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Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, at least 11 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:09pm

A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring several people and prompting fire officials to urge people living near the still-burning plant to evacuate their homes.

After tax cuts many saw as a failure, Kansas may cut again

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:10pm

Kansas has some financial breathing room less than a year after legislators reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget woes that followed what many voters saw as a failed fiscal experiment. Now some Republicans want to go back to slashing taxes.

US lawmakers assail EPA chief over ethical missteps

Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:09pm

Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said "half-truths" and "twisted" allegations were an effort to undermine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda.

The Latest: 11 hurt in explosion at Wisconsin refinery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:04pm

The Latest on a Wisconsin refinery explosion that injured several people (all times local):

Atlanta wants probe into $500K in bonuses given by ex-mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:38am

Atlanta leaders want to investigate after former Mayor Kasim Reed's administration gave more than $518,000 in bonuses to city employees during Reed's last days in office.

The Latest: Macron hails pledge to fight terror financing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:33am

The Latest on the Paris conference on combating terror financing (all times local):

Oregon's struggles tracking pot reflect industrywide problem

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:29am

To the beat of electronic dance music, men and women inside a slate-gray building harvested marijuana plants festooned with radio-frequency identification tags. In another room, an employee entered the tag numbers into a government database.

Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit climbs 22 percent

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:29am

Union Pacific Corp.'s first-quarter earnings chugged ahead 22 percent as the railroad hauled 2 percent more freight and increased its prices.

Water exec: Uncertain mix of chemicals from consumer taps

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:24am

A public water utility that studied what it was serving its 200,000 North Carolina customers is finding a soup of unregulated industrial chemicals with uncertain health effects, including some that university researchers didn't know existed.

Northwest medical waste treatment plant fined for pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:20am

A company that treats medical waste from Washington, Oregon and Idaho has been fined for a series of improper releases of polluted wastewater.

Anger over banks' gun policies snags $600M road plan

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:12am

Louisiana's plans to finance about $600 million in interstate projects got tangled up Thursday in a dispute over moves by two banking giants to restrict gun sales by their business customers.

Facebook and other big tech stocks rally as US indexes climb

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:09am

U.S. stocks are rising Thursday as Facebook leads a big rally for technology companies. The social media platform jumped after its recent data privacy scandal didn't appear to affect business in the first quarter. Other big technology companies also moved higher, as did retailers. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ford and Visa also rose after they gave strong first-quarter reports.

The Latest: MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:09am

The Latest on MGM's plans to open a casino in Massachusetts (all times local):

2 black men 'humiliated' when gym staffers called police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:09am

Two black men said they were humiliated when staffers at their New Jersey gym twice called police on them and wrongly accused them of not paying, despite one of them being a member for eight years.

UK lawmakers press to stay in EU customs union after Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:09am

British lawmakers are pressing the government to change course and keep the U.K. in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit.

Of Mutual Interest: Are stocks on the comeback trail?

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:01am

Investors have been uneasy since stocks dived 10 percent in just nine days in early February. The market has seen big losses and big gains since, mostly driven by a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, and has yet to return to the record highs of late January.

UPS reports 15 percent rise in 1Q profit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:40am

More deliveries and higher revenue per package boosted first-quarter profit at UPS, but the company was hampered by rising costs as it upgrades its network to keep up with online shopping.

More than 70 countries commit to combat terror financing

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:27am

More than 70 countries committed Thursday to bolster efforts in the fight against terrorism financing associated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

GM 1Q earnings fall 60 percent, triggering stock slide

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:27am

General Motors' first-quarter net income fell 60 percent from a year ago, and its shares fell even though the numbers beat Wall Street estimates.

UK lawmakers call on Zuckerberg to appear before them

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:25am

The U.K. parliament's media committee demanded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before the panel after lawmakers said the senior executive who testified Thursday failed to fully answer their questions about the data protection scandal that has engulfed the company.