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The Latest: Hawaii bill allows more Maui water diversion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:11pm

The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature passing dozens of bills ahead of a legislative deadline (all times local):

Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:01pm

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.

Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:22pm

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

Fashionistas, celebrities jam Chanel fashion show in Havana

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:21pm

Wealthy fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights Wednesday night on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel.

Company recalls frozen vegetables linked to listeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:12pm

A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.

Arizona House, Senate advancing budget after K-12 agreement

Bob Christie and Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:11pm

The Arizona Legislature on Tuesday was on track to finally enact a spending package for the state budget year beginning July 1 after a week spent wrangling over additional funding for K-12 schools that wasn't included in the initial budget agreement.

The Latest: Democrats' effort to adds KidsCare fails

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:11pm

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

Nurse who refused to force feed at Guantanamo back to duty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:11pm

A Navy nurse has been allowed to resume full medical duties by the military nearly two years after he refused to take part in force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his lawyer said Tuesday.

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

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 6:51pm

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.

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

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 6:20pm

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

Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:50pm

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.

AP sources: Takata recall could more than double in size

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:41pm

U.S. auto safety regulators are in talks with Takata Corp. to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what already is the biggest auto recall in American history, three people briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

72-hour wait time for abortions in La. nears final passage

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:40pm

A proposal to triple the wait time for an abortion in Louisiana is nearing final legislative passage, winning support from an overwhelming number of state lawmakers in both the House and Senate.

Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:20pm

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, a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort.

Duck boat company: Driver in crash had 'exemplary' record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:12pm

Boston Duck Tours says the driver of the amphibious sightseeing vehicle that collided with a scooter in Boston, killing a woman, had an "exemplary record" during his six years with the company.

Brazil attorney general seeks probes of ex-president Silva

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 5:00pm

Brazil's Supreme Court said Tuesday that the attorney general has asked it to authorize investigations of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over alleged involvement in corruption at state oil company Petrobras.

Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:51pm

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.

Tentative deal in legal fight over Chicago nanny's photos

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:51pm

A legal tussle over copyrights to photos from the 1950s onward shot by a Chicago nanny profiled in an Oscar-nominated documentary appeared close to a resolution Tuesday — though a dispute about who is Vivian Maier's rightful heir remains unresolved.

Lew says currency design plan winning rave reviews

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:50pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that the reaction to his plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill and add civil rights and suffragette leaders to U.S. currency has been "overwhelmingly positive."

SIU offers plan to boost campus diversity after protests

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:40pm

The acting leader of Southern Illinois University pledged Tuesday to ensure the campus remains "free from racism and intimidation," one day after hundreds of students conducted an anti-racism rally.