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Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Harvey floods

Reese Dunklin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:26pm

The federal agency that investigates industrial accidents offered muted criticism Thursday of the Houston-area chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey and partially exploded.

Study: Some public pensions funds could run dry in downturn

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:08pm

Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday.

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:07pm

A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone's features to lure people into buying its competing products.

Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver's bumper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:49pm

Talk about gunning the engine.

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:47pm

An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.

Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:33pm

A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

Correction: Right to Work-Referendum-The Latest story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:33pm

In a story May 18 about a right-to-work referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Senate Concurrent Resolution moving the election date did not require the governor's signature to take effect. While some concurrent resolutions do not require a governor's signature, this one did, and the governor signed it May 24.

Tommy Chong reflects on pot's evolution as he turns 80

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:07pm

Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:07pm

Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don't endorse a particular candidate.

California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:03pm

Facebook and other social media companies could be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday.

Remains of WWII seaman killed in Pearl Harbor to return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:57pm

The remains of a U.S. Navy seaman killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor have been identified and will be returned to his Pennsylvania hometown.

Kansas water park: Rides won't open until issues resolved

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:39pm

The operator of a Kansas water park where a boy was killed on a giant waterslide in 2016 is accusing the state of a "malicious effort" to "stir up unfounded fear," though it says park rides won't open for the season until issues raised in a recent state audit are resolved.

Security company, state argue venue in Dakota Access dispute

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:35pm

Attorneys for North Dakota regulators and a North Carolina-based private security company argued in court Thursday over the proper venue to resolve a dispute over whether the company acted illegally during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and should be fined.

Gap profit misses forecasts on sales slump at namesake brand

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:31pm

Gap Inc. reported a first-quarter profit that missed Wall Street expectations, hurt by a deeper slump in demand for its namesake label. Its shares fell 7 percent in extended trading.

Brewery told to stop making beer with hemp-derived extract

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:29pm

U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting.

The Latest: Twitter to verify US political advertisers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:23pm

The Latest on online political ads (all times local):

Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:13pm

Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project.

The Latest: Court says defendants could get Facebook info

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:07pm

The Latest on California high court's decision on social media access for criminal defendants (all times local):

The Latest: Trump administration defends Keystone pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:03pm

The Latest on a legal challenge to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. (all times local):

St. Jude: $100M for children with cancer global outreach

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:53pm

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has helped with the treatment of thousands of cancer-stricken children around the world. Striving to reach so many more, the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital announced a $100 million plan Thursday to expand its global outreach.