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Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.

Disappearing act: Twitter reports flatlining user growth

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.

Latest: Flint mayor asks Obama to visit her city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:31pm

Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users' timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service.

Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations.

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Deepti Hajela and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:10pm

Watchdogs say a leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants.

Jack Daniel's Distillery announces $140 million expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:00pm

The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.

Mylan to buy Sweden's Meda AB for $7.2 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

Drugmaker Mylan says it will buy Meda AB of Sweden for $7.2 billion in cash and stock, and says the move will help it enter new markets.

The Latest: Kansas House budget plan still hits university

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local):

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Chancellor: Cash-strapped UC Berkeley faces tough decisions

Lisa Leff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:31pm

The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it hopes to sustain its national standing as a premier public institution, the school's chancellor warned Wednesday.

Amid boom in catch, debate rages over lobster license rules

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:12pm

Maine lobstermen are divided about proposed changes to the state's lobster license rules that could shake up the fishery's yearslong waiting list.

Tesla's 4Q net loss doubles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:01pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its net loss more than doubled to $320 million in the fourth quarter, hurt by lower-than-planned production of its new Model X SUV.

House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50pm

The state House has postponed voting on the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to boost teacher pay.

Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:41pm

A Senate panel voted on Wednesday to hold the classified advertising website in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking.