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Utility eyes early retirement for Wyoming coal-fired units

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 12:39pm

A utility company is considering early retirement for one Wyoming coal-fired power plant and part of another to keep down costs.

Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

Candice Choi& Health Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 11:38am

As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey , ground beef , cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don't appear to be going away anytime soon.

Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 11:05am

The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the number announced earlier by the U.S.-led coalition, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday.

Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

Michele Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 11:03am

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don't have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.

Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

Michele Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:57am

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don't have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.

AP Analysis: Justice Dept. reversal could cost states $220M

Regina Garcia Cano and Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:57am

A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million in annual lottery profits that they use to fund college scholarships, senior citizen services and a variety of other programs.

Energy company worker hurt in North Carolina explosion dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:55am

An energy company employee who was critically injured in a natural gas explosion in North Carolina has died.

The Latest: France's Macron vows to cut middle-class taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:54am

The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's solutions to quell the economic anger of yellow vest protests(all times local):

Symphony, union accept Emanuel offer to help end strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:49am

Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages.

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:33am

Arkansas has sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state.

Altria 1Q earnings miss as cigarette sales continue to slide

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:27am

Shares of Altria Group, the nation's largest tobacco company, fell Thursday after the company's earnings missed expectations on lower cigarette revenue and big expenses aimed at diversifying its business.

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:18am

Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates.

Japan's Abe talks trade with EU chiefs ahead of US visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:14am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top European Union officials are discussing trade, bilateral ties and North Korea, on the latest leg of Abe's international tour to prepare for the G-20 summit in June.

It's not just record-high stocks feeling the Fed effect

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:07am

It's not just the stock market at a record high that's feeling the Fed effect.

Algeria takes action against corruption, questions tycoons

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 9:16am

Algerian authorities are embarking on a "Clean Hands" campaign aimed at rooting out corruption that has been linked to top tycoons and current and former government officials.

Alibaba marketplace stays on US government piracy blacklist

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 9:06am

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group remains on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that peddle counterfeit products.

US long-term mortgage rates up for 4th week; 30-year 4.20%

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 8:59am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the fourth straight week, though they remain historically low as a spur to home sales in the spring buying season.

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Scott McFetridge and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 8:33am

When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy.

Irish regulator investigates Facebook over exposed passwords

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 8:33am

Ireland's privacy regulator says it's investigating Facebook over the social media giant's recent revelation that it had left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed.