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NY lawmakers pass state Dream Act

David Klepper and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 5:58pm

New York lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend state financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children, a key liberal priority that had been blocked by Republicans for years until Democrats won control of the state Senate last fall.

US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:21pm

Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.

Idaho seeks to increase assessment for private forest owners

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:40pm

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that will for the first time in 16 years raise the assessment private forest owners pay the state to make sure logging is done in a sustainable way and in compliance with Idaho laws.

Jennie-O to donate $25,000 in reward money to Jayme Closs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:37pm

Hormel Foods and Jennie-O say they'll donate the $25,000 it had offered in reward money for information leading to Jayme Closs directly to the 13-year-old girl.

Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 14-20

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:19pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

McDonald's fries up a 1-hour deal for bacon lovers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:18pm

McDonald's is getting ready to test the idea that bacon goes with everything.

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:10pm

At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas.

PG&E: Judge's proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:07pm

Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere with the work of federal and state regulators, the utility said Wednesday in a court filing urging the judge not to impose the measures.

Boy in critical condition after falling from Ferris wheel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:53pm

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy in Utah is in critical condition after falling from a Ferris wheel at a sporting goods store.

Capital One and Abbott fall while IBM and Comcast jump

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:46pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Verizon cutting about 800 jobs in troubled media business

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:43pm

Verizon is cutting about 800 jobs, or 7 percent of its media and advertising employees, as it reorganizes the troubled division.

Ford posts quarterly loss amid struggles in Europe, China

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:23pm

Ford Motor Co., which has struggled overseas and saw U.S. sales fall last year, reported its first quarterly net loss in two years Wednesday.

Manafort denies lying to investigators after plea agreement

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:23pm

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman on Wednesday denied allegations he lied to investigators after he began cooperating with them.

Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:13pm

There aren't many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in a tent.

Q&A: A look at what happens when drones get near airports

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:09pm

and inconvenience their passengers — has now been demonstrated on two continents, and the problem is likely to get worse as the number of small, unmanned devices multiply.

The Latest: PG&E objects to judge's proposals on fire risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:57pm

The Latest on proposals by a U.S. judge aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 (all times local):

Cities appeal dismissal of lawsuits against opioid makers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:57pm

Thirty-seven cities and towns in Connecticut have appealed a judge's dismissal of their lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers for the opioid crisis.

Russia presents info on missile US says violates pact

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:44pm

The Russian military on Wednesday rolled out a new missile and released its specifications, seeking to dispel the U.S. claim that the weapon violates a key nuclear arms pact.

Gold, silver edge higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:35pm

The January gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,283.10 an ounce -- up 60 cents.

Prosecutors urge judge to consult with court monitor on PG&E

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:26pm

U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires.