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Hawaii's $13.7B budget funds housing, health, schools

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:40pm

Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's $13.7 billion budget for 2017, providing funding for affordable housing development, new classroom facilities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Rail travel through DC derailment site to be restored

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:40pm

CSX Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration officials say they expect freight to begin moving again through the site of a weekend derailment in Washington by Wednesday morning.

Lew says currency design plan winning rave reviews

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:20pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the reaction to his plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill and add civil rights and suffragette leaders to U.S. currency has been "overwhelmingly positive."

AP Sources: Takata recall could more than double in size

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:20pm

Three people briefed on the matter say that U.S. auto safety regulators are in talks with Takata Corp. to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what already is the biggest auto recall in American history.

The Latest: Hawaii Senate OKs sex trafficking, opiod bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:10pm

The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature passing dozens of bills ahead of a legislative deadline (all times local):

Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:10pm

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent in a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort.

The Latest: Democrats rail against budget with amendments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:50pm

The Latest on Arizona's budget (all times local):

Lawmakers consider more funding for Illinois colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

A measure to add $453 million for Illinois colleges and universities during the state's historic budget stalemate is expected to be considered in the state Senate this week.

Brazil attorney general wants to investigate Silva

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

Brazil's Supreme Court said Tuesday that Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked for authorization to investigate former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over alleged involvement in corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:40pm

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.

Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:30pm

A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Cruz, Trump trade insults to the end as Indiana votes

Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:22pm

Assailing each other with no letup, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenger Ted Cruz traded insults, charges and more Tuesday as Indiana voters went to the polls in what could be an all-but-decisive presidential primary election.

Tampa Bay Times buys Tampa Tribune, ends decades-old rivalry

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:21pm

Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

Tests show child with Elizabethkingia has different strain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:20pm

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says lab tests show that a child diagnosed with Elizabethkingia (ee-LIZ'-ah-beth-KING'-ee-ah) is not connected to the strain that has caused an outbreak of the bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:20pm

Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

It takes a village to corral a loose llama in Colorado

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:01pm

It took a village and two hours to corral an uncooperative llama named Ethel who escaped from her pasture in rural Colorado and wandered near some busy roadways.

Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 3:01pm

Consumer backlash is growing against Target's stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use.

Tentative deal in legal fight over Chicago nanny's photos

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:41pm

A legal fight over copyrights to photos from the 1950s onward shot by a Chicago nanny who was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary appears near a resolution.

Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:41pm

Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness — among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet.