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APNewsBreak: Trump lawyer gave loans to pot-linked cab mogul

Jake Pearson and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:45pm

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, whose business dealings are being investigated by the FBI, and his father-in-law have lent $26 million in recent years to a taxi mogul who is shifting into the legalized marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

EPA chief gets congressional scolding over ethical lapses

Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:27pm

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

The Latest: Authorities: Evacuation order will stay in place

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:13pm

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

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after strong results

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:53pm

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday after reports of strong U.S. earnings, as investors watched the inter-Korean summit.

Eyes on Koreas as Southeast Asian leaders hold summit

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 9:39pm

Southeast Asian leaders will discuss economic cooperation and Myanmar's refugee crisis at a summit in Singapore, but much of their attention will be focused on the history unfolding on the Korean Peninsula.

Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:13pm

The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University.

Authorities say the fire is out at a Wisconsin refinery where an explosion injured at least 11 people.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:31pm

Authorities say the fire is out at a Wisconsin refinery where an explosion injured at least 11 people.

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

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:22pm

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.

Ainslie's America's Cup team rebranded with $150M infusion

Bernie Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:03pm

A large infusion of cash will give Britain its best chance ever to reclaim the America's Cup, which it lost in 1851 and hasn't come close to winning back.

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:45pm

Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99.

Starbucks CEO says racial controversy hasn't affected sales

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:41pm

Starbucks' sales have not suffered over the outcry that ensued when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store, CEO Kevin Johnson said Thursday, but he vowed to remain committed to ensuring such an incident never happens again.

Amazon's quarterly profit more than doubles; shares soar

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:37pm

Amazon's first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.

Funerals set for 3 of 4 slain in the Waffle House shooting

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:17pm

Funeral arrangements have been set for three of the four fatal victims of the Waffle House shooting rampage, their deaths mourned as donations poured in Thursday for victims of last weekend's attack.

IT company Infosys plans adding 1,000 workers at Indiana hub

Aileen Chuang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:15pm

Information technology outsourcing company Infosys announced Thursday that it will build a campus in Indianapolis to continue an expansion in the United States that is expected to provide up to 3,000 jobs for the city in the coming years.

Mattel's 1Q sales shored up by Hot Wheels and Barbie

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:59pm

Mattel Inc. reported better-than-expected first-quarter sales Thursday as demand for Hot Wheels and Barbies helped soften the blow of the closing of the iconic Toys R Us chain.

MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:47pm

The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected.

Utility says retired underwater cables may be damaged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:44pm

A suspected anchor strike that severed two electric cables in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan may have damaged additional cables in the area that were taken out of service long ago but never removed from the water, officials said Thursday.

20 states seek to block Obama's health care law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:28pm

Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds.

At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Ellen Knickmeyer and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:13pm

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings.

Ex-HSBC Bank foreign exchange exec gets 2 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:08pm

The former head of HSBC Bank's foreign exchange cash trading was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison on charges he traded ahead of his customers to make millions of dollars in a scheme known as "front running."