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Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A former business titan convicted more than a decade ago in a notorious corporate fraud case that featured headline-grabbing tales of excessive spending is now board chairman of a New York City nonprofit that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society, the group announced Tuesday.

Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:20pm

Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.

Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

The federal government is relying on archaic computers systems to protect reams of critical data from cyberattacks, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday as he announced a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

Agencies contend Facebook is breaching French privacy laws

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:51pm

Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.

Bill could bring more scholarship money to private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A state Senate committee has passed a bill that could bring more scholarship money to South Dakota's private and parochial schools.

House approves bill to tighten control on VA construction

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

The House has approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

A Long Island artist has sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others over use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album.

Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer's assets

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:01pm

Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets.

Former Adelson casino exec takes dismissal case to US court

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:51pm

A former executive in billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's empire is asking a federal court in Nevada to rule on a continuing legal fight over his 2010 dismissal as head of operations in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:50pm

The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:20pm

Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger.

Toyota recalls Scion FR-S to fix ignition key problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand is recalling about 28,000 FR-S sports cars in North America because drivers can take the keys out of the ignition without the car being in park.

SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.

Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."

A look at Obama's final budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:51pm

President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:

University of Arizona law school opens satellite in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:40pm

The University of Arizona is partnering with a Chinese university to teach the U.S. legal system to students in Asia.

Idaho House OKs bill to end indexing of homeowner exemption

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:40pm

The Idaho House has approved legislation to cap the state's homeowner property tax exemption.