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Hospital: 'Poor decisions' by staff giving outsize pain meds

Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:03am

An Ohio doctor's orders for potentially fatal doses of pain medicine given to at least 27 hospital patients were carried out by employees who "made poor decisions" and ignored existing safeguards, a top administrator told staff in an internal video.

Poll: Support for 'Medicare-for-all' fluctuates with details

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:47am

"Medicare-for-all" makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they'd pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it.

Union at Audi plant in Hungary to hold week-long strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:03am

A union of autoworkers at a plant in Hungary of German carmaker Audi says it will launch a week-long strike after unsuccessful negotiations over wages and benefits with the company.

Little taking applications for Idaho oil and gas commission

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:42am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is accepting applications for a spot on the five-member Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Comcast loses cable users, but internet subscribers surge

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:33am

Comcast continues to lose its U.S. cable customers, but racked up more internet subscribers and got a revenue boost from Sky, its big bet on European TV.

Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:25am

When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit.

Employee? Independent contractor? How to keep it legal

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:25am

Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren't employees.

The Latest: Official says EU needs clarity to delay Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:24am

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

Forgoing staffers, many businesses turn to freelancers

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:19am

It hasn't been lost on small business owners that Uber and other ride-sharing services are enormously successful without having employees doing the work. It's one of the reasons why small companies are forgoing employees in favor of independent contractors.

Idaho Geological Survey seeks budget increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:14am

The agency that provides information about Idaho's geology and minerals and makes natural gas and oil production records available is asking state lawmakers to approve a $1.25 million budget.

Georgia SOS seeks to replace criticized voting machines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:02am

Georgia's new elections chief is asking lawmakers for $150 million to replace the state's aging electronic voting machines, which experts have warned are vulnerable to hacking.

The Latest: Los Angeles teachers union sued over dues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:49am

The Latest on the end of the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local):

Egypt's el-Sissi says most painful of reforms is over

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:32am

Egypt's president said Wednesday that the most painful part of his ambitious economic reform program was over, but cautioned there was still some way to go before it's completed.

Spokane airport sees record number of passengers in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:31am

Spokane International Airport saw its busiest year in 2018, with nearly four million people traveling out of the facility.

Canadian ambassador: Huawei exec could avoid US extradition

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:29am

Canada's ambassador to China said a top Chinese executive has a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States in remarks one of his predecessors said were "mind-boggling.

Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:20am

When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit.

Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:17am

When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit.

US stocks slide as health care and energy companies slip

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:17am

Stocks are lower in early afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday after giving up an early gain.

Organic price premiums dip as demand grows, choices multiply

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:03am

U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply.