- Gubernatorial candidates making pitches to coal group Updated: Oct-08-15 1:49 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway pledged Thursday to promote Kentucky coal and look for tax incentives to boost production, portraying himself as a friend of coal as Republicans seek to link him to a president routinely blamed for the sector's downturn.
- The Latest: Congressman harmed by VW cheat Updated: Oct-08-15 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):
- New health insurance plan sparks debate in New Jersey Updated: Oct-08-15 1:16 pm
Two state senators are asking the New Jersey Attorney General's Office to delay the state's biggest health insurer from being able to offer a new kind of plan.
- Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments Updated: Oct-08-15 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON - The risk of fire is prompting federal officials to back a proposed ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines.
- VW executive: Any fix for car owners could take year or more Updated: Oct-08-15 12:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust.
- NYC passes law to keep store doors closed when AC is on Updated: Oct-08-15 6:12 am
NEW YORK - A new law requires that New York City stores and restaurants keep their front doors closed when their air conditioning is on.
- Hutchinson delays decision on proposed ban on e-cigarettes Updated: Oct-08-15 5:01 am
HUTCHINSON, Kansas - The Hutchinson City Council has delayed a decision on whether to ban electronic cigarettes in some areas of the city.
- California grooms utility giants to compete against Big Oil Updated: Oct-08-15 3:15 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California wants more drivers to dump the pump and plug in.
- Michigan House OKs bill to tax, regulate medical marijuana Updated: Oct-07-15 10:31 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system similar to alcohol under legislation passed Wednesday by the House, where advocates said action is necessary due to confusion surrounding the legality of dispensary businesses and non-smokable forms of the drug.
- EPA investigating VW emissions controls in 2016 diesels Updated: Oct-07-15 8:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles with diesel engines, raising the possibility that an emissions-rigging device similar to earlier models is also included in its new cars.
- Brazil court finds government violated accounting practices Updated: Oct-07-15 8:18 pm
SAO PAULO - Brazil's federal audit court said Wednesday that President Dilma Rousseff's government violated accounting practices last year and broke the country's finance law by illegally using money from state banks to fill budget holes.
- California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030 Updated: Oct-07-15 8:00 pm
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.
- Obama signs law preventing premium hikes under health law Updated: Oct-07-15 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under his signature health care law.
- Wyoming lawmakers consider raising tobacco taxes Updated: Oct-07-15 7:29 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Wyoming lawmakers are considering raising the state's tobacco tax, which is currently one of the lowest in the country.
- Jury seated, openings conclude in ex-Massey CEO's trial Updated: Oct-07-15 7:20 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Prosecutors painted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship as a profit-hungry executive who prioritized making money over keeping his mines safe Wednesday, while Blankenship's attorney said the executive did not think breaking regulations was a smarter business plan than fixing health hazards, despite his reputation as a tough boss and divisive public figure.
- Environmental group targets Indiana's right-to-farm laws Updated: Oct-07-15 5:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An environmental group is challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's right-to-farm laws on behalf of two rural families who say the stench wafting from a large hog farm west of Indianapolis is making their homes unlivable.
- Auto experts: Top managers probably knew of VW cheating Updated: Oct-07-15 5:19 pm
DETROIT - Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than the company is letting on.
- Colorado lawmakers revisit right-to-die bill Updated: Oct-07-15 4:58 pm
DENVER - Legislation allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs will be introduced again next year in Colorado, where supporters hope to capitalize on California's recent passage of a right-to-die law.
- Financial regulators move to restrict forced arbitration Updated: Oct-07-15 4:36 pm
NEW YORK - Suing your bank or debt collector might be getting a whole lot easier.
- Lawmakers question effectiveness of dietary guidelines Updated: Oct-07-15 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government's dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.
- MN Supreme Court upholds payday lending law Updated: Oct-07-15 1:38 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state's payday lending law involving out-of-state, online lenders.
- Medical board plans to revoke license of addiction doctor Updated: Oct-07-15 1:35 pm
BUTTE, Montana - The medical director of the state's chemical dependency treatment center is on paid administrative leave and faces indefinite suspension of his medical license over concerns that he may have been using some type of intoxicant.
- Budget cuts force 4 ferries out of service Updated: Oct-07-15 1:16 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - State transportation officials plan to take four of Alaska's 11 ferries out of service next summer because of budget cuts.
- Indiana legislative panel focuses on e-cigarette regulation Updated: Oct-07-15 11:42 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Public health advocates told an Indiana legislative committee there's no scientific consensus on whether electronic cigarettes pose any health risks, even as a growing number of Indiana youths are trying the devices.
- Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.