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Coal royalty program changes frozen by Trump administration

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:54pm

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs' meeting

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:46pm

Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people's health coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:55pm

Malaysia's health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.

Jack White launches vinyl record plant in Detroit

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:27pm

Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him.

Germany: Man hits 3 with car and flees, is shot by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:07pm

A man drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said. One of the victims later died.

The Latest: Syrian opposition hints govt behind Homs attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:59pm

The Latest on developments in Syria and at peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

Buffett's firm says 4Q profit up 15 percent on investments

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:49pm

Warren Buffett's company says fourth-quarter profit improved 15 percent, but most of the gains came from the paper value of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s investments and derivatives contracts.

Final cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:14pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

How to capture a runaway NY bull? Bring in the cowboys

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:17am

Is there a cowboy in the house?

Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:16am

The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.

New Wyoming license plates to feature changes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:57am

There will be some changes to Wyoming's vehicle license plates this year.

Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:45am

Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding.

New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:45am

The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during Sunday's Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing.

Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:37am

The leaders of a Minnesota nonprofit that works to improve the lives of young Somalis knew the stakes were high when they rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlier this month.

Missing reports prompt review of Texas police shootings law

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:28am

Police in Texas could soon find it easier to report officer-involved shootings to the state — but they also may pay a price for failing to do so.

In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:28am

Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House.

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Carla K. Johnson and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:01am

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

France charges 2nd person tied to National Front in probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:47am

French prosecutors have issued preliminary charges against a contractor for the far-right National Front party who's close to its presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, in an investigation into financing political campaigns in 2014 and 2015.

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:47am

Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:14am

China's announcement that it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.