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US rig count drops 5 this week to 415, another all-time low

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:40pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by five this week to 415, another all-time low amid depressed energy prices.

Grain higher, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:40pm

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

The Latest: Arizona Senate OKs KidsCare, sends to governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:31pm

The Latest on the legislative effort to restore KidsCare (all times local):

US consumer borrowing jumps 10 percent in March

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:31pm

U.S. consumers sharply increased use of their credit cards in March, pushing up total borrowing at the fastest pace in more than a decade.

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:30pm

A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital.

Arizona ruling: Docs' medical marijuana immunity is limited

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:21pm

The Arizona Supreme Court says immunity provided doctors under the state's medical marijuana law for certifying patients to use pot only applies to the medical certifications, not other conduct such as making false statements in documents.

San Francisco accuses arts school of illegal dorms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:21pm

San Francisco is suing one of the city's largest property owners, alleging the popular arts college has illegally removed hundreds of apartment units from a tight housing market.

Lawyers clash on mental competency of media mogul Redstone

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:20pm

Lawyers on both sides agree that ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone was being manipulated in the months before he expelled a longtime companion from his life.

Florida grand jury indicts charter school management company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:11pm

A Florida Panhandle grand jury has indicted a charter school management company and three vendors on charges that it fraudulently billed a charter school for supplies, equipment and services.

Missouri governor signs $27 billion budget despite concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:11pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a $27.3 billion budget that boosts spending for education while attempting to block money from going to Planned Parenthood.

Herbalife says it's in advanced talks with FTC, shares soar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:01pm

Shares of Herbalife surged more than 11 percent in afternoon trading Friday after disclosing that it's in advanced talks to settle a federal investigation into claims that the company essentially operates as a pyramid scheme.

Marchionne: Self-driving cars could be on roads in 5 years

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 1:01pm

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years.

'Million-dollar man' uses marathon to rebuild his life

Zak Keefer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:51pm

He's supposed to be angry. Right? Angry at the tie rod for busting, angry at all the pain that followed, angry that he'll never get his old life back. His SUV slammed into the median at 60 mph that day, and before it could somersault across the highway, it tried to slice off John Miller's legs.

Correction: Backyard Chickens story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:41pm

In a story May 4 about a law exempting small chicken farmers from certain regulations, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the law eliminates mandatory food-safety classes. The bill was amended to retain a mandatory food-safety course.

Obama calls on Sen. Paul to drop objections to tax treaties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:30pm

President Barack Obama is calling on Sen. Rand Paul to drop his objections to pending international tax treaties so they can move forward in Congress.

Pakistan anti-graft body seizes currency, gold from official

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:11pm

A spokesman for Pakistan's anti-graft body says its officers have seized currency and gold worth 680 million rupees, or $6.4 million, from the residence of top provincial financial official in southwestern Baluchistan province.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra, U of M announce partnership

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:01pm

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis have formed a partnership that organizers say will solve the music organization's financial hardships.

Workers are losing ground as Atlantic City casinos struggle

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:01pm

Atlantic City's casino workers are making only 80 cents an hour more now than they did 12 years ago, having opted instead to secure benefits like health insurance and retirement plans as the casino industry shrunk and four properties went out of business.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra, U of M announce partnership

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:00pm

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis have formed a partnership that organizers say will solve the music organization's financial hardships.