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Oil-gas industry tries to reassure Colorado after explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:36pm

An oil and gas industry group tried to reassure Colorado residents Friday that they are safe while investigators look for the cause of a fatal house explosion near a gas well.

Remote areas of Utah, Arizona brace for Navajo plant closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:36pm

Officials in remote areas of Utah and Arizona say the recent decision to shut down a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona is expected to cause about 1,000 job losses in an area already struggling with high unemployment.

Time board: company not for sale; stock plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

Time's stock tumbled Friday after the publisher said its board is not considering a sale of the company.

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Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stop-gap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory.

The Latest: Congress passes stopgap spending bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:10pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Federal energy regulator says she won't seek new term

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:02pm

One of two remaining members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says she will not seek a second term, a move that could leave the five-member panel with a single commissioner.

Alphabet, Amazon surge; Time Inc. and Starbucks fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:55pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

Strike halts much of Brazil to protest labor, pension laws

Mauricio Savarese and Yesica Fisch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:55pm

Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as demonstrators blocked roads and clashed with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labor laws and the pension system.

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions

Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:55pm

In a blow to environmental groups, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits that challenge Obama-era limits on carbon emissions.

Warren, Sanders unhappy by Wall Street-paid Obama speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:46pm

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are not happy about reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:40pm

From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns.

US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:34pm

The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

Apple ceases iPhone payments to Qualcomm, escalating feud

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:13pm

Apple is refusing to pay any royalties owed to mobile chip maker Qualcomm for some of the features in the iPhone, escalating a patent feud that has turned the former business partners into bitter adversaries.

Alex Acosta sworn in as US labor secretary

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:03pm

Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

Amtrak: Penn Station work to cause 2-3 major summer outages

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:54pm

Accelerated track repairs at New York's Penn Station in the wake of recent derailments will require two or three "significant" disruptions to weekday service this summer, Amtrak's CEO told lawmakers Friday, an indication that commuters may be spared what many assumed would be daily delays lasting months.

The Latest: Ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:54pm

The Latest the sentencing of the former head of Chicago Public Schools (all times local):

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:46pm

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

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:45pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:45pm

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