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Judge keeps most Keystone XL pipeline work on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 6:01pm

A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 5:36pm

Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:16pm

Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast.

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:16pm

Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot.

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:07pm

Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.

California teachers say announcement on strike coming

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:53pm

The union representing teachers in Oakland, California, says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was issued.

Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:52pm

Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.

IG report: Ex-housing agency director Watt misused position

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:14pm

Mel Watt, the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, misused his position when he attempted to coerce a female employee of the agency to engage in a personal relationship with him, according to a report from the agency's inspector general.

Mexican president announces bailout for cash-strapped Pemex

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 2:52pm

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $3.9 billion bailout for the country's cash-strapped, state-owned oil company Friday and promised it an additional $1.6 billion in revenue, making it a rescue package of up to $5.5 billion.

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

Carrie Antlfinger and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 2:50pm

A 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said.

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 2:43pm

With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses.

Lebanon's Cabinet wins vote of confidence in parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 2:43pm

Lebanon's parliament gave the new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri a vote of confidence after days of heated debates and harsh verbal exchanges.

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:58pm

Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. It cited unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials had not been delivered to all parts of the country.

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:24pm

Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump declares emergency with faulty claims

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:52pm

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border while acknowledging that rapid construction of a wall is not a necessity, but rather his preference. In justifying the extraordinary step, he brushed aside his administration's conclusions that drugs come into the country primarily at official points of entry, not over remote territory that a barrier could seal off.

Man arrested in 3rd fire at Mississippi furniture factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:49pm

A northeast Mississippi man is charged with three counts of second-degree arson in a furniture factory fire.

EPA hits chemical maker for not notifying on new compounds

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:38pm

A chemical maker's North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said this week.

Texas jury awards woman $37 million over Honda seat belts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:37pm

A Texas jury has awarded more than $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a 2015 car crash.

Illinois Democrats propose expanded abortion access

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:09pm

Illinois Democrats have introduced two measures that would expand abortion access in the state by removing a parental notification requirement and a ban on late-term abortions.

Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:51am

The Trump administration on Thursday announced the approval of two coal mining projects in southern Utah, including one nestled between two national parks in the state's red rock region.