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The Latest: County to launch 2nd audit of ex-fire official

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:41pm

The Latest on an audit that found two former top officials with Salt Lake County's firefighting agency may have violated state employee ethics laws (all times local):

Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:21pm

Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month.

Kansas legislators leery of budget fix yet moving toward it

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20pm

Kansas legislators on Wednesday slammed Gov. Sam Brownback's accounting move to mask a hole in the state budget, then signaled they may approve it anyway.

American Humane investigating 'A Dog's Purpose' incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20pm

The organization that ensures animal safety on film and television productions is investigating whether a frightened dog was forced into churning waters during the making of "A Dog's Purpose."

Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals that could allow the first turbines to go up as soon as next year.

Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:52pm

Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged.

The Latest: Florida Rep. Rutherford still in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:42pm

The Latest on Congress (all times EST):

Vegemite being bought by Australian dairy company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

Vegemite, the salty spread beloved in Australia, is being sold by the maker of Oreo cookies to an Australian dairy company.

The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):

JPMorgan settles mortgage discrimination lawsuit

Ken Sweet and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

How to improve your sex life without breaking the bank

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:32pm

For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty.

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:32pm

In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups.

American Airlines to sell restricted 'basic economy' ticket

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:31pm

The evolution of a caste system in the economy cabin of jetliners is deepening, with passengers divided and treated differently based on how much they are willing to pay the airline.

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:23pm

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Illinois governor's office: Senate plan won't erase deficit

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:21pm

An Illinois Senate plan to end the state's two-year budget stalemate would still leave a $4.3 billion deficit, Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Wednesday in a review obtained by The Associated Press.

The Latest: Out-of-state lawyers approved for protest cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20pm

The Latest on disputes over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota (all times local):

The Latest: George HW Bush, Barbara, in hospital overnight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:12pm

The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

North Dakota GOP says Burgum can't have heated garage floor

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:11pm

North Dakota's multimillionaire Republican Gov. Doug Burgum wants to pay for additions such as a heated garage floor to a new $5 million governor's mansion but GOP leaders in the Legislature say no.

Canadian Pacific accelerates CEO's retirement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51pm

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is accelerating the retirement of CEO Hunter Harrison by about six months after he inquired about the possibility of working with other major freight railroads.