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TOPS payments stalled because of La. budget uncertainty

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

Payments to Louisiana's colleges from the TOPS free college tuition program were put on hold Thursday because of uncertainties about the state's budget and questions about whether the popular program could be on the chopping block.

Clinton aims to boost campaign with focus on black voters

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:11pm

Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new state budget.

Oklahoma judge OKs anti-abortion law on hospital privileges

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:50pm

An Oklahoma law requiring abortion providers to have a physician with local hospital admitting privileges present when abortions are performed is constitutional, a judge ruled Thursday.

Ohio leaders say medical marijuana issue isn't going away

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:40pm

Legislative leaders and statewide officers weighed in Thursday on how Ohio should address the issue of medical marijuana, with most agreeing that the matter is not going away.

The Latest: 9 others charged with armed Oregon standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30pm

The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30pm

A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.

Ex-exec sentenced to 1 month in West Virginia chemical spill

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:20pm

A former Freedom Industries executive was sentenced Thursday to one month in federal prison for a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

Myspace still exists? Yes, and now Time Inc. owns it

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

Myspace still exists?

New U of Illinois athletic director possible by end of month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

University of Illinois interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson now says the school hopes to name a new athletic director by the end of February.

Ex-Irish bank executive agrees to return to Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

The former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, now living in Boston, has dropped his fight against extradition and agreed to return to Ireland to face fraud charges.

Utility estimates LA-area gas leak to cost at least $250M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

The Latest on the gas leak near Los Angeles that was stopped for the first time in nearly four months (all times local):

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:52pm

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

NY man arrested after waving gun-like object on live TV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:42pm

New York City police say a Brooklyn man caught on camera waving what appeared to be a handgun behind a television reporter during a live broadcast has been arrested.

Arkansas' lottery sees record revenue of $58.7M in January

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

Arkansas' lottery has generated more revenue and net proceeds in January than any month since ticket sales began in September 2009.

Hospital says stolen laptop contained patient ID information

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

Community Hospital in McCook has told nearly 4,200 former patients that their identity information was contained on a laptop computer that was stolen in December.

New York holds manufacturers liable for fouled water

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.

Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on "strong legal footing" in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda.

Utah considers updating laws to address cybercrime

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:21pm

A Utah lawmaker wants people who hack into computers running key infrastructure such as traffic lights and water treatment facilities to face years in prison.