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Texas court: Virus fear alone not enough for mail balloting

Paul J. Weber and Jake Bleiberg, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:48pm

Texas officials fighting to block widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic claimed victory after the state's highest court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus doesn't qualify someone to cast a ballot by mail.

NBC, producers say 'America's Got Talent' cleared by probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 4:43pm

An investigation of Gabrielle Union’s complaints of racism on the set of “America’s Got Talent” concluded that her allegations were unfounded, according to NBC and the show’s producers.

Trump threatens Twitter over fact checks: What's next?

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 4:20pm

Twitter has taken the unprecedented step of adding fact-check warnings to two of President Donald Trump’s tweets that falsely called mail-in ballots “substantially fraudulent” and predicted a “Rigged Election.” On Wednesday, the president threatened to impose new regulation on social media companies or even to “close them down."

Cheyenne Frontier Days canceled for 1st time in 124 years

Mead Gruver and Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 3:02pm

Cheyenne Frontier Days was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first time the event billed as the world’s largest outdoor rodeo has been called off in its 124-year history.

OSHA: 3 willful violations led to plant blasts in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 2:46pm

U.S. officials cited the owners of a Southeast Texas chemical plant where November blasts and fires injured three workers and caused widespread damage to the surrounding community.

PG&E's bankruptcy trial opens with attacks on voting process

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 2:09pm

An effort to block Pacific Gas and Electric's path out of bankruptcy kicked off Wednesday's trial on the plan in bankruptcy court as critics of the utility questioned whether the overwhelming vote in favor of the plan by wildfire victims was tainted by conflicts of interest and shoddy counting.

Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 2:05pm

classic quality-TV series from HBO like “The Sopranos," “The Wire” and “Sex and the City;” comfort-food network TV in “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory;” Superman and Batman movies from DC. The Warner Bros. film library stretches back decades to Hollywood's golden age. There's even a reboot of Looney Tunes.

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 1:42pm

President Donald Trump threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account – where else? -- to tweet his threats.

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 1:08pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Fed report notes businesses less optimistic about economy

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:57pm

Businesses across the country surveyed by the Federal Reserve don’t appear to share the Trump administration's optimism about a rapid economic recovery starting this summer.

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:40pm

The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely blames Obama for pricey drugs

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:16pm

President Donald Trump tangled the facts when he asserted Tuesday at a White House Rose Garden event that “Obamacare” raised prescription drug costs for older people — the opposite is true.

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:06pm

Stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street as hopes for a coming economic revival turn the market’s leaderboard upside down.

Man who hanged effigy of Kentucky governor fired from job

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:38am

A protester who participated in hanging an effigy of Kentucky's governor at an armed rally on the State Capitol grounds has been fired from his job at an auto dealer.

Boeing cuts 12,000 jobs, resumes production of grounded jet

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:33am

even after the corporate headquarters moved from Seattle to Chicago in 2001 — and it continues to have an outsized impact on the state’s economy.

Nation's capital set to begin a gradual reopening on Friday

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:28am

The nation's capital will begin a gradual reopening Friday, even as Mayor Muriel Bowser warns that it probably will result in more coronavirus infections.

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Freida Frisaro, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 10:43am

SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force.

UK says fishing deal with EU by end of June looks unlikely

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 10:11am

The U.K.'s chief negotiator with the European Union said Wednesday it's looking increasingly unlikely the two sides will agree — as hoped — on the terms of access to each other’s waters by the end of next month.

CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 10:08am

not by all, but a growing portion of institutional investors — that CEOs are overpaid,” said Amy Borrus, deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors. “It’s not so much that they’re overpaid but that it’s out of whack with corporate performance"