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Egypt says near meeting Russia's airport security demands

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:05am

Egyptian officials said Sunday they were inching closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to resume flights to Egypt, suspended after militants from a local affiliate of the Islamic State group downed a Russian airliner 15 months ago over the Sinai Peninsula.

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

Ben Nuckols and Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:57am

A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage.

Koch leads fight to deregulate African-style braiding

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:53am

The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. They are both part of a national movement to deregulate the business of African-style braiding.

Nebraska county with few people, assets faces huge judgment

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:53am

It started with a murder, was followed by a botched trial and has ended with a small Nebraska county facing a $30 million judgment it can't possibly pay.

Gov. Mead announces ENDOW website

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:35am

Gov. Matt Mead has announced the creation of a website for a new program that aims to expand Wyoming's economy.

Improved technology saves maple syrup producers time, energy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:16am

Maple syrup doesn't get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It's a long process from tree to bottle.

Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:59am

A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents.

New LG phone influenced by Samsung's Note 7 troubles

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:47am

Samsung's fiasco with its fire-prone Note 7 phone has pushed its rival LG to take additional precautions with its next smartphone.

Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:54am

Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia.

What popular tax breaks are at risk if GOP overhauls taxes?

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:44am

When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people.

Israel to Amazon: Stop selling Holocaust-denying literature

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:37am

Israel's official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism.

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:27am

Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency.

Thousands protest in Belarus against law targeting jobless

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:52am

Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed.

Malaysia: Poisoning of Kim caused paralysis, quick death

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:50am

Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis."

Egypt puts off higher entry visa charges until July 1

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:05am

Egypt's plans to more than double charges for entry visas paid by foreign visitors arriving in the country have been put off until July 1, according to the Tourism Ministry.

Regulator: China needs to rein in risky stock behavior

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 3:20am

China needs to do more to stop risky behavior in its stock market, a regulator said Sunday, following a 2015 collapse in share prices and complaints investors are engaged in a dangerous new round of speculative buying.

The Latest: Malaysia: Poison killed Kim within 20 minutes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 3:00am

The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

India's top diplomat to visit Washington for talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:31am

India's top diplomat will visit Washington this week for talks with the new U.S. administration, an Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday.

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04pm

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:35pm

Malaysia's health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.