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DeVos backs expanding school choice for military children

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:44pm

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children.

Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:47pm

Alabama on Thursday moved closer to approving the use of nitrogen gas in executions, a method that has never been used to carry out a death sentence.

Judge: Ads can run in Uber, Lyft vehicles in New York City

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:41pm

A judge gave the green light Thursday to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City.

Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02pm

Want an evening out in India with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president.

First National Bank to halt production of NRA credit card

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company will stop producing credit cards for the National Rifle Association in response to customer feedback, a spokesman said Thursday.

Hillside crashes onto Indonesian farmers; 5 dead, 18 missing

Agus Basuki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:50pm

Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the Indonesian island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torrential rains, killing five people and leaving rescuers digging for 18 missing.

Girl injured by dog during boarding for Southwest flight

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:24pm

Southwest Airlines said Thursday that a dog injured a child as passengers boarded a flight in Phoenix, an event likely to fuel the debate over the growing number of emotional-support animals on planes.

Man who admitted Hawaii concert scam wants plea change

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:14pm

A North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert wants to take back his guilty plea, but a prosecutor said Thursday he could risk more jail time if he succeeds and is eventually convicted.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:48pm

Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay.

Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:34pm

What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas.

Farm beloved for goat yoga offers reward over slain animal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:34pm

A popular Maine farm that invites the public to come cuddle or do yoga with its goats says one of the animals was found shot to death.

The Latest: Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:14pm

The Latest on a man who wants to take back his guilty plea for a Hawaii concert scam (all times local):

Runaway cow in Poland dies 'from stress' after recapture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:46pm

A runaway cow that avoided captivity for weeks died Thursday after it was caught and put on a truck to be taken to a farm, a local official said.

Idaho landfill to start turning trash into gas energy in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:36pm

Officials say a landfill in southern Idaho could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes as early as May.

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

Tami Abdollah and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:34pm

Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that benefited them in the tax overhaul.

The Latest: Coast Guard: 40-plus people rescued in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:26pm

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):

Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:24pm

Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Police advocacy group says it opposes arming teachers

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:16pm

An advocacy group for police officers assigned to secure the nation's schools has a simple message about arming teachers: Don't do it.

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:58pm

A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.