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'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:43pm

Robert M. Pirsig, whose novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic after more than 100 publishers turned it down, has died.

Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:43pm

Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

MetLife asks court to put hold on 'too big to fail' case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:43pm

MetLife is asking a federal appeals court to put on hold a ruling on whether the government can tag the insurance giant as a potential threat to the financial system.

Chief: Fire near university among largest in county history

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:40pm

Fire officials say a massive fire at a building under construction near the University of Maryland is still burning more than six hours after it started.

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Jury split in 1st trial over Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:32pm

A jury in Las Vegas convicted two men in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch in 2014 but then deadlocked on federal charges against four others later Monday.

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:32pm

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:31pm

A federal prosecutor says politically connected New York lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman as they try to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case diplomatically.

The Latest: Mistrial declared for 4 in Cliven Bundy standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:16pm

The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents (all times local):

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:13pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:13pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:10pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:04pm

A Seattle-based seafood processor that operates in Alaska would pay a $1.3 million civil penalty under a proposed settlement of clean air violations.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:59pm

After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Passengers in viral airline videos have same lawyer

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:59pm

The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer — the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month.

Gold lower, silver higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:59pm

The April gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1275.60 an ounce -- down $11.60.

Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown

Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:48pm

Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Wisconsin dairy farms face closure due to Canadian policies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:47pm

A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to some dairy farms threatened by Canada's milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close.

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:47pm

Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list.

Governor to tighten regulations after boy's waterslide death

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:47pm

The death of a colleague's son has spurred lawmakers in the often anti-regulation Kansas to toughen the state's inspection requirements for amusement parks.

Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:42pm

U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Most of those complaints were compiled and made available for anyone to see as part of a database administered by the federal government.