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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.

Original power lunch eatery to close and everything must go

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:10pm

New York's original power lunch restaurant is closing and everything must go.

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.

Gov: Puerto Rico braces for lawsuits as major default looms

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:30pm

Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that the U.S. territory is bracing for multiple lawsuits as a major default looms over a $470 million bond payment.

US rig count drops 11 this week to 420, another all-time low

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:30pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices.

Purdue-based national steel consortium aims to help industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:11pm

A new national consortium has been established to come up with ideas that could help the domestic steel industry.

Huge fireball in gas explosion burns homes, fleeing man

Keith Srakocic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:10pm

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.

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:00pm

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

First widely available Zika test OK'd for emergency use

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:00pm

The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week.