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CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:41pm

The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed.

Officials: Stolen California succulents, smuggled to Asia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:29pm

State wildlife officials say they uncovered an international plant heist involving thieves from Korea and China slipping into Northern California's wild landscapes to pluck succulents they then sell in a thriving black market in Asia.

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:29pm

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned.

Closing arguments in fraud trial of former bank executives

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:58pm

Four former Wilmington Trust Corporation executives knew they were misleading banking regulators and investors by concealing the truth about the bank's imploding commercial real estate loan portfolio in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in the defendants' federal fraud and conspiracy trial.

Iowa governor defends secrecy surrounding firing of ally

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:49pm

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday defended the secrecy surrounding her firing of a longtime ally accused of sexual harassment, saying she doesn't have to release more information while insisting the matter was handled appropriately.

US stocks dip and bond yields set four-year highs

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:47pm

U.S. stocks are lower Monday after an early gain faded. Technology companies are taking some of the biggest losses. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is getting close to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn't reached since January 2014. That's pushing the price of gold and silver down, while aluminum producers are sinking after the Treasury Department moved to ease sanctions against Russian aluminum company Rusal.

Appeals court allows necessity defense in pipeline protest

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:42pm

Four protesters can present an unusual "necessity defense" against criminal charges stemming from efforts to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

SugarHouse Casino Welcomes KC and The Sunshine Band

Sugarhouse Casino, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:34pm

such as “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)” — to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, August 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the band’s show will go on sale on Friday, April 27, and cost from $59 to $79.

Sears' biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

Damian Troise and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:21pm

Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer.

London court agrees to extradite Agrokor founder to Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:13pm

A London court agreed Monday to extradite the founder of indebted Croatia-based food and retail company Agrokor, the country's most-wanted fugitive.

US appeals court rejects copyright suit over monkey selfies

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:00pm

U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits claiming animals have copyrights to photographs, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday in a case over selfies taken by a monkey.

The Latest: Ohio auditor interviewed ECOT whistleblower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:00pm

The Latest on a whistleblower's claims of data manipulation by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (all times local):

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

Carole Feldman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:47am

Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.

Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:39am

The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him.

Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:37am

Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of "Avengers: Infinity War" Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn't be coming at a better time.

Report: Iran officially bans use of cryptocurrencies

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:33am

Iran's Central Bank has officially banned the use of cryptocurrencies in financial transactions in order to prevent money laundering and terrorism, a newspaper reported Monday.

Dutch lawyer seeks Qatari compensation for terror victims

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:19am

A prominent human rights lawyer demanded Monday that Qatar compensate Dutch-based victims of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian extremist group, saying the Al Nusra group was financed by Qatar-based funding networks.

Legislative hearing on aid-in-dying bill attracts big crowds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:57am

A legislative hearing on a proposal in New York that would allow people with a terminal illness to request life-ending medication from their physician has attracted hundreds of people on both sides of the contentious issue.

With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:42am

With its sales falling due to the liquidation of Toys R Us, Hasbro is looking for new places to sell Monopoly, My Little Pony and its other toys.