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VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

Storm-battered California roads to cost $600 million to fix

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

The bill to repair California's roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies, and the costs are mounting for other badly damaged infrastructure just two months into 2017.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Monster Energy tries to give NASCAR buzz as title sponsor

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Kurt Busch's car could have been parked at an auto show. Models in skimpy attire lingered around his Monster Energy car, posing for a steady stream of fans wanting snapshots and selfies.

Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates.

GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Thomas Beaumont and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:39pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Latest: Trump hosts Peru's president at White House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:30pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

NAACP urges North Carolina boycott over conservative laws

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

The NAACP urged religious conferences, athletic events and musicians on Friday to avoid North Carolina as part of a national boycott protesting the state's conservative policies including a law limiting LGBT protections.

Puerto Rico governor meets with top US officials amid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

Puerto Rico's governor has met with the U.S. treasury and health secretaries to seek support in pulling the island out of a deep economic crisis.

The Latest: North Carolina leaders trade jabs over boycott

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:07pm

The Latest on an NAACP economic boycott of North Carolina over the state's conservative policies (all times local):

US stocks dip as banks and energy companies fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:58pm

U.S. stocks are losing ground Friday as banks fall and energy companies continue to slide. The Dow Jones industrial average is on track to break a 10-day winning streak. The losses are modest, but there's far more selling than buying on Wall Street.

US rig count increases 3 this week to 754; Texas up 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:30pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 754.

Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:18pm

Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.

Correction: Trump-Manufacturing story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:07pm

In a story Feb. 23 about a meeting that President Donald Trump held with two dozen manufacturing executives, The Associated Press referred incorrectly to Doug Oberhelman as the CEO of Caterpillar Inc. Oberhelman is the current chairman and former CEO of Caterpillar.

The Latest: Protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:27am

The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local):

Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town

Gino MacEli, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:06am

Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea.

Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:50am

George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:47am

Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.