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Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:10pm

A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.

The Latest: Nurses back health care for all in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:03pm

The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal (all times local):

Trump tax cut: Huge, vague and likely mild boost for economy

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:53pm

President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.

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Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

Josh Boak and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:37pm

Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals — outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules.

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:18pm

Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday.

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California considers remaking health care to dump insurers

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:16pm

A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.

HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:56pm

The CEO of a heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.

Edwards Lifesciencse and Deckers rise; US Steel plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:36pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Stock indexes wobble as White House unveils tax plan

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:15pm

Stock indexes wobbled between modest gains and losses Wednesday, as the White House unveiled broad outlines of its plan to slash tax rates but left many of the details to be determined.

Governor wants to out those hired to film animal cruelty

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:06pm

A bill drawn up by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would make public the names of animal activists hired to film undercover footage of animal cruelty.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it.

ESPN laying off 100 on-air employees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

Some 100 on-air personalities at ESPN, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, have lost their jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring that emphasizes a more digital future.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:48pm

"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.

Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:45pm

Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:40pm

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast.

Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. The broader bill would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul.

The Latest: White House about-face on payments to insurers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

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):