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Drivers beware: Famous Los Angeles bridge is coming down

Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:30pm

Like a bad love song, the weekend demolition of a bridge made famous by the movies is killing the traffic mood in Los Angeles.

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:20pm

Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:41pm

The two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will get a second chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose taxpayer-funded 2014 report absolved Christie of blame.

Pres. Obama takes victory lap on economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:42pm

President Barack Obama on Friday used a new jobs report to continue his victory lap on the economy — and jab at the Republicans vying for his job.

US consumer borrowing accelerated in December

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:30pm

U.S. consumers in December increased their borrowing at the fastest pace in three months. The result suggests that consumer spending should remain strong in the coming months.

The Latest: France says Turkey must fight trafficking groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:21pm

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

The Latest: Man killed by NYC crane was walking, not in car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:21pm

The Latest on a deadly crane collapse in Lower Manhattan (all times local):

Iowa APME contest winners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:20pm

Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:

Education agency says jobs aren't restored with other funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:20pm

North Carolina's education department says it's cut $2.5 million from its budget and eliminated about 20 previously vacant positions without tapping into new funds from the legislature earmarked to help early-grade children with reading.

HSBC reaches $470M deal with US, states over banking abuses

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:11pm

Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Mediator: 2 of 6 Argentina bondholders agree to settlements

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:00pm

Two of six leading bondholders that years ago refused Argentina's invitation to trade their bonds at steep discounts have agreed to settle their longstanding claims after the South American nation offered bondholders with cases in federal court in Manhattan $6.5 billion in what a court-appointed mediator described Friday as a "historic breakthrough."

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:31pm

Idaho lawmakers who spent last summer dissecting some of the state's most contentious issues have yet to submit legislation to the Idaho Legislature, but key leaders remain hopeful proposals will be finalized before the end of the session. Four legislative interim committees are expected to meet at least once more before submitting recommendations on public defense, school broadband, urban renewal and state contracts.

NY man who said sleep aid made him kill girlfriend sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:20pm

A New York man who said a sleeping aid caused him to fatally strangle his girlfriend has been sentenced to serve between 20 years and life in prison.

Amusement park will rehire special needs worker after outcry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:51pm

A Pennsylvania amusement park has offered to rehire a special needs employee after his co-worker took to social media to lambaste the company for firing him.

Regents committee OKs new tenure policy

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:31pm

A University of Wisconsin System regents committee overwhelmingly approved policy changes Friday that would allow chancellors to lay off tenured professors if their programs are cut and fire them for poor performance.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:01pm

Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US rig count drops 48 this week to 571; Texas down 19

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:51pm

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.

Man convicted in jewelry store worker kidnap gets 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:32pm

One of three men convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Philadelphia jewelry store worker before dumping her in a cemetery in an attempt to get the shop's security codes has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

Bridgestone-Firestone recalls over 36,000 truck tires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:21pm

Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail.