• $7.6B transportation budget heading to Washington governor

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill to keep state transportation projects moving along has passed the state Senate and is heading to the governor's desk. The measure approved Thursday in the Senate and Wednesday in the House sets aside $3.8 billion for capital construction projects like the...

  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable." Wisconsin will not comply with the president's plan without "significant and meaningful...

  • Christie backing away from Common Core in New Jersey

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that he is ordering his state to back away from the Common Core school standards that he once championed but that are hugely unpopular among conservative voters across the country. The announcement came as the...

  • Ex-US Speaker charged in relation to payments of hush money

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once third in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment...

  • Latest on Dennis Hastert: US began investigating in 2013

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    7 p.m. (CDT) An indictment against Dennis Hastert says federal authorities began investigating his bank withdrawals in 2013. Among the focuses of the FBI investigation was whether Hastert, in the words of the indictment, was "the victim of a criminal extortion related to, among other...

  • Wife of gunman, 2 kids leave safely from California standoff

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a gunman and two children emerged safely Thursday from a San Diego-area apartment after a standoff that began when the man killed a neighbor hours earlier, authorities said. The woman and two boys walked out of the apartment in Chula Vista...

  • Students build home from ground up for wounded veteran

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerral Hancock is about to replace the worst day of his life with the best one. The Army veteran, who was partially paralyzed, badly burned and lost his left arm when the tank he was driving through Iraq on his 21st birthday was attacked, will get a spacious, new...

  • Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters. A National Transportation Safety Board report...

  • Team picked to build LaGuardia Airport's new main terminal

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that operates New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday selected a team to build a new main terminal. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's board of commissioners voted to select LaGuardia Gateway Partners to replace the airport's aging Terminal B,...

  • Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google's desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people's lives. Google will...

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