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Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

Jeff Horwitz and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.

Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.

US rig count drops 30 this week to 541; Texas down 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.

Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:31am

A court-appointed mediator in New York is reporting more progress in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders claiming they are owed billions of dollars.

Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:10am

Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.

Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:02am

Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. said Friday it will make the overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky, a region hard-hit by deadly heroin.

Maryland private universities launch financial aid program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

A group of Maryland private universities are launching a new financial aid program to match a state grant for students with financial need.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

Steve Szkotak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:01am

Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.

Delaware court upholds dismissal of GM shareholder suit

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:40am

Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by General Motors shareholders over faulty ignition switches.

UK factory-owner jailed for exploiting trafficked Hungarians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:40am

A British factory-owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for employing Hungarian workers for as little as 10 pounds ($14.50) a week.

Zion park supports plan for bus line to St. George

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

Officials with Zion National Park say the support the idea of a direct bus line between the park and St. George.

Nebraska lifts only ban on packer-owned hogs in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

The nation's only ban on meatpackers owning hogs has ended due to a new Nebraska law that allows processers to control the animals from birth to slaughter.

US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

Christopher S. Rugaber and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

The Latest: European markets close higher after tough week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local):

Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

Former pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli's campaign to build up an impressive music portfolio rolls on.

House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:11am

Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

Israel says EU relations 'friendly' again after label spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:11am

Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.

Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:01am

If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:01am

The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at helping children who need a special formula due to a chronic immune system disease.