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Services in Greece grind to halt in 3-day strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:50pm

Services have ground to a halt in Greece as workers start a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures they say will further decimate incomes, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government.

Sweeping FDA regulations take aim at e-cigarettes

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  May 5th - 10:13pm

Tad Jensen has had better mornings. In front of him is the 499-page document he just printed — a copy of the Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited rules that bring e-cigarettes under federal oversight for the first time.

Australia welcomes investment in Singapore military training

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 9:32pm

Singapore will spend up to 2.25 billion Australian dollars ($1.67 billion) to double the capacity of its military training facilities in northern Australia under a new bilateral deal, Australia's prime minister said Friday.

House rejects tax break for Grand Canyon University

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:40pm

The Arizona House has rejected a bill granting a big property tax break for a growing private Christian university in west Phoenix.

Children's health insurance passes House, heads to Senate

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:30pm

The Arizona House on Thursday passed a bill restoring a program providing health insurance to low-income children after backers succeeded in using a complicated legislative maneuver as a last-gasp measure.

The Latest: Children's health insurance passes House

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:51pm

The Latest on the legislative effort to restore KidsCare (all times local):

Obama administration proposed rules aimed at tax evasion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:20pm

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclosure more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers.

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:30pm

Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked.

2 Southern California doctors guilty in hospice fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:20pm

Two Southern California doctors have been convicted of Medicare fraud for falsely certifying patients were terminally ill — making them eligible for taxpayer-funded hospice care.

A look and what passed and failed in the '16 session

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:11pm

Alabama lawmakers ended the 2016 legislative session on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of what passed and failed in Montgomery this year.

Things to know about California's new tobacco, vaping laws

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:00pm

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed five laws that increase California's minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and restrict tobacco use in various other ways.

The Latest: Juneau using cruise ship fees for legal costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:51pm

The Latest on a lawsuit involving a Juneau whale sculpture (all times local):

Never-completed TVA nuclear plant that cost $4B for sale

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:32pm

The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that has cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:30pm

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

Illinois Senate approves $454 million more for colleges

Ivan Moreno and Ashley Lisenby, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:20pm

The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to spend an additional $454 million on struggling colleges and universities, another stopgap measure as lawmakers continue an epic standoff over a full budget.

Former deep-sea treasure hunter to have competency evaluated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:01pm

A federal judge in Ohio has ordered a competency evaluation of a former deep-sea treasure hunter who's jailed for refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.

Trial to examine mind and decisions of mogul Sumner Redstone

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

Illness has robbed Sumner Redstone of his voice, but a trial scheduled to begin Friday will determine whether the ailing media mogul remains competent enough to make key decisions about his life.

Lawsuit over Bangladesh garment factory collapse dismissed

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

A Delaware judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against three major U.S. clothing retailers after the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people.

Colorado city to pay those sent to jail over court fines

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

In a rare move, a Colorado city has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking.

Military reports fewer sex assaults; more intervention urged

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:50pm

The number of sexual assaults reported by the military dipped slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year, spurring military leaders to look for new ways to encourage troops to intervene when they see a potentially dangerous situation.