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Former defense secretaries push for trade pact

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:50pm

Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security.

GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:31pm

Federal investigators say access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times.

EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:21pm

The U.S. government says the owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the blaze.

Advocates fear chaos after Rauner home health care ruling

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:11pm

Gaileen Roberts' daughter Jody has cerebral palsy, is quadriplegic and developmentally delayed. But she can live at home because her mother earns a taxpayer-subsidized $13 an hour as her caregiver.

Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:11pm

Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.

Marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman arrested again, for pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:00pm

A marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and cannabis temple.

Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:00pm

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old.

Lawsuit says college disciplined professor over LGBT dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:51pm

A Christian college in Massachusetts is being sued over allegations that it disciplined a professor for opposing the school's stance on hiring gay workers.

APNewsBreak: South Dakota tribe sues feds over ER closure

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:50pm

A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.

Tracking the flow of guns used in crime is inexact science

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: "Don't lie for the other guy."

Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games gave up a yearlong extradition fight on Thursday and traveled to Iowa to face charges.

Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:40pm

Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams.

UND eliminating 138 positions to meet budget allotments

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:21pm

The University of North Dakota plans to eliminate 138 faculty, staff and administration positions to help meet budget cuts ordered by the governor, the school's interim president told state Board of Higher Education members Thursday.

California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:01pm

California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line.

Southwest, Delta tangle over whether to cut or raise fares

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:01pm

No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares — even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.

FBI: 'Argument can be made' fake AP story broke rules

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:52pm

An internal FBI report says there's no clear evidence the agency violated its own rules when it posed as The Associated Press to unmask a criminal.

AP Source: Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:52pm

Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.

Nevada gambling revenue down 3 percent in March

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:41pm

Nevada gambling revenue dropped 3 percent in March compared with last year, weighed down by bettors playing less baccarat and casinos having a less-lucky month in slots and sports betting.

Malta minister loses portfolio over Panama Papers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 2:31pm

Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi has been relieved of his duties in energy and health after he acknowledged opening a company in Panama which is held by a trust in New Zealand.