- California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan Updated: Sep-03-15 7:42 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual user fee and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation.
- BYU health plan doesn't meet US contraception, cost rules Updated: Sep-03-15 6:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Some students at Brigham Young University could face hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health plan, which doesn't comply with federal law in part because it doesn't cover birth control.
- Big settlement in tech wage case harks back to different era Updated: Sep-03-15 5:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.
- Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate Updated: Sep-03-15 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won't have to veto it.
- Federal regulators back keeping Colorado coal mine open Updated: Sep-03-15 5:19 pm
DENVER - Federal regulators have recommended that a northwestern Colorado coal mine threatened with closure partly over its impact on global warming remain open.
- Governor urges nuke plant owners to address federal concerns Updated: Sep-03-15 4:54 pm
BOSTON - One day after federal regulators said they were stepping up oversight of Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant, Gov. Charlie Baker called on owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to take "corrective actions" considering its series of unplanned shutdowns over recent years.
- ND Democrat Heitkamp backs Obama on Iran nuclear deal Updated: Sep-03-15 4:48 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced her support Thursday for President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, a politically risky move in a Republican-dominated state where she is weighing a run for governor.
- Ukraine: Russians can't own broadcasters Updated: Sep-03-15 3:13 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament has passed a measure banning Russians from establishing or being involved in the business of television and radio stations in the country.
- Plan targets health care bias against transgender people Updated: Sep-03-15 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.
- Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts Updated: Sep-03-15 3:02 pm
JERUSALEM - The Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.
- Disabled vet suing Reno Housing Authority over US labor laws Updated: Sep-03-15 2:47 pm
RENO, Nevada - The Reno Housing Authority is accused of violating U.S. labor laws by hiring assistant apartment managers at public housing units to work long hours for only a fraction of the minimum wage, with no overtime, in exchange for free rent.
- Dominion to no longer bill for some charitable donations Updated: Sep-03-15 2:40 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Resources Inc. will no longer add the cost of some charitable donations to customers' electric bills.
- NYC landlords to face new limitations on buying out tenants Updated: Sep-03-15 1:46 pm
NEW YORK - Landlords hoping to pay tenants to move out of the city's 1.3 million rent-regulated apartments will face new limitations on extending offers under measures signed Thursday to rein in a practice that has come under scrutiny in a roaring real-estate market.
- Fire ban lifted, Civil War re-enactment back on Updated: Sep-03-15 1:40 pm
ASTORIA, Oregon - Clatsop County has lifted its burn ban, paving way for Civil War re-enactors to proceed with fiery battles and campfires during performances Labor Day weekend.
- New Jersey guards information on oil trains in state Updated: Sep-03-15 1:31 am
Trains carry highly flammable Bakken crude oil from the Upper Midwest into New Jersey regularly - much of it headed to refineries in Linden and Paulsboro.
- State regulators accused of 'chummy' relations with utility Updated: Sep-02-15 10:22 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too "chummy" with utility executives and should not be allowed to make decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest, according to the latest pleadings of an environmental group.
- Rauner wins labor fight; Illinois House fails override Updated: Sep-02-15 9:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner won a victory over a Democratic majority Wednesday when the Illinois House failed to override his veto of legislation designed to prevent a strike or lockout if union contract negotiations break down.
- Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers Updated: Sep-02-15 8:51 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers.
- Lawmakers deny they were making out in car at Minnesota park Updated: Sep-02-15 7:10 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Two Minnesota lawmakers accused of making out in a car at a regional park say a park ranger made up the story.
- Chewing tobacco ban at Fenway, other Boston ballparks OK'd Updated: Sep-02-15 7:04 pm
BOSTON - A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council.
- Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma Updated: Sep-02-15 6:04 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers.
- Navistar slumps after saying SEC may file lawsuit Updated: Sep-02-15 5:38 pm
Truck and engine maker Navistar said Wednesday that securities regulators may file a lawsuit against the company in a dispute over environmental certification of heavy-duty diesel engines.
- Complaint asks for Arizona Corporation Commissioner's ouster Updated: Sep-02-15 5:28 pm
PHOENIX - The chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission should be removed from office because she lobbies for a telecommunication company that she regulates and has multiple other conflicts of interest, according to a complaint filed with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
- White House welcomes Senate support of Iran nuclear deal Updated: Sep-02-15 4:25 pm
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - The White House says it's encouraged that more than a third of the Senate has announced support for the nuclear deal with Iran.
- Holly Springs sets smoking ban in restaurants and stores Updated: Sep-02-15 4:04 pm
HOLLY SPRINGS, Mississippi - Holly Springs will soon ban smoking in buildings that are open to the public. That includes restaurants, stores and other commercial spaces.