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In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act.

Facebook CEO trying to buy out land near his Hawaii estate

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to court to gain ownership of isolated pockets of land tucked away within his sprawling estate in Hawaii, many of which are less than an acre and could be split between hundreds of owners in a situation unique to the islands.

Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20pm

Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

BNSF identifies 2 railroad workers killed in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:11pm

BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:01pm

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Inc. poses a threat to national security.

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:51pm

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:41pm

The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:20pm

With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:20pm

Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

Target names Rick Gomez new chief marketing officer

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Target says it is promoting Rick Gomez to executive vice president and chief marketing officer as the Minneapolis discounter looks to reverse traffic declines at its stores.

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

Group: Settlement will cut oil pollution at Washington dam

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:43pm

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday agreed to obtain a pollution permit to settle allegations that operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Correction: Chicago-Gun Ranges story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

In a Jan. 18 story about a federal appeals court ruling on Chicago's gun range ordinances, The Associated Press mischaracterized the nature of Judge Ilana Rovner's partial dissent. She disagreed with the majority that it was unconstitutional to require gun ranges to be a certain distance from schools, churches and other areas, not that it was unconstitutional to ban minors from gun ranges.

American Express misses forecasts, hurt by Costco loss

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

American Express' fourth-quarter profit fell 8 percent from the same period a year earlier, hurt by the loss of the Costco credit card business and higher expenses to retain customers.

French company Lafarge probed over alleged Syrian activity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:35pm

French authorities have launched an investigation of cement company Lafarge, which is suspected of illegal activities in Syria after the European Union imposed sanctions against the country in 2012.

Staff strikes again shutter Haiti's public hospitals

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:31pm

Public hospitals that cater to Haiti's poor are shuttered or barely functioning due to walkouts by nurses, janitors, porters and other personnel months after the troubled country endured a lengthy and punishing strike by resident doctors.

Study: Idaho natural gas and oil tax rates below many states

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:21pm

Idaho's effective tax rate on natural gas and oil production is less than half the average when compared with eight other producing states, according to a tax-comparison study released Thursday.

Union Pacific cost cuts offset declining shipments in 4Q

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:52pm

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit grew 2 percent as the railroad cut costs to offset a 3 percent decline in shipments.

CSX and Netflix advance while Rent-A-Center tumble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: