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With new elections near, US strains to curb Russia meddling

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:32pm

The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump's intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court.

Australian PM heading to US for talks with Trump, governors

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:14pm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S.

Centene-bought pharmacy won't give Missouri execution drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:12pm

A Missouri health care company on Tuesday said a pharmacy it recently bought won't provide execution drugs to the state, a pledge that came after media reports that the suburban St. Louis business had been the state's secret source of the drugs for years.

Judge tosses California law blocking actors' ages on website

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:42pm

A federal judge has struck down a California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors.

Judge declares mistrial in Philadelphia mob boss fraud case

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:22pm

A mistrial was declared on Tuesday in the New York City racketeering trial of a notorious Philadelphia mob boss who had insisted he quit his life of crime after a lengthy prison term.

Nancy Pelosi warns of tax cut effects during Phoenix visit

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:18pm

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told supporters in Phoenix Tuesday that the Republican tax cuts will have dire effects on the middle class in Arizona and across the nation.

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:18pm

Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations.

Box Office Top 20: 'Black Panther' scores record Monday

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:14pm

With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, "Black Panther" has set another box-office record: biggest Monday ever.

APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

Chris Carola, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:12pm

A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state's growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa.

3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 4:35pm

3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals over decades, Minnesota's attorney general announced Tuesday.

Colorado's top oil, gas regulator becoming energy consultant

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 4:34pm

Colorado's top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company, the state announced Tuesday.

Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 4:32pm

Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking the credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years.

Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 4:04pm

Latvia's official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking council rejected calls to resign Tuesday amid suspicions of bribery and an Associated Press report on allegations of extortion and connections to money laundering.

Rates on US Treasury bills rise at weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:47pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction to their highest levels in more than nine years.

Idaho budget-writers OK nearly 6 percent public schools hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:31pm

Idaho's legislative budget writers unanimously approved a nearly 6 percent increase to the state's public school budget on Monday.

The Latest: 3M: Don't believe health issue from PFCs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:16pm

The Latest on Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against 3M Co. over the manufacturer's disposal of chemicals that contaminated groundwater (all times local):

Gap and Walmart slump while NXP and Rite Aid rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:53pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:50pm

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums.

Walmart's bruising battle with Amazon saps its 4Q results

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:42pm

Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.

Idaho Senate backs so-called 'abortion reversal' bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:33pm

Idaho's Senate has approved a bill requiring doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway through, despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea.