- New York lawmakers at odds over proposed Billy Joel highway Updated: Aug-01-15 8:49 am
HICKSVILLE, New York - New York lawmakers are battling over whether to rename part of a Long Island road after Billy Joel.
- Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach Updated: Aug-01-15 8:44 am
WASHINGTON - Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency - his fellow Democrats in Congress.
- Head of failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox arrested Updated: Aug-01-15 6:28 am
TOKYO - The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities said.
- University campus in southwestern Ohio to ban tobacco Updated: Aug-01-15 6:14 am
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University is banning tobacco on campus.
- 1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval Updated: Jul-31-15 10:46 pm
SPARKS, Nevada - Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.
- Some Alaska Natives allowed visa-free travel to Russian area Updated: Jul-31-15 6:50 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Some western Alaska Natives can again travel back and forth to Russia's Chukota region without a visa under a decades-old agreement that was recently revived.
- Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip Updated: Jul-31-15 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.
- Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant Updated: Jul-31-15 6:39 pm
SEATTLE - Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.
- Regulators close case questioning California reactor repairs Updated: Jul-31-15 6:18 pm
LOS ANGELES - Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.
- GOP legislators seek audit of money to Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 6:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina House Republicans are seeking an audit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as Congress considers cutting off federal funding to the abortion provider.
- Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators Updated: Jul-31-15 5:37 pm
DENVER - A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system.
- Judge orders return of Lincoln man's gun collection Updated: Jul-31-15 5:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A judge has ordered that a man's gun collection seized last year by police must be returned to him, but Lincoln ordinances won't let him have them in the city.
- Ecology to reassess water quality rule Updated: Jul-31-15 4:38 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Department of Ecology will not be adopting a current draft rule on clean water rules that are tied to how much fish people eat.
- Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station Updated: Jul-31-15 4:32 pm
UTICA, New York - Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety.
- Pot legalization group reports spending $2 million in effort Updated: Jul-31-15 3:34 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's fall ballot has spent more than $2 million in its effort and has about $82,000 in campaign cash on hand.
- AG: Dominion customers should get small refund Updated: Jul-31-15 2:37 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Customers of Dominion Virginia Power won't be getting as large a potential refund or see a rate reduction they otherwise could have been entitled to because of actions by the General Assembly in the last two years, according to a witness hired by the Attorney General's office.
- Antitrust agreement in West Virginia hospital takeover Updated: Jul-31-15 12:39 pm
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington would operate as a stand-alone facility after its takeover by Cabell Huntington Hospital under an antitrust agreement announced Friday by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
- Obama signs highway extension, calls for long-term funding Updated: Jul-31-15 12:09 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. government can't keep funding highway and transit projects "by the seat of our pants."
- Central Oregon county voters could decide ban on pot sites Updated: Jul-31-15 12:08 pm
ALFALFA, Oregon - A central Oregon county may postpone implementing the state's recreation marijuana law until voters can decide on banning pot sales.
- Four years in, consumer protection agency has plenty to do Updated: Jul-31-15 10:59 am
The nation's youngest government agency recently celebrated its four-year anniversary, and it's still got plenty to do.
- Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza joins task force Updated: Jul-31-15 10:32 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.
- Hundreds of new laws to take effect in North Dakota Updated: Jul-31-15 10:20 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Hundreds of new laws are set to take effect in North Dakota, including one that will make it easier to buy alcohol on Sundays and another that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns to more places.
- Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case Updated: Jul-31-15 8:04 am
GULFPORT, Mississippi - A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways.
- Extra trains, alcohol restrictions added for Lollapalooza Updated: Jul-31-15 4:06 am
CHESTERTON, Indiana - A commuter rail in northwestern Indiana is adding extra trains and implementing tighter alcohol restrictions this weekend for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
- California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought Updated: Jul-31-15 3:10 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June.