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Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they're sick

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:06pm

Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures.

Chesapeake says it has no plans to file for bankruptcy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:51pm

Chesapeake Energy sought to assure investors Monday that it is not planning to file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement came after a news report that said it hired a law firm spooked investors and sent its stock plummeting.

TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:33pm

The Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril.

More budget cuts likely for Oklahoma schools, roads, prisons

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:10pm

Budget cuts of 3 percent that began in January for Oklahoma agencies, including its public schools, will grow deeper beginning in March, the state's finance director warned on Monday.

FAA: More registered drone operators than registered planes

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:10pm

The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft.

Gap reports 7 pct drop for a key sales figure for 4Q

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:00pm

Gap Inc. reported slumping sales at all three brands for the crucial fourth-quarter, which covers the holiday season.

College-accrediting agency sends warning amid budget impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:41pm

The state budget impasse could have "significant" consequences for the public colleges and universities in Illinois, according to a higher-education accrediting agency.

Sales tax hike for teacher pay passes state House committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:40pm

A legislative panel has approved the half-cent sales tax increase that helps fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state's tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years. House lawmakers spiked a prior version of the legislation earlier this year after objecting to the bill's removal of unenforceable language banning same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns.

Abortion-rights advocates hold reproductive health rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

Abortion-rights organizations, students and Kansas House members are rallying against legislation banning access to reproductive health care.

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

The University of Kansas could be forced to raise private funds to help pay off $327 million in bonds for construction projects under a measure a state Senate committee added Monday to budget legislation.

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.

Cabin smoke forces flight back to Arizona; passengers unhurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:31pm

A commercial flight headed to Los Angeles filled with smoke, turned around and made an emergency landing in Tucson, Arizona, where some passengers had to jump from the airplane to the runway.

Chicago State students, faculty protest budget impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:20pm

Chicago State University students and faculty members took to the streets to protest the Illinois budget standoff that is threatening to force the closing of the school.

Vermont attorney general drops probe of environmentalist

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:20pm

The Vermont attorney general's office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist has operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators.

Indiana to lift most bird flu-related restrictions soon

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:41pm

Animal health officials monitoring the bird flu outbreak in southwestern Indiana say they will lift most restrictions in two weeks if ongoing testing finds no additional infections.

Gov't creates new student aid enforcement office

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:21pm

The Obama administration is taking new steps to protect students amid increased scrutiny of for-profit colleges and other schools.

Prescription drug database up again in Missouri House

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:01pm

As opioid overdoses increasingly draw attention in Congress and statehouses across the U.S., Missouri lawmakers are again considering a proposal for a prescription monitoring program that would bring the state in line with all others.

Cyprus ends tender for medium-term gas supply

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:01pm

Cyprus' Natural Gas Co. says it has ended a two-year bid to find suppliers of natural gas to fire up the east Mediterranean island's main power plant.