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Venezuelan boy's death sparks anger over health care crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:21pm

Venezuelans are expressing dismay over the death of an 8-year-old boy with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who had become a symbol of the crisis-wracked nation's collapsed health care system.

Markets Right Now: Stocks close higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:20pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:20pm

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

Governor signs financial rescue package for Atlantic City

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:11pm

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash.

State grants variance request for Cincinnati abortion clinic

Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:11pm

A Cincinnati abortion clinic has received state permission to continue operating despite not having a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies.

Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

Martin Crutsinger and Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:11pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

Oklahoma fails to make doctor-performed abortions a felony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:00pm

Doctors who perform abortions in Oklahoma won't be guilty of a felony after the state Senate adjourned for the year without trying to override Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a bill to make it a felony crime.

Education Department replaces career college chain monitor

Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:00pm

The Education Department on Friday appointed a new lawyer to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., following an Associated Press review that found trouble at the schools and questioned the previous monitor's independence.

Ohio schools concerned over lead risk could get state help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:51pm

A new grant program that would provide $12 million to replace lead-contaminated plumbing fixtures that can put schools' water supplies at risk is part of recent state legislation.

Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:41pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Senate sends 2nd school-funding revamp to House

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:41pm

The Illinois Senate has approved a second method for revamping school funding just days before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment.

Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:40pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Google-backed Magic Leap alleges workers stole its secrets

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:40pm

Artificial reality startup Magic Leap is accusing two Silicon Valley employees of stealing the closely guarded secrets behind its technological tricks.

Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:31pm

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.

House, Senate to meet to draft final state budget proposal

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:20pm

House and Senate negotiators will likely begin meeting next week to draft a final state budget proposal after the Senate gave final approval to a $39.5 billion spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

World's largest hedge fund gets aid package from Connecticut

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:00pm

A commission approved a $22 million loan and grant package on Friday to help the world's largest hedge fund upgrade and expand its offices despite questions about whether the deal makes financial sense for a state facing continued budget problems.

Alibaba won and lost a friend in Washington; how it happened

Erika Kinetz and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 12:51pm

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.

Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 12:50pm

Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases.

Crowd thins slightly at NC furniture market after LGBT law

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 12:41pm

Attendance dipped slightly for North Carolina's world-renowned furniture market this year in an early test of business reaction to the state's new law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 12:41pm

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.