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Judge dismisses final charge against man in pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 5:17pm

A judge in North Dakota has dismissed the remaining charge against a South Dakota man who prosecutors alleged was part of the 2016 riot at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site.

Far from US-Mexico border, Seattle judge weighs wall funding

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:32pm

A federal judge in Washington state is considering whether to block President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars from military construction projects to build sections of border wall along the Southern border.

Chicago police end effort to predict gun offenders, victims

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:25pm

Chicago police have ended a program that sought to predict people most likely to be victims or perpetrators of gun crime, according to a watchdog report released Thursday that warned the department of serious flaws in the approach.

Trump ups mileage proposal slightly over Obama standard

Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:18pm

The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy requirement for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator complain it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the requirements set under the Obama administration.

Mario meet Hulk: Nintendo park coming to Universal Orlando

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:10pm

Harry Potter and Hulk: Welcome your new neighbors, Mario and Pokemon. A fourth park at Universal Orlando is being created based on characters from Nintendo, the park's owners announced Thursday.

Spain-Venezuela encounter by tarmac unleashes speculation

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:44pm

A secretive meeting this week by the tarmac of Madrid's international airport between two prominent officials from Spain and Venezuela triggered a political storm on Thursday, with conservative parties pressing Spain's left-wing government for full disclosure.

New York City Council votes to ban cashless businesses

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:34pm

New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards.

Questions linger over investigation into Jeff Bezos' hacking

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:07pm

Cybersecurity experts said Thursday there were still many unanswered questions from an investigation commissioned by Jeff Bezos that concluded the billionaire's cellphone was hacked, apparently after receiving a video file with malicious spyware from the WhatsApp account of Saudi Arabia's crown prince.

Buttigieg seeks validation from gathering of mayoral peers

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:03pm

For Pete Buttigieg, an appearance before a gathering of the nation's mayors Thursday was a home game.

Ex-pharmaceutical exec gets 5 1/2 years for pushing opioid

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:20pm

The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company was ordered to spend 5 1/2 years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.

New Mexico leads US in pecan production

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:17pm

The numbers are in and U.S. agricultural officials say New Mexico marked a record year of pecan production in 2019 to lead the nation.

John Kapoor, founder of pharmaceutical company Insys, gets 5 1/2 years in prison for orchestrating opioid scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:15pm

John Kapoor, founder of pharmaceutical company Insys, gets 5 1/2 years in prison for orchestrating opioid scheme.

Alleged rape victim names Lyft, St. Louis driver in lawsuit

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:42pm

A woman who says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of prioritizing profits over passenger safety.

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

Jim Morris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:11pm

A Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States.

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:15pm

Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature.

North Dakota signals no new conditions on pipeline expansion

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:09pm

North Dakota regulators signaled Thursday that the state would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:05pm

Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach.

Former Wells Fargo CEO fined $17.5M for sales scandal

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:35am

Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank's sales practices scandal. Stumpf also accepted a lifetime ban from the banking industry.

'NewsHour' host and debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Mark Kennedy and David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:34am

Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85.