funding could eliminate beds at Wyoming State Hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:25am

Wyoming Department of Health officials say they might have to shut down parts of the State Hospital in Evanston if they don't get enough funding.

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:17am

With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:17am

A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

The Latest: Russia: Montenegro adds little to NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:07am

The Latest on Montenegro and NATO membership (all times local):

No government shutdown for at least one week: Senate backs short-term spending bill, sends measure to Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:06am

No government shutdown for at least one week: Senate backs short-term spending bill, sends measure to Trump.

Correction: Exploding Air Bags-New Problem story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:55am

In a story April 19 about a woman injured by an exploding air bag inflator, The Associated Press reported erroneously that there is no federal law prohibiting salvage yards from selling recalled parts taken out of wrecked cars. A law prohibiting this was passed in 2000, although it is seldom enforced.

Wait for calorie count on burgers, pizza may get longer

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:51am

Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again.

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:50am

Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it.

Court: Affluent NY county is making fair housing 'excuses'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:47am

A federal appeals court says an affluent county north of New York City is "engaging in total obstructionism" of a plan to build affordable housing that can be marketed to nonwhites.

Germany says reviving G-8 with Russia 'not up for debate'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:25am

The German government says there are no plans to invite Russia to return to the club of leading industrialized nations.

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:14am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.