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Q&A: Illinois heading toward 2nd year with no state budget

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:50pm

Some Illinois schools and colleges are in jeopardy of closing and more social services and state programs are at risk of being eliminated amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has seen.

Report: Mental hospital workers improperly used restraints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:40pm

Workers at a state-run mental health hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects, a federal inspection concluded.

Documents show aggressive sales tactics at Trump University

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:40pm

Trump University gave employees detailed instructions on how to entice people to enroll in its real estate seminars, from targeting people making at least $90,000 a year and choosing words of flattery that are most persuasive to picking music for the gatherings — The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money.

Doctors describe shark bite wound after California attack

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:21pm

The semi-circular shark bite stretched from Maria Korcsmaros' shoulder to her pelvis, with teeth marks visible in the shredded flesh of her arm and torso.

South Dakota sales tax increasing to fund teacher pay raises

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:10pm

Shoppers are set to spend a little more at the store when South Dakota's historic half-cent sales tax hike for teacher pay takes effect.

Illinois poised to enter a 2nd year without a budget

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:10pm

Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget as Democrats who rule the Legislature press on with a spending plan Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes while rejecting his call for a short-term deal before they finish work Tuesday.

Alaska Senate passes compromise state operating budget

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:00pm

The Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed a compromise state operating budget that restores funding for public schools, reduces a proposed cut to the university system and aims to prevent layoff warnings being sent to state workers.

The Latest: Rauner calls legislative session a 'failure'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:00pm

The Latest on the last day of the Illinois legislative session as lawmakers and the governor try to end an 11-month budget standoff (all times local):

Boyd Gaming sells its 50 percent stake in Borgata to MGM

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:50pm

Boyd Gaming said Tuesday it's selling its 50 percent stake in Atlantic City's top casino to MGM Resorts International, which owns the other half.

Canada's assisted suicide bill approved by House of Commons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

Canada's House of Commons has passed the government's proposed assisted suicide law.

The Latest: Arizona sheriff could see more contempt hearings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

The Latest on a hearing for contempt-of-court violations for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):

California pension fund CEO sentenced for bribery

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former head of the nation's largest public pension fund to four and 1/2 years in prison in a case in which the pension fund CEO acknowledged accepting more than $200,000 in bribes and trying to steer investments to help an associate.

Alberta is a scary-looking dog, but she's great as a cadaver

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:31pm

Alberta the dog doesn't bark or bite, and she's skinless and hairless, although she does bleed. Frankly, she is frightening to look at.

Baker signs bill aimed at avoiding health care ballot fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:31pm

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill aimed at avoiding a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.

Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:30pm

The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and that complying with it could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars over the next few years.

Building worker dies in fall at $147 million Hamptons estate

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:20pm

A construction worker fell to his death Tuesday at a $147 million oceanfront East Hampton estate that was among the most expensive residential properties sold in the U.S., authorities said.

Obama to find Indiana county still dependent on RV industry

Tom Coyne, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:11pm

President Barack Obama came to Elkhart County less than a month after he took office, visiting the Indiana manufacturing center that was then struggling in the depths of the Great Recession to highlight his economic policies.

The Latest: Huntsman bought Tribune to preserve unique voice

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:10pm

The Latest on The Salt Lake Tribune's sale to Paul Huntsman (all times local):

Congressman tells daughter to remove congressional car tag

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:00pm

No, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings isn't moonlighting as a ride-sharing driver.

Veteran Clinton aide cites email server talks in testimony

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:00pm

A veteran aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she discussed Clinton's private email server with a technical aide who helped set up and run the system, according to a court deposition released Tuesday by a conservative legal group.