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Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:11pm

Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, sending them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the fiscal year that began back in July.

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:10pm

The federal government is relying on archaic, leaky and broken computers systems to protect reams of critical data from cyberattacks, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday as he announced a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:01pm

A Houston-area woman accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for her five children and home without pay for two years and physically abusing the nanny has been granted a bond by a federal magistrate judge.

Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:20am

Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the drinking water source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.

The Latest: European stocks close down amid world volatility

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:00am

The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):

Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:43am

Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.

Iowa Senate OKs 4 percent hike in future K-12 school budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:21pm

The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has passed legislation that would establish future state aid for K-12 schools, though the funding remains unclear as lawmakers debate more immediate education costs.

University of Arizona law school opens satellite in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:11pm

The University of Arizona has partnered with a Chinese university to teach the U.S. legal system to students in Asia.

Ex-exec of Haslam-owned chain pleads not guilty to fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:01pm

The former president of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pleaded not guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers.

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:50am

The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, as the Islamic State threat in that region continues to grow.

SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:41am

South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.

Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:41am

The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday.

Postal Service shows profit during year-end holiday season

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:32am

A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations have temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service.

Former Adelson casino exec takes dismissal case to US court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:31am

A former executive in casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's empire is taking the legal fight over his 2010 dismissal as head of operations in Macau to federal court.

A look at Obama's final budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:30am

President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:

Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer's assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:20am

Alpha Natural Resources says it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets.

Nebraska company to ship beef to Israel, officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:11am

Nebraska authorities say a Hastings company will be sending the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since Israel banned U.S. beef imports more than a dozen years ago.

Martinsburg Council to vote on definition of public building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:10am

Martinsburg City Council members are expected to cast the final vote on an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that would define public buildings in a way that would prevent the Berkley County Council from opening a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the city.

Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:51am

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson says lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

IRS grants long-delayed tax exempt status to Crossroads GPS

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:40am

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax-exempt status to one of the best-known and best-funded politically active nonprofit organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies.