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Lettuce company boss charged with sex-trafficking teen girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:11pm

The owner of a Rhode Island hydroponics business that produces lettuce under the Boston Greens label has been charged with sex-trafficking a minor.

Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:10pm

The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and that complying with it could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars over the next few years.

Feds fine Idaho potato processor $273,000 after gas release

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:00pm

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas.

Correction: Priciest Apartment story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:00pm

In a story May 29 about Manhattan apartments costing $100 million and more, The Associated Press erroneously conflated the names of two skyscrapers being built on 57th Street. The Central Park Tower is being built at 225 W. 57th St. and will be 1,550 feet high. A second tower, at 111 W. 57th St., will be 1,438 feet high.

General Mills recalls flour over possible E. coli link

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:51pm

General Mills is recalling about 10 million pounds of its flour over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states.

Documents show aggressive sales tactics at Trump University

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:50pm

Nearly 400 pages of documents that detail sales strategies for the now-defunct Trump University have been unsealed in a class-action lawsuit, showing how employees were instructed to play on peoples' emotions to get them to buy more expensive seminars on how to succeed in real estate.

Feds: Ex-Barclays PLC director gave stock tips to plumber

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:41pm

A former Barclays PLC director has been arrested on charges he illegally fed stock tips to a New York plumber in exchange for cash and home renovations.

Boyd Gaming sells its 50 percent stake in Borgata to MGM

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:41pm

Boyd Gaming is selling its 50 percent stake in Atlantic City's top casino to MGM Resorts International, the company that owns the other half.

Colorado court: Ski resorts not liable for avalanches

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:21pm

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that avalanches are among the "inherent dangers of skiing" so ski resorts can't be held liable for people killed by slides within their boundaries.

Building worker dies in fall at $147 million Hamptons estate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:21pm

A construction worker has fallen to his death at a $147 million oceanfront estate in East Hampton that's among the most expensive residential properties sold nationwide.

Brazil police seek indictment of private bank Bradesco's CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:20pm

Brazilian police say they are asking prosecutors to bring tax fraud charges against the CEO of one of the country's private banks, Bradesco.

General Mills recalls flour over possible E. coli link

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

General Mills is recalling about 10 million pounds of its flour over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states.

Markets Right Now: Stocks struggle to a mixed close

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Plan would hike tuition at Iowa universities by $300 or more

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

Students at Iowa's three public universities would pay at least $300 more in the upcoming school year under a proposed tuition increase unveiled Tuesday.

NC insurers propose increases under Affordable Care Act

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

North Carolina's largest health insurer wants to raise rates by an average of nearly 19 percent next year for individual policies sold on the online insurance marketplace, officials said Tuesday, but federal officials say most customers likely would pay less because of the federal subsidies.

Congressman marries doctor running for his seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has married a biotechnology entrepreneur who is running for his congressional seat at the same time he is running for the U.S. Senate.

GOP's Portman releases 1st TV ads in US Senate race in Ohio

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:10pm

Sen. Rob Portman touts his efforts to tackle heroin addiction in the first statewide television ads of his 2016 re-election campaign.

South Dakota sales tax increasing to fund teacher pay raises

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:00pm

Shoppers are set to spend a little more at the store when South Dakota's historic half-cent sales tax hike for teacher pay takes effect.

Oklahoma lawmakers move toward reducing high school testing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:00pm

Oklahoma school officials have praised legislation that would eliminate some mandated high school exams during a time in which educators are frustrated by state budget cuts.

Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:40pm

Massachusetts is set to launch this week a first-in-the-nation system allowing slot players to limit their bets, following months of planning and some pushback from the gambling industry.