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Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:18pm

A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.

The Latest: Arts group says it welcomes 53 contest finalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:02pm

The Latest on the Maine high school student who fled his native Zambia and sued to be allowed to participate in a U.S. poetry contest (all times local):

DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:02pm

The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

Boston Globe places columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:57pm

The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted.

Former Mexico governor extradited to US to face drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:57pm

The former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas has been extradited from Italy to the United States to face charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, money laundering and bank fraud, federal officials announced Friday.

Candidate buys ads on Sinclair TV stations to blast company

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:34pm

A Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat is using Sinclair Broadcast Group's own television stations to blast the company for forcing its reporters to read the conservative-leaning corporation's statements on air.

Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:03pm

A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.

Southwest sends apology, $5K, to passengers on damaged jet

Alexandra Villarreal, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:41pm

Southwest has sent a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded.

Texas gains 8 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,013

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:17pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,013.

The Latest: Governor vetoes 10 bills, wants teacher pay hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:09pm

The Latest on Arizona teachers' threat to strike and the governor's reaction (all times local):

FAA orders inspections of more jet engines like the one in fatal Southwest accident.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 3:06pm

— FAA orders inspections of more jet engines like the one in fatal Southwest accident.

Idaho sees job results after attracting firearms industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:53pm

Employment in the firearms industry in Idaho has grown in recent years following a state initiative a decade ago, officials said.

Trump administration pushes back against trade criticism

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:33pm

The Trump administration pushed back Friday against widespread complaints against its aggressive America First trade policies and urged the International Monetary Fund to do more to combat unfair trade practices.

Mexican relatives win injunction against Frida Kahlo Barbie

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:27pm

Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo said Friday they have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll.

SunTrust says ex-worker may have stolen data on 1.5M clients

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:19pm

SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft.

Motorist trapped by floodwaters calls rescue 'a miracle'

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:15pm

A woman who was saved by passing motorists as her vehicle sank in floodwaters off a rural Montana highway said Friday that her rescuers' heroics were a miracle.

Markets Right Now: Slumping tech stocks weigh on US indexes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:13pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Big banks saved $3.6B in taxes last quarter under new law

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:55pm

The nation's six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump.

Pruitt reassigned lawmen as drivers, bodyguards in Oklahoma

Ellen Knickmeyer and Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:39pm

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt assigned investigations agents from his office to be his driver and bodyguard, at times taking them on his frequent trips out of state to speak to conservative political organizations, state records show.