- California to dismiss $1.4M fine against irrigation district Updated: May-26-16 10:38 pm
FRESNO, California - Water regulators Thursday recommend dismissing a historic $1.4 million fine issued at the height of California's drought last summer against a group of Central Valley farmers accused of taking river water that didn't belong to them.
- Lawmakers OK bill to avoid health care pricing ballot fight Updated: May-26-16 8:00 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at avoiding a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.
- The Latest: Tornado strikes Texas prison Updated: May-26-16 6:55 pm
CHAPMAN, Kansas - The Latest on severe weather in the Plains (all times local):
- Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit Updated: May-26-16 6:34 pm
LEWISTON, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups.
- Fate of automatic tobacco tax hike in Dayton's hands Updated: May-26-16 6:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Cigarette smokers in Minnesota would catch a break if Gov. Mark Dayton signs into law a tax package that includes a provision rolling back automatic hikes in the state's tobacco tax.
- Assembly votes to raise minimum wage to $15 over 5 years Updated: May-26-16 5:18 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to about $15 an hour over the next five years.
- CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding Updated: May-26-16 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.
- Doctor who was lawmaker to make restitution before sentence Updated: May-26-16 3:35 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - A Lansing-area doctor who served in the state Legislature has agreed to pay $173,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan before he's sentenced for making false statements.
- Phoenix VA hospital blocks medical marijuana presentation Updated: May-26-16 3:24 pm
PHOENIX - A doctor is upset after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix blocked her from giving a lecture about marijuana's effect on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Farm-to-school program bill sent to governor who supports it Updated: May-26-16 2:36 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers have sent to the governor's desk a bill to create a farm-to-school program that encourages locally-grown products in state public school cafeterias.
- Health insurers seek more big increases in Pennsylvania Updated: May-26-16 1:47 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's insurance regulators are starting a review of health plans for coverage next year through the federal marketplaces, including several that seek premium increases in excess of 40 percent.
- Oil tycoon, industry, congressman lured Trump to Bismarck Updated: May-26-16 1:07 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - It took North Dakota's leading oil industry group, the state's lone congressman and an oil billionaire from Oklahoma to lure Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Bismarck.
- Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes Updated: May-26-16 12:18 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.
- Correction: 20-Week Abortion Ban-Georgia story Updated: May-26-16 11:56 am
ATLANTA - In a story May 25 about a Georgia abortion law, The Associated Press reported erroneously which judge entered an order that blocked the law from taking effect. It was entered by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs, not Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, who later took over the case.
- Senators' bill would block mining in Methow Valley Updated: May-26-16 11:43 am
SEATTLE - Washington's U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would prevent mining on about 340,000 acres of public land in the Methow Valley.
- Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill Updated: May-26-16 11:22 am
WASHINGTON - A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights.
- France's growing labor standoff: What could happen next? Updated: May-26-16 8:08 am
PARIS - France's Socialist President Francois Hollande is engaged in the biggest test of his presidency, facing months of protests and strikes against a labor law that are threatening nationwide fuel shortages.
- Labor officials remind employers to obey child labor laws Updated: May-26-16 4:36 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - As students across Tennessee look for summer jobs, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development officials are reminding employers about child labor laws that ensure teens are safe.
- Australian lawmaker links trade dispute with asylum seekers Updated: May-26-16 12:57 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's deputy prime minister is being criticized for suggesting that a temporary ban on cattle exports to Indonesia five years ago hindered ties with Jakarta that contributed to an influx of asylum seekers arriving on Australian shores by boats from Indonesia.
- Firm cancels application to build $3.3B natural gas pipeline Updated: May-26-16 12:37 am
ALBANY, New York - Houston-based Kinder Morgan has withdrawn its application for a federal permit to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline and a network of compressor stations.
- Central Indiana county approves livestock farm restrictions Updated: May-25-16 10:50 pm
COLUMBUS, Indiana - A central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on big livestock farms limiting where those farms with hundreds or thousands of animals can be built.
- Ohio airport to be named in honor of astronaut John Glenn Updated: May-25-16 10:14 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.
- The Latest: Bill naming John Glenn airport passes in Ohio Updated: May-25-16 10:06 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on legislation naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn (all times local):
- Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law Updated: May-25-16 9:15 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's health care law, according to federal officials, but that won't necessarily mean big consumer price hikes.
- Recordings put pressure on allies of Brazil's acting leader Updated: May-25-16 7:28 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Secretly recorded conversations hit two more key allies of Brazil's acting president Wednesday, leaving the country wondering if there are more taps that could affect the interim government after only 13 days in office.