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A look and what passed and failed in the '16 session

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:11pm

Alabama lawmakers ended the 2016 legislative session on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of what passed and failed in Montgomery this year.

Things to know about California's new tobacco, vaping laws

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 5:00pm

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed five laws that increase California's minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and restrict tobacco use in various other ways.

The Latest: Juneau using cruise ship fees for legal costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:51pm

The Latest on a lawsuit involving a Juneau whale sculpture (all times local):

Never-completed TVA nuclear plant that cost $4B for sale

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:32pm

The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that has cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades.

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:30pm

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.

Illinois Senate approves $454 million more for colleges

Ivan Moreno and Ashley Lisenby, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:20pm

The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to spend an additional $454 million on struggling colleges and universities, another stopgap measure as lawmakers continue an epic standoff over a full budget.

Former deep-sea treasure hunter to have competency evaluated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:01pm

A federal judge in Ohio has ordered a competency evaluation of a former deep-sea treasure hunter who's jailed for refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.

Trial to examine mind and decisions of mogul Sumner Redstone

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

Illness has robbed Sumner Redstone of his voice, but a trial scheduled to begin Friday will determine whether the ailing media mogul remains competent enough to make key decisions about his life.

Lawsuit over Bangladesh garment factory collapse dismissed

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

A Delaware judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against three major U.S. clothing retailers after the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people.

Colorado city to pay those sent to jail over court fines

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:00pm

In a rare move, a Colorado city has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking.

Military reports fewer sex assaults; more intervention urged

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:50pm

The number of sexual assaults reported by the military dipped slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year, spurring military leaders to look for new ways to encourage troops to intervene when they see a potentially dangerous situation.

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:50pm

Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked.

Backers fight for children's health insurance in Arizona

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:41pm

Backers of a proposal to restore a program providing health insurance to poor children used a legislative maneuver Thursday as a last-gasp measure to get their proposal enacted into law.

Tesla bold production plan brings out skeptics, shares fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:41pm

Once again, Tesla Motors is staring down the naysayers.

The Latest: NYC mayor to sign 5-cent charge for plastic bags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:41pm

The Latest on New York City's plastic bag law (all times local):

Indian Health Service looks to expand telehealth care

Dirk Lammers, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:31pm

The Indian Health Service is looking to expand telehealth care across the Great Plains in the wake of federal inspections that uncovered serious quality-of care deficiencies at some of its facilities.

What's for dinner? The New York Times wants to help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:31pm

The New York Times Co., which has delivered newspapers for decades, now wants to help deliver food to people's door steps.

The Latest: UNC could lose $1.4 billion over due to LGBT law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:11pm

The Latest on disagreements over a North Carolina law that restricts transgender people to public restrooms aligned with their biological sex and prevents governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules (all times local):

Wal-Mart brings back greeters at the store door

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:11pm

Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.