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Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:50pm

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old.

APNewsBreak: South Dakota tribe sues feds over ER closure

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:50pm

A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.

Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games gave up a yearlong extradition fight on Thursday and traveled to Iowa to face charges.

Advocates fear chaos after Rauner home health care ruling

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

Illinois social service advocates fear chaos when a new ban on most overtime for home health care workers goes into effect Sunday.

K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

Philip Kives, the tireless pitchman whose television commercials sold everything from vegetable slicers to hit music records, has died at age 87.

Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams.

Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:30pm

Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled 17 percent in first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.

UND eliminating 138 positions to meet budget allotments

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:21pm

The University of North Dakota plans to eliminate 138 faculty, staff and administration positions to help meet budget cuts ordered by the governor, the school's interim president told state Board of Higher Education members Thursday.

Arizona Republicans want funding for Koch-backed schools

Ryan Van Velzer and Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:11pm

Arizona's Republican leaders have proposed earmarking millions of dollars for programs at the state's public universities that are backed by billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch.

California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:01pm

California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line.

Southwest, Delta tangle over whether to cut or raise fares

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:01pm

No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares — even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.

FBI: 'Argument can be made' fake AP story broke rules

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:52pm

An internal FBI report says there's no clear evidence the agency violated its own rules when it posed as The Associated Press to unmask a criminal.

AP Source: Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:52pm

Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.

Marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman arrested again, for pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:41pm

A marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and cannabis temple.

Nevada gambling revenue down 3 percent in March

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:41pm

Nevada gambling revenue dropped 3 percent in March compared with last year, weighed down by bettors playing less baccarat and casinos having a less-lucky month in slots and sports betting.

Malta minister loses portfolio over Panama Papers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:31pm

Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi has been relieved of his duties in energy and health after he acknowledged opening a company in Panama which is held by a trust in New Zealand.

VA hospital: No personal info on stolen computer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:21pm

Officials with a Veterans Affairs hospital in Providence say a computer was stolen out of the basement of the hospital more than a year ago, and that patients were never notified.

Ex-CSU student gives $13 million for scholarships, buildings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:21pm

Colorado State University says an energy company CEO who attended the school is donating $13 million for scholarships and construction projects.

Markets Right Now: Tech, energy stocks lead a broad decline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:21pm

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