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Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:24pm

A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a refining and chemical complex east of Houston.

Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at labor

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:24pm

The Senate is poised to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:15pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Oklahoma struggles to pay for schools after slashing taxes

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:10pm

Four years ago, Oklahoma's oil patch was booming, unemployment was falling and state lawmakers were debating what to do with $200 million in surplus revenue.

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn't always a natural fit

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.

Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control.

AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media — the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found .

US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

U.S. stock indexes flittered up and down Thursday, as a slump in energy stocks partly offset advances made by Under Armour, PayPal and other companies reporting stronger-than-expected profits.

Trump rejects push to help solve Puerto Rico debt crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is opposed to a push to help Puerto Rico resolve its $70 billion debt load as the U.S. territory faces looming austerity measures amid a deep economic crisis.

Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:05pm

The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life.

South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:05pm

A South Dakota man who claims to have found a mouse in a can of soda is suing Coca-Cola Co., saying he missed 60 hours of work and accumulated $1,000 in medical bills after becoming ill.

Analysis: Finally, crystal-clear clarity in French election

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:05pm

When France's presidential election turned into a political boxing match this week at the gates of an appliance factory threatened with closure, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen showed that she wields a mean right hook. Her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte contesting his first election, demonstrated that he can take a solid punch to the chin.

The Latest: Trump spokesman calls Flynn probe 'appropriate'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:05pm

The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local):

Medical marijuana advocates say Iowa program too limited

Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:00pm

A medical marijuana oil program approved by the Iowa Legislature might not offer much help to patients with qualifying medical conditions, but advocates say it's at least a step in the right direction.

Major Boston teaching hospital offering buyouts to 1,600

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:00pm

One of Boston's most prestigious teaching hospitals on Thursday announced that it is offering voluntary buyouts to 1,600 employees as a way to control costs during a period of uncertainty in the health care business.

EU members stress unity heading into Brexit talks

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:55am

The 27 European Union nations heading into two years of divorce negotiations with Britain stressed unity Thursday, saying there's a large consensus on the tough guidelines for their Brexit negotiators which are to be approved at a weekend summit.

Insurance agent pleads guilty in $8.2M promissory note scam

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

An insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday in a promissory note scam that bilked nearly 80 clients out of $8.2 million.

7 Latin American nations request info on Brazil graft probe

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

Seven Latin American countries are asking Brazil to share information on the dozens of plea bargains made by executives of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, and many more could follow soon, a Brazilian prosecutor said Thursday.

NATO chief acknowledges Italy for boosting defense spending

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:26am

The head of NATO praised Italy Thursday for increasing its defense spending last year, an acknowledgement that came days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had joked with Italy's prime minister about the need for Rome to "pay up."