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Argentina floods swamp soy crop; some must commute by boat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:30pm

Water levels in the flooded town of Villa Paranacito have risen so much that the best way for residents to commute is by boat.

UN proposal demands combatants protect hospitals and doctors

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:30pm

A proposed U.N. resolution that supporters hope will be adopted next week demands that all parties to conflicts protect medical workers, hospitals and medical facilities against violence and attacks — and face justice if they don't.

Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:10pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps, according to a letter released Friday.

Gov: Puerto Rico braces for lawsuits as major default looms

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:01pm

Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that the U.S. territory is bracing for multiple lawsuits as a major default looms over a $470 million bond payment.

Regulators close small Tennessee bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:50pm

Regulators are closing a small Tennessee bank, marking the second failure of a federally insured bank this year.

The Latest: Bill to explore Hawaii ferry system advances

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:41pm

The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature negotiating dozens of bills before a deadline (all times local):

Sanders campaign withdraws suit against DNC over data breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:31pm

The campaign of Bernie Sanders has withdrawn a lawsuit accusing the Democratic National Committee of wrongfully cutting off its access to a voter database.

Polish firm cuts contracts with 2 stud farms amid turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:21pm

A private Polish company said it has ended its contracts with two well-known state-owned stud farms after managers were replaced by the government, highlighting the turmoil surrounding the farms that feature Arabian and other horses.

Top Venezuela beer maker halts production amid shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:11pm

Venezuela's largest brewer said it shut down beer production Friday at the last of its four factories due to a shortage of imported supplies.

First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:00pm

Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder.

Charge reduced for mall Easter bunny in brawl with kid's dad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:00pm

A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded.

Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:50pm

Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.

Original power lunch eatery to close and everything must go

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:31pm

New York's original power lunch restaurant is closing and everything must go.

Postman steals $443,000 in tax refund checks along his route

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:30pm

A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing income tax refund checks worth more than $400,000 from people along his New Jersey mail route.

Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:20pm

The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

School cash added to break budget impasse, but issues remain

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:01pm

An agreement to add millions in new school spending to break a stalemate that stalled a state budget deal for several days was still in flux Friday morning as the Arizona House prepared to debate the $9.58 billion budget package.

Huge fireball in gas explosion burns homes, fleeing man

Keith Srakocic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:00pm

A natural gas pipeline exploded in a towering, roaring fireball Friday, destroying a home several hundred yards away, damaging at least three others and creating waves of intense heat that burned a fleeing homeowner as he ran down a road, authorities said.

Mexico arrests 73, breaks up highway blockade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:00pm

Mexican police have arrested 73 people after breaking up a protest by taxi drivers that blocked the main highway leading from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Cleveland Browns owner loses round in deposition fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:51pm

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the truck stop chain where he is president and CEO.

The Latest: Firm says pipeline in fire was fine in 2012

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:50pm

The Latest on a natural gas fire and explosion in western Pennsylvania (all times local):