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US ends Ford pickup probe without seeking recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:00pm

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into power brake assist failures in Ford F-150 pickup trucks without seeking a recall.

MetLife fined $20M for variable annuities switches

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:00pm

MetLife has been fined $20 million by Wall Street's policing body for misleading customers in switching them from variable annuities contracts into more expensive ones.

DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:51am

More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation's capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession.

Superintendent: Jackson Public Schools in financial crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:40am

The Jackson Public Schools district is facing a financial crisis prompted by decreased state funding, the schools superintendent said.

Saudi labor minister vows Binladin workers to be paid soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:40am

Saudi Arabia's labor minister said Tuesday that some employees of the Saudi Binladin Group will receive their salaries this month and others soon thereafter.

Caretaker guilty of sexual abuse gets 25 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:20am

A former caretaker at a northern Idaho assisted living facility has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a 102-year-old woman.

Jim Beam fills 14 millionth barrel of bourbon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:20am

Jim Beam has filled and sealed its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition, achieving a first in the bourbon industry.

'Happy Together' copyright dispute in NY top court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:20am

New York's highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles' 1960 hit "Happy Together" against Sirius XM Radio.

UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:20am

The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.

Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:10am

America's love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while Toyota broke a record for SUV and truck sales.

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:10am

When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally.

Court rules former coach's lawsuit against Texas can proceed

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:10am

A state appeals court has ruled that a race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney can proceed.

North Carolina man bitten by cobra

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:00am

An Orange County man is being treated in a Chapel Hill hospital after he was bitten by a cobra snake.

Correction: Asbury Park-New Hotel story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:00am

In a story May 1 about a new hotel set to open in Asbury Park, The Associated Press reported erroneously on one of the reasons visitor Madeleine Berk loves the city. She cited the music scene, not the food.

Driver in fatal duck boat crash cited 10 times for speeding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:00am

The driver of an amphibious sightseeing vehicle that collided with a scooter in Boston, killing a woman, has a history of driving violations.

St. Louis jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:50am

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer, the second such judgment against the manufacturer in three months.

Markets Right Now: US stocks sink in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:20am

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French parliament debates labor law after violent protests

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:20am

After a month of often violent protests, French lawmakers on Tuesday started to debate a hotly contested labor bill that would make it easier to lay off workers, weaken some union powers, and relax rules regulating the country's 35-hour workweek.

Colorado agriculture department awards fruit study grants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:00am

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has awarded Colorado State University a $18,684 grant to help peach growers in western Colorado find ways control a canker disease that has hit productivity, profitability, and orchard health.