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Latest: Democrats: White House signals support for Flint aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

NRF forecasts retail sales growth of 3.1 percent in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

The National Retail Federation is forecasting retail spending growth of 3.1 percent in 2016, a slowdown from the group's annual estimate a year ago.

The Latest: European markets close up amid Yellen comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:21am

The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local):

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Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver

Tom Krisher and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:00am

Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has found.

Yellen: Slower rate hikes if economy disappoints

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:50am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest rate hikes.

Twitter tweaks its timeline to look a bit more like Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:41am

Twitter is tweaking its timeline.

HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:50am

HBO Now has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched on Apple TV in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers in the latest quarter.

Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker charged in payday loan scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:50am

Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker has been charged in a payday lending operation offering quick cash over the Internet to desperate people.

Panel to consider $15.7 million for mental health institutes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:10am

The Legislature's budget committee is set to consider state health officials' request to spend more on Wisconsin's mental health institutes.

The Latest: Snyder wants to expand state police in cities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:01am

The Latest on Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal (all times local):

Montgomery votes against WVU Tech relocation agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:50am

Montgomery City Council members voted against an agreement that offers economic support from West Virginia University if the city promises not to sue over the relocation for WVU Institute of Technology from Montgomery to Beckley.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:41am

Debate over whether to tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made of only men. Some say governments that make money this way penalize women for their biology -- at least five U.S. states have dumped taxes on such products.

Inadequate oversight blamed in deadly Illinois highway crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:41am

Failed safety oversight was partly to blame for a deadly crash near Chicago in which a truck driver for a company already flagged as high-risk fell asleep and plowed into emergency vehicles, a federal accident investigations board said. The panel urged the government to turn to the insurance industry for help.

Educators back Wolf, but skeptical he'll win over lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:30am

Pennsylvania educators are happy to see Gov. Tom Wolf advocating for another big boost in aid to public schools in his second budget proposal, but they are skeptical that he will secure a significant victory from the state Legislature since he's yet to secure victory in his first attempt.

Subaru recalling 82,661 Tribeca SUVs because hoods can open

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:30am

Subaru is recalling 82,661 Tribeca SUVs because their hoods can open unexpectedly while driving.

Asahi offers to buy Peroni, Grolsch beers from AB Inbev

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:22am

Budweiser-maker AB InBev has received a binding offer of 2.55 billion euros ($2.85 billion) for the European beer brands Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime — a sale that is meant to address regulatory concerns about its mega merger with SABMiller.

Chancellor: Cash-strapped UC Berkeley faces tough decisions

Lisa Leff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:21am

The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it hopes to sustain its national standing as a premier public institution, the school's chancellor warned Wednesday.

UConn warns cuts could lead to closing regional campuses

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:20am

UConn President Susan Herbst is asking lawmakers to spare the school major budget cuts, warning that continued cutting could lead to the elimination of academic programs, sports and the closing of regional campuses.

Foundation that gives National Book Awards names director

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:20am

The former publisher of the literary magazine Guernica has been named executive director of the National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards.