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Eyewear website operator sentenced to 2 more years in prison

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:21pm

An eyewear website operator who was sentenced to four years in prison after threatening customers with rape and murder was ordered Thursday to serve an additional two years in prison by an angry New York judge who said the unrepentant businessman mocked the criminal justice system with lies and deception after his release.

Texas senator convicted of 11 federal felony charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:17pm

A state senator from San Antonio faces a potentially long prison term after his conviction Thursday on 11 federal counts of money laundering and wire and securities fraud.

First National Bank to halt production of NRA credit card

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:15pm

The nation's largest privately-owned bank says it will stop producing credit cards for the National Rifle Association in response to customer feedback.

Man who admitted to concert scam wants to take plea back

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:13pm

A North Carolina man who admitted to defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert now wants to take back his guilty plea.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:11pm

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The Latest: Coast Guard rescues 40-plus people in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:04pm

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Mississippi gives tax break to hotel tied to Trump company

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

Mississippi has granted a tax break worth just over $6 million to a hotel developer affiliated with the Trump Organization.

States to forego most of $650M legal settlement with Takata

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:54pm

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has reached a $650 million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C., but only a fraction of the money will be paid due to Takata's financial problems and bankruptcy.

Woman who scammed Victoria's Secret online gets probation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:49pm

A Pennsylvania woman who stole about $30,000 from Victoria's Secret through an online scam has been spared a prison term.

Budget cuts could close Kentucky's poison control center

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:41pm

Kentucky could become the only state in the country without access to a poison control center, including the national hotline used by police, hospitals and parents more than 136 times a day for guidance on exposure to opioids and other harmful substances.

CBS names Margaret Brennan as 'Face the Nation' anchor

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:28pm

In appointing Margaret Brennan as moderator of "Face the Nation" on Thursday, CBS News gets the first person with day-to-day experience covering the Trump administration as host of a Sunday morning political talk show.

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:18pm

A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Romanian minister calls for firing of anti-graft prosecutor

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:03pm

Romania's justice minister called on Thursday for the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be removed from her post, citing what he said were serious concerns about the way she did her job.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:02pm

Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay.

Correction: Tax Overhaul-Company Spending story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:01pm

In a story Feb. 20 about the tax overhaul and companies raising dividends and share buybacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sirius XM had increased its share buyback following the tax overhaul. The company is keeping the same level of buybacks as it did before the tax cuts.

Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:02pm

Alabama has moved closer to approving the use of nitrogen gas in executions - a method so far untested in the United States.

Eni executive: drilling off Cyprus could be put on hold

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:50am

The head of Italian energy firm Eni said Thursday that planned drilling in search of gas off Cyprus could be put on hold until Turkey can be convinced to pull back its warships preventing a rig from reaching the site.

Officials: Trolley driver paid man $2K to attack him on job

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:26am

Authorities say a Massachusetts trolley driver paid a man $2,000 to attack him while wearing a Halloween mask so the driver could fraudulently collect workers' compensation and disability insurance.

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:06am

A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.