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Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:34pm

Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island.

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

David Koenig and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:24pm

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead.

Texas deputy stumbles upon suspect in Vegas picnic shooting

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:08pm

A disgruntled casino employee accused of shooting two executives at a company picnic in Las Vegas planned an escape and spent days on the run before a sheriff's deputy happened upon him sleeping in a car Thursday near a small Texas Panhandle town, authorities said.

5 indicted in alleged $80 million California recycling fraud

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:08pm

California has charged five people with defrauding the state's recycling program out of $80.3 million — the largest alleged fraud scheme in the program's history, officials said Thursday.

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:52pm

An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach, oil was staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. Uphill they discovered oil gushing like a fire hose "without a nozzle."

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:43pm

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

New Hampshire kills bill to protect drunken people in cars

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:36pm

The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected a measure to protect intoxicated people from drunken-driving charges while they are sobering up in their cars.

Reports: Wells Fargo to be fined $1B as early as Friday

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:29pm

Federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses, The New York Times and other news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources.

'Fearless Girl' to leave Wall Street's 'Charging Bull'

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:13pm

New York's "Fearless Girl" statue that has become a global symbol of female business prowess will be moved from her spot staring down Wall Street's bronze "Charging Bull" to a new home facing the New York Stock Exchange.

Illinois plan: Replace armed school officers with therapists

Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 4:09pm

Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that's far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Coroner testifies he's 'colorblind' in funeral home lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:57pm

A Mississippi coroner says he's "colorblind" when it comes to spending public money at funeral homes, but attorneys for six black-owned funeral homes say two white-owned companies receive a disproportionate share.

Board approves austerity plans for Puerto Rico amid protests

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:53pm

A majority of federal control board members approved new austerity measures for Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying they would help revitalize the economy and create more jobs amid the U.S. territory's 11-year recession, while the island's governor fired off a flurry of tweets promising to defy them.

Michigan sues company over Great Lakes power cable damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:44pm

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has sued the company he says damaged electric cables and oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel by dragging a tugboat anchor across them.

Mattel CEO to step down after being at helm for 14 months

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:41pm

Mattel Inc. announced Thursday that its CEO Margo Georgiadis is stepping down and is being succeeded by a company director and former studio executive.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:34pm

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that the healthiest global economy in years is threatened by rising debt levels, volatile financial markets and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

US officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

Luis Alonso Lugo and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:23pm

Finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize the proceeds arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders, two U.S. Treasury officials said Thursday.

Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:44pm

The case of British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus was delayed Thursday to allow his attorneys more time to prepare arguments on why a judge should suppress statements he made after his arrest for allegedly creating software to steal banking passwords.

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:44pm

A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy.

Philip Morris and Procter & Gamble stumble as Amazon surges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:33pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: