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Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:10pm

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent in a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort.

The Latest: Democrats rail against budget with amendments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:50pm

The Latest on Arizona's budget (all times local):

Hawaii's $13.7B budget funds housing, health, schools

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:50pm

Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's $13.7 billion budget for 2017. They're providing funding for affordable housing development, new classroom facilities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Lawmakers consider more funding for Illinois colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

A measure to add $453 million for Illinois colleges and universities during the state's historic budget stalemate is expected to be considered in the state Senate this week.

Brazil attorney general wants to investigate Silva

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

Brazil's Supreme Court said Tuesday that Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked for authorization to investigate former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over alleged involvement in corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.

Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:30pm

A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Cruz, Trump trade insults to the end as Indiana votes

Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:22pm

Assailing each other with no letup, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenger Ted Cruz traded insults, charges and more Tuesday as Indiana voters went to the polls in what could be an all-but-decisive presidential primary election.

Tampa Bay Times buys Tampa Tribune, ends decades-old rivalry

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:21pm

Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

Tests show child with Elizabethkingia has different strain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:20pm

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says lab tests show that a child diagnosed with Elizabethkingia (ee-LIZ'-ah-beth-KING'-ee-ah) is not connected to the strain that has caused an outbreak of the bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:20pm

Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

SIU offers plan to boost campus diversity after protests

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

Southern Illinois University has responded to student protests against racism with a plan to boost campus diversity.

It takes a village to corral a loose llama in Colorado

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

It took a village and two hours to corral an uncooperative llama named Ethel who escaped from her pasture in rural Colorado and wandered near some busy roadways.

Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:01pm

Consumer backlash is growing against Target's stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use.

Tentative deal in legal fight over Chicago nanny's photos

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:41pm

A legal fight over copyrights to photos from the 1950s onward shot by a Chicago nanny who was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary appears near a resolution.

Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:41pm

Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness — among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet.

Feds: Poor maintenance led to fatal DC subway fire

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:32pm

A fire that caused a Washington subway train to fill with smoke inside a downtown tunnel last year, killing one passenger and sickening dozens, can be traced to poor maintenance and ineffective inspection practices by the city's beleaguered transit authority, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Judge OKs payroll tax ballot measure to aid Portland State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:31pm

An Oregon judge has approved ballot language for a proposed payroll tax that would solely benefit Portland State University.

Chile: fishermen protest, block roads after toxic blooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:22pm

Chilean fishermen have staged a protest demanding the government compensate them better after toxic algae blooms killed their catch.