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Weinstein uses quotes from female celebrities in his defense

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:54pm

Harvey Weinstein wants a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words and actions of Oscar-winning actresses including Meryl Streep in his defense.

Greek parliament to probe 10 politicians over pharma scandal

Nicholas Paphitis and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:02pm

Greece's parliament voted early Thursday following a marathon 20-hour session to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

Foes blast Trump on offshore drilling; industry pushes back

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52pm

Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral in Virginia blasted the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan Wednesday, claiming that it would interfere with military training near the world's largest Navy base and imperil the coast's tourism and fishing industries.

The Latest: Streep says Weinstein 'pathetic' for citing her

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:42pm

The Latest on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's request that a judge dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him (all times local):

Asian stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:34pm

Most Asian stock indexes fell Thursday, tracking Wall Street's decline after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields.

House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:14pm

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:10pm

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

California transit agency releases video of fatal shooting

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:20pm

A Northern California transit agency on Wednesday released a video recording showing one of its police officer fatally shooting a man fighting with another man.

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:59pm

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.

Mexican network fires producer after actress' allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:44pm

Mexico's largest television network said Wednesday it has severed ties with independent producer Gustavo Loza after actress Karla Souza said she was raped early in her career by a producer she did not name.

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:26pm

Donald Trump Jr. said any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.

More than $500M in extra revenue expected for Utah budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:57pm

Utah lawmakers setting this year's state budget estimate they will have more than $500 million in surplus tax collections to work with.

Federal food safety agency recalls Fareway chicken salad

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:37pm

The federal government issued a recall of chicken salad made by an Iowa processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores which has now sickened more than 100 people in five states and prompted lawsuits in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota.

$200M tax cut plan heads to Idaho Senate

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:35pm

A sweeping $200 million tax cut plan faces just one more hurdle before it can land on Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's desk for his signature.

Court: Kansas can't cut Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:25pm

Kansas can't cut Medicaid funds to a Planned Parenthood affiliate over videos anti-abortion activists secretly recorded in 2015, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Judge orders gov't review of Keystone pipeline documents

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:08pm

Federal officials must go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, under a Wednesday court ruling that came after environmentalists accused President Donald Trump's administration of withholding details on the project's approval.

Reward raised, new attention on US prosecutor's 2001 slaying

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:04pm

Sixteen years after federal prosecutor Thomas Wales was shot to death in his Seattle home, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Wednesday the unsolved case remains a top priority of the Justice Department.

Ford ousts top exec over 'inappropriate behavior'

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:58pm

Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The Latest: House seeks records of EPA chief's travel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:49pm

The Latest on a congressional request for travel records of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local):

Florida workers' pension fund invested in gun manufacturers

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:45pm

Florida's main pension fund for state workers and teachers has a half-million-dollar stake in the company that makes the rifle used in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.