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Venezuela top court overrules Congress, grants decree powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:50pm

Venezuela's Supreme Court has overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.

Opponents urge lawmakers to snuff out tobacco tax increase

Anna Gronewold, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:40pm

Nebraska's tobacco tax could more than double under a bill that is drawing praise from health officials but strong criticism from retailers, grocers and smokers.

An urgent call for action made during university rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:40pm

The head of Northern Illinois University says the school won't layoff anyone for now despite the lack of state funding due to a budget impasse.

House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:21pm

A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests.

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:11pm

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

Arkansas man to appeal verdict in real estate agent's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:00pm

A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent has filed notice that he plans to appeal.

Kansas Senate rejects Democrat's move to delay budget debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:40pm

The Kansas Senate has rejected an attempt by its top Democrat to delay a debate on a bill that balances the next state budget.

Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:40pm

A Montana jury ruled Thursday against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Clinton aims to boost campaign with focus on black voters

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:11pm

Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new state budget.

Oklahoma judge OKs anti-abortion law on hospital privileges

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:50pm

An Oklahoma law requiring abortion providers to have a physician with local hospital admitting privileges present when abortions are performed is constitutional, a judge ruled Thursday.

Ohio leaders say medical marijuana issue isn't going away

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:40pm

Legislative leaders and statewide officers weighed in Thursday on how Ohio should address the issue of medical marijuana, with most agreeing that the matter is not going away.

The Latest: 9 others charged with armed Oregon standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30pm

The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30pm

A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.

Ex-exec sentenced to 1 month in West Virginia chemical spill

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:20pm

A former Freedom Industries executive was sentenced Thursday to one month in federal prison for a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

Myspace still exists? Yes, and now Time Inc. owns it

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

Myspace still exists?

New U of Illinois athletic director possible by end of month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

University of Illinois interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson now says the school hopes to name a new athletic director by the end of February.

Ex-Irish bank executive agrees to return to Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

The former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, now living in Boston, has dropped his fight against extradition and agreed to return to Ireland to face fraud charges.

Utility estimates LA-area gas leak to cost at least $250M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

The Latest on the gas leak near Los Angeles that was stopped for the first time in nearly four months (all times local):