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Michigan sues company over Great Lakes power cable damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:44pm

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has sued the company he says damaged electric cables and oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel by dragging a tugboat anchor across them.

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:44pm

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

Mattel CEO to step down after being at helm for 14 months

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:41pm

Mattel Inc. announced Thursday that its CEO Margo Georgiadis is stepping down and is being succeeded by a company director and former studio executive.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:34pm

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that the healthiest global economy in years is threatened by rising debt levels, volatile financial markets and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

Texas deputy stumbles upon suspect in Vegas picnic shooting

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:29pm

A disgruntled casino employee accused of shooting two executives at a company picnic in Las Vegas planned an escape and spent days on the run before a sheriff's deputy happened upon him sleeping in a car Thursday near a small Texas Panhandle town, authorities said.


Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:27pm

Raul Castro stepped down as president of Cuba on Thursday, handing power to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for six decades in the hands of a Communist Party official who remains little known to most people on the island.

US officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

Luis Alonso Lugo and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:23pm

Finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize the proceeds arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders, two U.S. Treasury officials said Thursday.

Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:44pm

The case of British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus was delayed Thursday to allow his attorneys more time to prepare arguments on why a judge should suppress statements he made after his arrest for allegedly creating software to steal banking passwords.

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:44pm

A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy.

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

David Koenig and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:39pm

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

Philip Morris and Procter & Gamble stumble as Amazon surges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:33pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:29pm

The Trump administration is moving forward on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.

The Latest: British cybersecurity expert's US case delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:27pm

The Latest on the criminal case of a British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus (all times local):

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:23pm

NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.

Power restored to those hit by Puerto Rico blackout

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:14pm

Puerto Rico's power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to all customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

Emily Schmall and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:11pm

Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators.

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:09pm

An acrid stink of petroleum three years ago sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling in a search for a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach they witnessed oil staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. Uphill they discovered oil gushing like a fire hose "without a nozzle."

'Fearless Girl' to leave Wall Street's 'Charging Bull'

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:07pm

New York's "Fearless Girl" statue that has become a global symbol of female business prowess will be moved from her spot staring down Wall Street's bronze "Charging Bull" to a new home facing the New York Stock Exchange.

Markets Right Now: First loss this week for US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:07pm

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

The Latest: Picnic shooting suspect found after plate check

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:51pm

The Latest on the arrest of a former casino dealer accused of a deadly shooting at a company picnic (all times local):