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Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:36am

A Utah lawmaker is riding a national wave of debate over whether to tax tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

Yellen: Slower rate hikes if economy disappoints

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:30am

The widening fallout from global economic woes may compel the Federal Reserve to slow the pace of future rate hikes, but it doesn't see any immediate need to reverse course and lower rates, Chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers Wednesday.

Latest: State boosting level of testing, services in Flint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:30am

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

In Illinois, Obama to plead for a unity that's eluded him

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:30am

Nine years ago to the day, Barack Obama stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president, declaring that "the ways of Washington must change." On Wednesday, Obama returns to the Illinois capital at the twilight of his political career, pleading once again for the type of national unity that has eluded him as president.

HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:21am

HBO Now has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched on Apple TV in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers last year.

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:31am

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state.

NRF forecasts retail sales growth of 3.1 percent in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

The National Retail Federation is forecasting retail spending growth of 3.1 percent in 2016, a slowdown from the group's annual estimate a year ago.

The Latest: European markets close up amid Yellen comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:21am

The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local):

Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver

Tom Krisher and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:00am

Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has found.

President: Czechs paid $6.2M ransom to Pakistan kidnappers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:40am

The Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013, President Milos Zeman said Wednesday.

Hospital system agrees to settlement with Attorney General

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:31am

St. Luke's Health System has agreed to give hospitals in McCall and Mountain Home back to their taxing districts as part of a settlement with the Idaho Attorney General's office.

Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; budget gap at $850M

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:21am

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of about $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to rebalance the state's spending plan.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:20am

The Legislature's budget committee has approved state health officials' request to spend more on Wisconsin's mental health institutes.

Burger King's next conquest: Hot dog king

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:01am

Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.

Rwanda hopes to use drones to deliver medical supplies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:00am

Rwanda's government has signed an agreement with a U.S.-based robotics company to build infrastructure for drones that would deliver medical supplies to health facilities across the country.

VW, Audi recall 850,000 vehicles to fix air bag inflators

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:51am

Volkswagen and Audi say they are recalling 850,000 vehicles with suspect air bag inflators in the United States.

Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker charged in payday loan scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:50am

Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker has been charged in a payday lending operation offering quick cash over the Internet to desperate people.

The Latest: Snyder wants to expand state police in cities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:01am

The Latest on Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal (all times local):

Montgomery votes against WVU Tech relocation agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:50am

Montgomery City Council members voted against an agreement that offers economic support from West Virginia University if the city promises not to sue over the relocation for WVU Institute of Technology from Montgomery to Beckley.