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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.

The Latest: Hawaii medical marijuana bill clears committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:01pm

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

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.

Argentina floods swamp soy crop; some must commute by boat

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

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

Top Venezuela beer maker halts production amid shortages

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

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

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):

Federal investigators fault VA review of Texas wait times

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:40pm

Federal authorities have determined that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs into the manipulation of wait times for Texas veterans seeking care was "deficient and unreasonable."

Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:30pm

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.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end slightly lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:11pm

The Latest on global financial markets (all times local):

FBI data center expanding in Idaho; will bring 300 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:10pm

The FBI is expanding its data center in eastern Idaho and bringing in 300 new jobs.

Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:10pm

Congress headed out of Washington on Friday, accomplishing relatively little in a short work period and missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Whole Foods exec: No tattoo shops planned for new chain yet

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

Illinois weighs college aid for students in the US illegally

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

Laura Vivaldo considers herself fortunate among her Illinois college classmates who are in the U.S. illegally and struggle to pay tuition because they don't qualify for state or federal financial aid.

Oklahoma Medicaid cuts to limit mental health care access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has approved cuts that could potentially trim care for thousands of low-income residents with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.