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Judge vacates directive over energy lease public comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:37pm

A judge in Idaho has overturned a federal directive to curtail environmental review and eliminate mandatory public comment periods concerning oil and gas leasing on some public lands.

Securities agents sue 2 SC utility execs over nuclear fraud

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:22pm

Two former executives at a South Carolina utility lied repeatedly to regulators and investors about the progress of construction of two nuclear reactors taking more than a billion dollars out of the pockets of investors and ratepayers, federal securities officials said.

NBC renews 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Chicago' dramas for 3 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:12pm

NBC is giving three-year renewals to its drama series from veteran producer Dick Wolf, including the perennial “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

US considers more water recycling _ including from oilfields

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:55pm

The Trump administration moved Thursday on a water-recycling push it says could get good use out of more of the wastewater that industries, cities and farms spew out, including the billions of barrels of watery waste generated by oil and gas fields each year.

Lawmakers push for Curt Flood's enshrinement in Hall of Fame

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:52pm

Curt Flood's widow has a simple explanation for why her late husband, who is revered by players for sacrificing his career to advocate for free agency, has not been enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame.

Regulators boost PG&E's wildfire fine to $2.1 billion

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:43pm

California power regulators on Thursday slapped Pacific Gas & Electric with a $2.1 billion fine for igniting a series of deadly wildfires that landed the beleaguered utility in bankruptcy.

Judge resigns amid use of racial slur in text messages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:44pm

A Louisiana judge resigned Thursday after several people, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, called for her to step down for using racial slurs in angry text messages.

A year after House vote, Dems challenge McConnell on guns

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:44pm

Frustrated Democrats again lambasted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as they marked a year of Senate inaction since the House passed landmark gun control legislation.

Proposal would end California cap on freelancer assignments

Cuneyt Dil, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:42pm

Bowing to intense criticism, the author of a sweeping new California labor law now wants to amend the statute to eliminate any cap on the number of assignments freelance journalists can take.

Bill to help small telecoms excise Huawei goes to Trump

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:28pm

The Senate has passed a bill to provide $1 billion for small telecom providers to replace equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE, sending the measure to President Donald Trump.

Owner of shuttered dairy pleads guilty in $60M fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:26pm

The owner of an award-winning organic dairy in Pennsylvania that abruptly closed its doors last fall pleaded guilty Thursday to running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of nearly $60 million.

In scramble to stop virus, testing raises tough questions

Mike Stobbe and Adam Geller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:21pm

Health officials confronted tough questions and doubts Thursday about testing to intercept the fast-spreading virus, with scrutiny focused on a four-day delay in screening an infected California woman despite her doctors’ early calls to do so.

Police identify victims of Milwaukee brewery shooting as employees ranging in age from 33 to 61

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:06pm

Police identify victims of Milwaukee brewery shooting as employees ranging in age from 33 to 61.

Police identify shooter in Milwaukee brewery shooting as electrician whose home was searched Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:06pm

Police identify shooter in Milwaukee brewery shooting as electrician whose home was searched Thursday.

US finds failures in USC's treatment of gynecologist claims

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:58pm

The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday it found systemic failures in the University of Southern California’s treatment of allegations of sexual abuse by a longtime campus gynecologist and ordered the school to overhaul its procedures for preventing sex discrimination and to conduct a formal review of how employees responded.

EU slaps sanctions on Turkish officials over Cyprus drilling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:50pm

The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on two senior members of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation and accused them of responsibility for illegal drilling in waters off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Investors' growing fears about virus outbreak sends Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 1,200 points

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:01pm

Investors' growing fears about virus outbreak sends Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 1,200 points.

Neighbors: Brewery gunman a 'gentleman'; no motive yet known

Gretchen Ehlke and Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:30pm

A Milwaukee electrician who police identified Thursday as the man who fatally shot five co-workers at one of the nation's largest breweries enjoyed building guns, according to neighbors.

Prosecutor: Arkema jeopardized public safety during Harvey

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:06pm

A company that owns a suburban Houston chemical plant jeopardized public safety when it failed to remove dangerous chemicals ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, resulting in a blaze that sent toxic smoke into the air and injured first responders, prosecutors told jurors on Thursday.