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The Latest: S Carolina House takes risk, passes own rate cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:02pm

The Latest on South Carolina's House considering cutting electric rates used to pay for failed nuclear plants (all times local):

Salt Lake County tax hike to proceed if cities give support

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:57pm

Salt Lake City-area officials plan to revive a $58 million sales tax hike that voters previously rejected if enough city leaders indicate support.

How Comcast is trying to change the cable game

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:53pm

If you can't beat them, join them. Comcast is trying to refigure the traditional cable bundle, adding services like Netflix to its subscription packages and offering internet-only TV streaming.

Carson plan would raise rent for millions in public housing

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:51pm

Millions of families living in federally subsidized public housing would pay more for rent under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

French billionaire Bollore charged in Africa corruption case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:39pm

French businessman Vincent Bollore has been given preliminary charges in an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding lucrative port deals in Africa.

Utah lawmaker running against Romney worth up to $2 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:36pm

Financial disclosure forms show Utah U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy has assets worth up to about $2 million, a healthy balance sheet that's nevertheless far smaller than his Republican competitor Mitt Romney.

Indexes turn higher on Wall Street, erasing early losses

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:34pm

U.S. stocks are pushing higher Wednesday afternoon as the market recovers from a sharp loss the day before. Energy companies and retailers are making some of the largest gains. Stocks had tumbled earlier as investors worried that growing costs for critical materials along with rising interest rates will affect profit growth for companies. U.S. bond yields are rising again and setting four-year highs while oil prices are at three-year highs.

Jury deliberations begin in fraud trial of bank executives

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:22pm

After a six-week trial, jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the fraud and conspiracy case against four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program.

18-month sentence for man who tried to get Trump's tax data

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:21pm

A Louisiana private investigator was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly trying to electronically access Donald Trump's federal tax information several weeks before the 2016 election.

S Carolina House considers whether to remove nuclear fee

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:16pm

The leader of Republicans in the South Carolina House is asking representatives to reject a bill that cuts most of the charges utility customers are paying for two abandoned nuclear plants.

Southwest jet victim's husband: 'Mommy's not coming home'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:05pm

The husband of an Albuquerque woman killed in a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine while flying said he broke the news about her death to their two children at their school, telling them: "Mommy's not coming home, guys."

ConocoPhillips wins $2 billion arbitration against Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:04pm

ConocoPhillips says it won a $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela's state oil company over the seizure a decade ago of investments in two projects in the OPEC nation.

White House doctor Jackson fights to save imperiled VA bid

Hope Yen, Zeke Miller and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:01pm

The White House on Wednesday launched an all-out defense of Ronny Jackson's nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs amid concerns by Congress that President Donald Trump had not properly vetted him or others.

Lee lawyer seeks to block suit over 'Mockingbird' production

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:58pm

A lawyer for the estate of Harper Lee is trying to halt a lawsuit filed by a producer who plans to stage a Broadway production of the writer's classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."

ConocoPhillips says it won $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela's state oil company over asset seizures.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:56pm

ConocoPhillips says it won $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela's state oil company over asset seizures.

Alexa, make my kid polite: Echo to get child-friendly update

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:49pm

Alexa's new missions: encourage kids to ask questions more politely, and get them to bed on time.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music to build new facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:29pm

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music plans to start construction this summer of a 12-floor building containing two concert halls in the city's Civic Center area and has received a $46.4 million gift from the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation.

Puerto Rico rejects labor reform measure from control board

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:16pm

Government officials in Puerto Rico are rejecting a labor reform measure that a federal control board overseeing the island's finances has submitted to the local legislature.

AP FACT CHECK: Romney didn't illegally gather voter info

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:03pm

Republican Mitt Romney's likely Democratic opponent in the Utah Senate race has accused the former presidential candidate of improperly gathering voter information, the latest attack from challengers who aren't letting him just cruise to victory.

The Latest: Nashville Waffle House reopens after slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:01pm

The Latest on a shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):