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Utah plans to take legal action over mine waste spill

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.

Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.

Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.

The Latest: Utah to take legal action over mine waste spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

The Latest on news that Utah regulators say the EPA failed to inform them about contaminants in river water after a massive mine spill that fouled water in three states (all times local):

Head of LeafLine to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

The head of one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers is leaving the company, just eight months after moving there from his oversight role with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Health Department offers buyouts amid Oklahoma budget crisis

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11pm

At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday.

House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:00pm

Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

What Facebook's policy on nudity means in practice

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:32pm

What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images?

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.

The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

Brady McCombs and Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

Right fight; wrong strategy.

Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has voted to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved.

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

State senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion

Rashah McChesney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the womb before performing abortions.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:21pm

Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:11pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.