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Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:30pm

President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:10pm

The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.

Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:13pm

President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize.

US stocks drop, led by another fall in the energy sector

Steve Rothwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:52pm

Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks on Monday.

Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 7:01pm

Poland lacks probable cause to extradite a Russian art dealer living in New York on criminal charges accusing him of knowing that an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II was stolen property when he inherited it from his father, a judge ruled Monday.

As special session resumes, still no agreement on budget

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:21pm

The Alabama Legislature on Monday resumed a special session on a budget shortfall the same way it began three weeks ago: with absolutely no consensus on what to do.

Hassan, Shaheen blame GOP for underfunding drug programs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:21pm

Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called Monday for a bipartisan effort to combat the growing problem of heroin and opiate abuse, then criticized Republicans in Concord and Washington for what the two Democrats said was a failure to adequately fund drug treatment programs.

States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:11pm

Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants.

Plush toy-maker creates 'Cecil the Lion' Beanie Baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:40pm

Toy-maker Ty Inc. has created a "Cecil the Lion" Beanie Baby to raise funds for animal conservation efforts.

Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58M debt payment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:30pm

The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment in a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.

Utah officials study new power plant greenhouse gas limits

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:20pm

Utah state officials said they need more time to assess how a plan unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama to decrease emissions from U.S. power plants will impact the state.

Pimco says SEC may take action against its total return fund

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:50pm

Investment giant Pimco said Monday the Securities and Exchange Commission may take legal action against its total-return fund.

Walker personal finances: more liabilities than assets

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:20pm

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker often talks about shopping at discount stores. Now we know why.

Officials calling Nevada solar future bright under EPA rules

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:11pm

Several Nevada government and business leaders said Monday they see a bright future for renewable energy projects in the state under federal rules tightening pollution controls for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Utah cities collect $25 of every $1,000 earned by residents

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

As cities and counties throughout Utah consider raising property and sales taxes this year, a tax watchdog group released a report Monday looking at how much residents already pay through taxes and fees.

New owner plans 'patient' approach to Rocky Gap casino

David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

The new owner of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland is in no hurry to make changes.

Delta says it's banning shipment of hunting 'trophies'

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:02pm

Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing Monday afternoon that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies.

Indiana medical software company hack affected 3.9M people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:01pm

An Indiana medical software company has reported the private information of 3.9 million people nationwide was exposed when its networks were hacked earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

GM ignition switch deaths, injuries total 398

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:41pm

General Motors' faulty ignition switches were responsible for at least 124 deaths and 274 injuries, according to a fund set up to compensate victims.