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Puerto Rico gov submits $25B budget amid deal with board

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:14pm

Puerto Rico's governor proposed a $25 billion budget to the island's legislature Tuesday in which retired government workers would keep their monthly pensions uncut and public school teachers and police officers would get pay raises.

Kansas finds violations at water park where boy died in 2016

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:09pm

A recent state inspection found 11 alleged violations of amusement park regulations at a Kansas water park where a boy died in 2016, with one raising questions about whether a ride's parts are being replaced as quickly as recommended.

Trayvon's parents say Weinstein's company owes them $150,000

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:02pm

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired television series based on their son's legacy.

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:02pm

A reporter for The Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants in which some reporters were welcomed and others were not.

Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:58pm

Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:46pm

A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said.

'Wake-up call': Vegas casino workers vote on citywide strike

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:44pm

Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers gathered at a university arena in red T-shirts and work uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent destination.

The Latest: Schlitterbahn critical of Kansas audit of park

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:26pm

The Latest on a recent state inspection of a Kansas water park where a boy died in 2016 (all times local):

Pruitt promises action on rising threat from contaminants

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:22pm

Soaring numbers of water systems around the country are testing positive for a dangerous class of chemicals widely used in items that include non-stick pans and firefighting foam, regulators and scientists said Tuesday.

Michigan OKs tax incentives for Detroit projects, Amazon

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:14pm

Michigan's economic development board awarded $618 million in tax incentives on Tuesday for a $2.1 billion development project in Detroit that includes a 58-story building on the site of the iconic former J.L. Hudson department store — the first use of new state tax breaks for "transformational" redevelopment work.

Senate hopeful Joe Arpaio mum on details of Trump policies

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:12pm

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has repeatedly pledged his unwavering support for President Donald Trump, but the divisive retired sheriff is unwilling or unable to elaborate on the president's policies.

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:40pm

A federal transportation panel on Tuesday recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, which the board chairman called a "tried and true" safety protection.

Zinke stresses need for projects catch-up at national parks

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:32pm

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks during a visit Tuesday to the one named for a U.S. president known for championing conservation.

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:06pm

Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not.

Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:02pm

A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations.

The Latest: House OKs bill rolling back banking rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:49pm

The Latest on legislation to roll back rules for banks (all times local):

Congress moves to dismantle key rules for banks that came in wake of financial crisis; notches legislative win for Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:45pm

Congress moves to dismantle key rules for banks that came in wake of financial crisis; notches legislative win for Trump.

Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:35pm

A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients' groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope.

Nevada sheriff apologizes for leaving gun in casino restroom

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:28pm

A Nevada county sheriff apologized Tuesday for leaving her handgun unattended in a casino restroom last week, after posting an online message calling the incident embarrassing and seeking forgiveness from voters just three weeks ahead of her re-election bid.