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Illinois budget standoff forces 300 layoffs at Chicago State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:50am

Chicago State University laid off more than 300 employees, about a third of its workforce, after emergency state funding recently approved amid Illinois' ongoing budget stalemate proved too little to prevent the cuts.

The Latest: Buffett shares early first-quarter results

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:50am

The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting. Tens of thousands of people will fill an arena to listen to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for more than five hours (all times local):

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:21am

Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.

Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm special

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:10am

Berkshire Hathaway's peculiarities are on display again this weekend with tens of thousands of people filling an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for hours at the conglomerate's annual meeting.

Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 8:41am

Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:50am

Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break.

Wee-lief! Dogs get airport bathrooms of their own

William Mathis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:41am

Little Simba couldn't wait to check it out.

Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration

Kirsten Grieshaber and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 5:20am

Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago, but still feels like a foreigner and speaks in broken German.

House, Senate adjourn without reaching budget deal

Bob Christie and Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 12:00am

The Legislature adjourned for the weekend as negotiations over the state's $9.58 billion budget package fell apart in the House late Friday night before a deal could be reached.

Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:50pm

Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.

The Latest: Legislature done for weekend amid budget chaos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 10:50pm

The Latest on legislative action an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):

Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:31pm

Hawaii lawmakers negotiated final details on dozens of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements.

The Latest: Hawaii advances bills on hot classrooms, ferries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:11pm

The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature negotiating dozens of bills before a deadline (all times local):

Panama experts to recommend financial system cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:30pm

Panama's government established a committee of independent experts Friday to make recommendations on cleaning up the country's financial system, after leaks of documents from a Panamanian law firm caused an international uproar over offshore accounts.

Bloomberg to deliver commencement address at U. of Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:20pm

Businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be sharing his thoughts with students graduating from the University of Michigan.

Yahoo CEO could get $55M in severance pay in potential sale

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:51pm

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will walk away with a $55 million severance package if the company's auction of its Internet operations culminates in a sale that ousts her from her job.

Argentina floods swamp soy crop; some must commute by boat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:30pm

Water levels in the flooded town of Villa Paranacito have risen so much that the best way for residents to commute is by boat.

UN proposal demands combatants protect hospitals and doctors

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:30pm

A proposed U.N. resolution that supporters hope will be adopted next week demands that all parties to conflicts protect medical workers, hospitals and medical facilities against violence and attacks — and face justice if they don't.

Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:10pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps, according to a letter released Friday.