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Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:21pm

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:11pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.

Florida man gets prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:01pm

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say a Florida man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for defrauding over 70 investors of $3.3 million.

Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Utah: No EPA alert about metal in water after mine spill

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:41pm

Utah regulators say the Environmental Protection Agency didn't share data showing elevated levels of metals in the San Juan River after a massive mine waste spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states last year.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.

The Latest: Mine developer says partial approval is enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

The latest on Montana officials giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border. (all times local):

What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:40pm

What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:12pm

The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:01pm

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

Jeff Horwitz and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.

US rig count drops 30 this week to 541; Texas down 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.

Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:10am

Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.

Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:02am

Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. said Friday it will make the overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky, a region hard-hit by deadly heroin.

Maryland private universities launch financial aid program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

A group of Maryland private universities are launching a new financial aid program to match a state grant for students with financial need.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

Steve Szkotak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.

Delaware court upholds dismissal of GM shareholder suit

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:40am

Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by General Motors shareholders over faulty ignition switches.