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New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:20pm

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Europe Central Bank to halt production of 500-euro bills

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:12pm

Production of the 500-euro banknote is being discontinued amid concerns it had become too popular among crooks and money launderers.

Pig that attacked, injured 2 people on farm to be euthanized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

Authorities say a pig that attacked two people on a Massachusetts farm will be euthanized and tested for rabies.

Nixon vetoes Missouri legislation to cap school funding goal

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Wednesday that would cap the targets state government uses to fund public K-12 schools, chiding legislators for approving a "broken promise" to students he said will pave the way for them to enact more tax breaks.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

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APNewsBreak: WNBA, union amend CBA for overseas play fines

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:10pm

The WNBA and its players union have agreed to amend the collective bargaining agreement on fines for overseas play.

Ohio House approves bill striking labor hiring mandate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:01pm

Ohio cities, townships, school districts and public universities could no longer require the use of local unionized labor on construction projects under a bill the Ohio House has passed.

$2.6 billion construction budget heads to Ohio governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:01pm

A $2.6 billion capital budget bill that funds a range of improvements to school buildings, parks, bridges and roads is headed to Ohio's governor.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:01pm

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

Insurer Anthem picks new chief financial officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:51pm

Health insurer Anthem is changing chief financial officers as it works to close its $48 billion purchase of rival health insurer Cigna.

Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:51pm

Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.

Idaho lumber mill closing; workers' future uncertain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:41pm

An Idaho lumber mill has been sold and will be shut down, according to a letter sent to workers.

FDA advisers reconsider training for painkiller prescribers

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:41pm

Federal health advisers are discussing changes to government programs that were intended to improve the safety of painkillers like OxyContin, but which experts say have had an unclear impact.

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Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:41pm

Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government announced Wednesday.

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Apple loses Chinese lawsuit over iPhone name

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:38pm

Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on wallets and handbags.

Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:30pm

The South Carolina Senate has approved a $7.5 billion state budget that puts an additional $300 million into K-12 education, covers the state's expenses from last fall's historic flooding and provides $40 million in grants to flood-devastated farmers.

Officials to decide on nuclear reactor site in eastern Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:21pm

A Utah energy cooperative is narrowing down its selections for a site to build a small commercial nuclear reactor in eastern Idaho.

Atlanta airport to close 1 of 3 security areas for 3 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:51pm

The world's busiest airport in Atlanta plans to close one of its three checkpoints in the domestic terminal for three weeks.

Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:51pm

Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

DocuTap sells majority stake to global private equity firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 12:50pm

Sioux Falls-based electronic medical records company DocuTap said it has sold a majority stake to global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.