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Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:20pm

A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:50pm

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:50pm

Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.

Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:04pm

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:04pm

U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.

APNewsBreak: Review critical of workplace safety policy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:50pm

An inspection has found the state child welfare agency's safety policy didn't have comprehensive measures to protect employees from workplace assaults when a social worker was shot dead outside her office building last August.

Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:41pm

A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Kansas Senate advances bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:40pm

A bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents has received first-round approval in the state Senate.

Snyder plans university funding above when he took office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:40pm

Gov. Rick Snyder will propose that Michigan's 15 public universities get 4.3 percent more in state operations funding in the next fiscal year.

A look at Obama's final budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:30pm

President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:

Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:30pm

A Long Island artist sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others Tuesday over the use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album, saying he never expected portraits he posted on a fan blog two years ago to be used without his permission.

Kansas private school tuition bill passes first hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:20pm

A tax credit program to help low-income families pay for private school passed a key hurdle this week when a majority of House Education Committee members approved a major expansion.

NTSB: Segregate rechargeable battery shipments on planes

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:20pm

The government should require that air shipments of rechargeable batteries be separated from other flammable cargo to prevent uncontrollable fires that can destroy planes, the chairman of a federal accident investigations board said Tuesday.

Nebraska company to ship beef to Israel, officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:10pm

Nebraska authorities say a Hastings company will be sending the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since Israel banned U.S. beef imports more than a dozen years ago.

FDA panel backs lower-cost version of J&J's top-selling drug

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:02pm

Federal health advisers on Tuesday endorsed a lower-cost version of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster Remicade, a pricey biotech medicine used to treat a number of inflammatory diseases.

UAW adds to unfair labor practices allegations at Volkswagen

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:00pm

The United Auto Workers alleges that Volkswagen has failed to consult with a newly elected maintenance workers union on a range of issues from vending machine prices to out-of-pocket prescription drug costs despite a union victory at the plant in December.

Florida court hears case challenging abortion law

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:51pm

Florida's First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether they should lift an order that blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:31pm

The Idaho House has approved legislation to cap the state's homeowner property tax exemption. Under the bill, the maximum exemption would be $100,000. State law allows qualified homeowners to claim the property tax exemption for their primary dwelling and up to one acre of land.

Despite problems charter schools could get more state money

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:30pm

School districts across the state could be forced to share local property taxes with charter schools under a bill now moving in the Florida House.