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NY senators: Withhold Penn Station funds because of delays

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:40am

Some New York state lawmakers want to withhold millions of dollars of funding from Penn Station until Amtrak resolves chronic commuter train delays.

Eventful Yale commencement includes protest, interruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:36am

Graduation day at Yale University included the awarding of degrees, a union demonstration and a man who unexpectedly took the podium and had to be tackled.

1 dead, several injured in protest clashes in Tunisia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:27am

A protester died and several more were injured during clashes with police Monday in southern Tunisia, where tense protests over unemployment have gone on for weeks, a doctor at a local hospital said.

Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa's ostrich capital

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:14am

Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the "ostrich capital of the world."

Used clothing store gets surprise donation of marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:14am

Someone apparently inadvertently donated more than 100 grams of marijuana when they dropped off some used children's clothes a suburban Minneapolis shop.

Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:14am

The Trump administration and House Republicans are asking a federal appeals court for a 90-day extension in a case that's casting a shadow of uncertainty over health insurance for millions of consumers.

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Mark Zuckerberg says he's not running for public office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:58am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:54am

President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program.

Arconic allows activist investor to add board members

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:45am

Elliott Management will add three members to the board at EXONIX, and one will have a say in naming the next CEO.

Defense, technology companies lead US stocks higher

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:37am

U.S. stocks are higher Monday as the market bounces back from a turbulent week. Defense contractors are making gains and technology and consumer-focused companies are also rising. Ford is up after it replaced CEO Mark Fields, while chemicals maker Huntsman is rising after it agreed to combine with Swiss competitor Clariant.

Greece looks for debt help after backing further cuts

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:27am

Greece is seeking Monday to persuade its creditors in Europe that it has done enough to get another chunk of bailout loans and a firm commitment on alleviating Athens' hefty debt burden.

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:16am

The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.

Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:03am

Remember the Republican health care bill?

Puerto Rico seeks court's help to save public pension system

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:57am

Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year.

Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:49am

Germany and France pledged Monday to seek ways to strengthen the 19-nation eurozone, with harmonizing corporate taxes among the possible measures they will mull over in the coming weeks.

Amnesty slams Turkey over 'arbitrary' crackdown on employees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:49am

A leading human rights group has slammed Turkey for dismissing tens of thousands of public employees after last summer's failed coup, saying the move has had a "catastrophic impact" on their lives and means of earning a living.

Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:40am

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

The Latest: EU official says decision on Greek bailout soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:37am

The Latest on European Union finance ministers' meeting on Greek debt (all times local):

Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists?

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:20am

Brazil is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. It has miles of sandy, deserted beaches, and stunning flat-topped mountains. It invented samba and a devilish little drink called the caipirinha. It has massive reserves for native peoples and charming colonial towns built by the Portuguese.

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:19am

President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.