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Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computers systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Ikea recalls ceiling lamps for risk of falling glass shades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:52pm

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling two types of ceiling lamps because of a risk that the glass shades might fall and injure people.

Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A former business titan convicted more than a decade ago in a notorious corporate fraud case that featured headline-grabbing tales of excessive spending is now board chairman of a New York City nonprofit that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society, the group announced Tuesday.

Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:20pm

Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.

House approves bill to tighten control on VA construction

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.

FDA panel backs lower-cost version of J&J's top-selling drug

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:11pm

Federal health advisers have endorsed a lower-cost version of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster drug Remicade, a pricey biotech medicine used to treat a number of inflammatory diseases.

The Latest: Texas man in nanny imprisonment case given bond

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:02pm

The Latest on a Houston-area couple accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their children and home without pay: (all times local):

IRS employee pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

Federal prosecutors in Alabama say an IRS employee has pleaded guilty in scheme involving more than $1 million in tax fraud.

APNewsBreak: Review critical of workplace safety policy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

An inspection has found the Vermont child welfare agency's workplace safety policy didn't have comprehensive measures to protect employees when a social worker was shot dead outside a state office building last August.

Agencies contend Facebook is breaching French privacy laws

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:51pm

Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.

Bill could bring more scholarship money to private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A state Senate committee has passed a bill that could bring more scholarship money to South Dakota's private and parochial schools.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

A Long Island artist has sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others over use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album.

Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer's assets

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:01pm

Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets.

Former Adelson casino exec takes dismissal case to US court

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:51pm

A former executive in billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's empire is asking a federal court in Nevada to rule on a continuing legal fight over his 2010 dismissal as head of operations in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:50pm

The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:20pm

Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger.

Toyota recalls Scion FR-S to fix ignition key problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand is recalling about 28,000 FR-S sports cars in North America because drivers can take the keys out of the ignition without the car being in park.

SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.

Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."