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Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B

Tom Krisher and Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:37pm

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S.

Utah bill loosens who sees booze poured but keeps barriers

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:37pm

In heavily Mormon Utah, a lawmaker introduced a proposal Monday allowing restaurants to stop using walls or backrooms known as "Zion Curtains" that block customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being made. Supporters say the longtime requirement helps curb underage drinking by hiding the glamour of bartending.

The Latest: Trump meets with leaders of black colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:30pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Idaho House leaders propose new ISP funding shift bill

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:20pm

House legislative leaders say they have found a palatable solution to funneling $17 million to repair Idaho's roads and bridges without hurting the Idaho State Police's budget.


Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:15pm

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:06pm

California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that's blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.

Iranian baby with heart defect impacted by Trump doing well

Kristena Hansen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:00pm

Physicians say a 4-month-old Iranian girl with a rare heart condition who was affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban is "out of the woods" and making good progress after her life-saving surgery.

Mexico ex-president Felipe Calderon donates pension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:50pm

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will donate his government pension to a nonprofit group that helps children with cancer.

Man pleads guilty in scamming $5M from government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:48pm

One of the two men accused of bilking a South Carolina project turning warheads into nuclear reactor fuel is pleading guilty.

The Latest: Judge: Higher fine wouldn't help Takata victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:44pm

The Latest on Takata's guilty plea in an investigation of dangerous air bag inflators (all times local):

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:38pm

President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less."

Plan to repeal Obama health law shows GOP governors are torn

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:30pm

The nation's governors don't want people in their states to lose health coverage under a repeal of the Obama-era health care law, but even after a weekend of bipartisan meetings, they still don't agree on the best approach to replace it.

Flight attendant charged in fake bomb threat signs plea deal

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:21pm

A flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two Skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial, but he could still end up spending decades in prison.

Drugmakers pledge restraint, but prices will still soar

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:19pm

Several big drugmakers are trying to quell the furor over high drug prices by revealing more information about their pricing and even pledging to keep a lid on increases.

Interest rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:56pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction, with rates on six-month bills holding steady while rates on three-month bills dipped to their lowest level in five weeks.

Sotheby's and Tegna climb while AES and Shutterstock slump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:56pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:

Report: Interior Dept law enforcement chief 'unprofessional'

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:56pm

The Interior Department's law enforcement director "demonstrated a pattern of unprofessional behavior" by touching and hugging female employees and making flirtatious remarks, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Monday.

Sign spinners' moves nab attention on street and at contest

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:56pm

You've seen them at intersections and outside strip malls spinning an arrow-shaped sign and trying to grab the attention of drivers and passers-by.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:17pm

Grain futures were lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.