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Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 12:50am

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.

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.

Gov: Puerto Rico braces for lawsuits as major default looms

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:01pm

Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that the U.S. territory is bracing for multiple lawsuits as a major default looms over a $470 million bond payment.

Regulators close small Tennessee bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:50pm

Regulators are closing a small Tennessee bank, marking the second failure of a federally insured bank this year.

Sanders campaign withdraws suit against DNC over data breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:31pm

The campaign of Bernie Sanders has withdrawn a lawsuit accusing the Democratic National Committee of wrongfully cutting off its access to a voter database.

Polish firm cuts contracts with 2 stud farms amid turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:21pm

A private Polish company said it has ended its contracts with two well-known state-owned stud farms after managers were replaced by the government, highlighting the turmoil surrounding the farms that feature Arabian and other horses.

Top Venezuela beer maker halts production amid shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:11pm

Venezuela's largest brewer said it shut down beer production Friday at the last of its four factories due to a shortage of imported supplies.

First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:00pm

Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder.

Charge reduced for mall Easter bunny in brawl with kid's dad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:00pm

A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded.