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Tesla Motors 1Q net loss widens on Model X woes

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. racked up a big loss in the first quarter because of production problems with its new SUV, but investors cheered the news that it's on target to meet its delivery goals this year and bring its new, low-cost car to market by 2017.

Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, federal health experts say, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place.

GM to resume production at 4 plants idled by Japan quakes

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

General Motors is on track to resume full operations at four North American plants where vehicle assembly has been halted because of supply chain interruptions caused by earthquakes in Japan.

Ohio Senate rejects House changes to labor-related bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

State senators have rejected a proposal that would have prohibited Ohio cities, townships, school districts and public universities from requiring the use of unionized labor on construction projects.

Gov. Bentley signs medical marijuana oil bill into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:41pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation into law to legalize the possession of medicinal marijuana oil.

Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:32pm

The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.

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Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:31pm

Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts.

Beshear examining validity of Bevin vetoes, other cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:21pm

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear says he is looking into the validity of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's budget vetoes and his mid-year reductions of several state agencies.

Report: Children worked at a few RJR contract tobacco farms

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:20pm

A report about the practices of farmers who sell tobacco to R.J. Reynolds shows that a few growers had children under the age of 13 working in their fields, violating a pledge by the company to ban the hiring of people so young.

Illinois lawmakers urge Boeing not to sell aircraft to Iran

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

Three Republican congressmen from Illinois are urging the chief executive officer of Chicago-based Boeing to avoid doing business with Iran and not sell aircraft to upgrade its fleet.

Blue Bell recalls Cookies 'n Cream mislabeled Rocky Road

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select lots of Rocky Road pint packages mistakenly filled with Cookies n' Cream ice cream at its flagship Brenham plant.

The Latest: Company says gunman acted alone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

The Latest on a fatal shooting at a Texas transportation company (all times local):

Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:10pm

A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said.

Whole Foods sees key sales figure decline again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:52pm

Whole Foods says sales declined 3 percent at established locations during its fiscal second quarter as it prepares to launch an offshoot chain intended to expand its customer base.

Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

An environmental group is asking a federal judge to halt a United States government program that allows the export of tens of thousands of bobcat pelts and a small number of gray wolf pelts for sale on the international fur market.

APNewsBreak: WNBA, union amend CBA for overseas play fines

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:50pm

The WNBA and its players union have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement on fines for overseas play.

Hulu to sell Internet TV package with live programming

Mae Anderson and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

Hulu is expanding its Internet TV programming with a subscription service offering a mix of live cable and broadcast options that will include news and sports.

Europe Central Bank to halt production of 500-euro bills

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:12pm

Production of the 500-euro banknote is being discontinued amid concerns it had become too popular among crooks and money launderers.

Pig that attacked, injured 2 people on farm to be euthanized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

Authorities say a pig that attacked two people on a Massachusetts farm will be euthanized and tested for rabies.