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Online political ad bill to be law without gov's signature

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:35pm

A bill to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and address foreign interference in local elections on social media will become law in Maryland without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature, the governor said Friday, citing "serious constitutional concerns" relating to the First Amendment.

Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:27pm

A 595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million.

Bill to create health care price controls in California dies

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:50pm

A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year.

The Latest: Oklahoma City shooter arrested once as a minor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:33pm

The Latest on a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City (all times local):

Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China's ZTE

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:33pm

The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter said Friday.

Venezuela's ex-oil czar sees economic collapse accelerating

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:21pm

Venezuela's former oil czar said crude production in the OPEC nation will continue to plummet in the aftermath of President Nicolas Maduro's re-election, as the embattled socialist leader takes the country down an increasingly authoritarian path that scares off private investment and leads to more international sanctions against his government.

Argentines stage protest against decision to seek IMF help

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:19pm

Thousands of Argentines swarmed into the capital's downtown Friday to protest the government seeking financial help from the International Monetary Fund.

Maritime organization approves Bering Strait shipping routes

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:53pm

An international agency that sets standards for marine safety has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:47pm

Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies.

Guilty plea in USS McCain collision court-martial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:42pm

The officer in command of the USS John S. McCain when it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore in August 2017, killing 10 sailors, has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty, the Navy said Friday.

Stocks dip as oil prices and energy companies fall sharply

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:41pm

Energy companies and oil prices took their worst losses in months Friday on reports OPEC countries plan to produce more oil soon. Stock indexes finished an indecisive week with small losses.

Brazil president says striking truckers could be removed

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:37pm

A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America's largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads.

Halliburton and Gap tumble while Foot Locker and Quest climb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:37pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:

Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump

Ian Phillips, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:31pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday bemoaned troubled relations with the United States, saying Russia wants to improve them but is effectively held hostage by the disputes surrounding President Donald Trump.

Court: more study needed on Yellowstone-area gold mining

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:16pm

A gold exploration proposal just north of Yellowstone National Park has suffered a significant setback with a court ruling released Friday that faulted Montana officials for understating mining's potential harm to land, water and wildlife.

Since Weinstein: The growing list of the accused

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:13pm

The publication of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked a national reckoning. Since October, scores of men in entertainment, politics, media, and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.

Markets Right Now: Oil prices, energy companies fall sharply

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:07pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Deal dead with investor for Alaska mine project near fishery

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:59pm

A Canadian company that was courted as a potential partner in a proposed copper-and-gold mine near one of the world's largest salmon fisheries in Alaska has backed away from the project.

Fiat Chrysler warns 5.3M owners: Don't use the cruise

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:14pm

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control.

Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.