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Drivers beware: Famous LA bridge has begun coming down

Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:30pm

Like a bad love song, the weekend demolition of a bridge made famous by the movies is killing the traffic mood in Los Angeles.

Officials working to determine cause of NYC crane collapse

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 10:50pm

Officials are working to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered to safety during strong winds came crashing down onto a New York City street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars. Three other people were hurt by debris, two of them seriously. But city officials said it could have been much worse.

The Latest: Building owners 'saddened' by NYC crane collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

The Latest on a deadly crane collapse in New York (all times local):

Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:20pm

Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:41pm

The two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will get a second chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose taxpayer-funded 2014 report absolved Christie of blame.

Citigroup blocks fantasy sports transactions in New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:50pm

As daily fantasy sports websites face increased legal scrutiny, the world's biggest credit-card lender is blocking transactions by New York residents on the country's two biggest sites.

Judge who presided over Martha Stewart's NY trial dies at 86

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:41pm

A federal judge who presided over Martha Stewart's criminal trial in New York has died. Miriam Cedarbaum was 86.

Education agency says jobs aren't restored with other funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

North Carolina's education department says it has cut $2.5 million from its budget and eliminated about 20 previously vacant positions without tapping into new funds from the legislature earmarked to help early-grade children with reading.

LinkedIn shares plunge almost 44 percent

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:22pm

Investors gave LinkedIn a poor job review Friday in the form of a dramatic sell-off that wiped out nearly $11 billion in the professional networking site's market value.

Iowa APME contest winners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:20pm

Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:

HSBC reaches $470M deal with US, states over banking abuses

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:11pm

Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Mediator: 2 of 6 Argentina bondholders agree to settlements

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:00pm

Two of six leading bondholders that years ago refused Argentina's invitation to trade their bonds at steep discounts have agreed to settle their longstanding claims after the South American nation offered bondholders with cases in federal court in Manhattan $6.5 billion in what a court-appointed mediator described Friday as a "historic breakthrough."

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:31pm

Idaho lawmakers who spent last summer dissecting some of the state's most contentious issues have yet to submit legislation to the Idaho Legislature, but key leaders remain hopeful proposals will be finalized before the end of the session. Four legislative interim committees are expected to meet at least once more before submitting recommendations on public defense, school broadband, urban renewal and state contracts.

NY man who said sleep aid made him kill girlfriend sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:20pm

A New York man who said a sleeping aid caused him to fatally strangle his girlfriend has been sentenced to serve between 20 years and life in prison.

Amusement park will rehire special needs worker after outcry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:51pm

A Pennsylvania amusement park has offered to rehire a special needs employee after his co-worker took to social media to lambaste the company for firing him.

Regents committee OKs new tenure policy

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:31pm

A University of Wisconsin System regents committee overwhelmingly approved policy changes Friday that would allow chancellors to lay off tenured professors if their programs are cut and fire them for poor performance.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:01pm

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

US rig count drops 48 this week to 571; Texas down 19

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:51pm

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.