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Illinois prison agency rescinds nurse layoffs to still talk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:59pm

The Illinois Department of Corrections has withdrawn its plan to lay off 124 nurses while continuing to negotiate with the state employees' union.

Japan economy's vital signs dull in March, but views upbeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:58pm

Japan reports that its manufacturing output and household spending fell in March, while the jobless rate remained at a 22-year low of 2.8 percent.

The Latest: No House vote on health care this week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:40pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Appeals panel agrees to delay case on coal plant pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:19pm

The Trump administration has successfully delayed a legal fight over enforcing Obama-era restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout, Mexico leaned on diplomacy

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:09pm

Like the rest of the world, Mexico only learned through media reports that the Trump administration was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:34pm

Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Facing backlash on killings, Duterte to find solace in ASEAN

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:24pm

When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this weekend, the spotlight will be on him. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs.

Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:46pm

The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.

White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:46pm

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats.

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:36pm

Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:24pm

Senate Democrats late Thursday blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, roiling Washington with brinkmanship less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown and President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:14pm

A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.

Kansas governor seeks $24M to ban guns at state hospitals

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:06pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed Thursday spending an additional $24 million over two years on armed guards and other security measures that would allow Kansas to continue banning concealed guns at state hospitals for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

New York bus terminal project shifts focus to existing site

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:06pm

A plan to replace the nation's busiest bus terminal has shifted focus to the facility's existing site in the heart of the city after a previous plan to move it a block west encountered strong resistance from lawmakers.

Colorado: No sign yet of well leak in fatal home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:34pm

Colorado regulators have found no sign of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well, but they are still running tests, officials said Thursday.

Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump's secretary of labor

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:34pm

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

2nd Waffle House co-founder dies weeks after partner's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:23pm

Thomas Francis Forkner Sr., who jumped from selling real estate to the restaurant business when he co-founded Waffle House in the 1950s, has died less than two months after the death of his business partner who recruited him to help launch the famous Southern diner chain.

The Latest: Tillerson says China asked NK to stop nuke tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:06pm

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

Starbucks says Unicorn Frappuccino shows its digital savvy

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:06pm

Starbucks is pointing to the Unicorn Frappuccino as an example of its digital savvy, and ability to ride out of its sales slump.

The Latest: Senate confirms Acosta as Trump's man at labor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:41pm

The Latest on Alex Acosta's confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor (all times EDT):