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  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:10 am
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products.

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:08 am
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:04 am
  • SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.

  • Huggins: Tentative agreement on education plan 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:10 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - Senate President Charlie Huggins says a tentative agreement has been reached on an education package.

  • Management, safety cited for radiation release 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:43 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Iowa House, Senate OK higher ed funding increase 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:41 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa House and Senate have approved an education budget that should let higher education officials freeze tuition for a second-straight year.

  • Candidates similar on issues in NC Senate debate 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:40 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The four leading candidates in North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary differed little from each other on issues important to the conservative base Wednesday night during their second televised debate in as many days.

  • Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:25 pm
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.

  • Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:07 pm
  • SAN DIEGO - A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday.

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:53 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

  • Feds: home health company paying $150M settlement 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:49 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Putin 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:31 pm
  • STORRS, Connecticut - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells an audience at UConn she believes the outcome in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia.

  • FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:29 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

  • House refuses to put limits on Tulane scholarships 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:08 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House don't want to restrict how they can dole out $6.8 million in Tulane University scholarships each year.

  • WVa symptoms match with spilled chemical 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:08 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - For two weeks following a January chemical spill into the public water supply, hundreds of West Virginians examined in emergency rooms had ailments consistent with exposure to the chemical, health officials said Wednesday.

  • State senators get ethics training after scandals 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:04 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature's image.

  • Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:53 pm
  • JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington - Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago, a former soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.

  • Patrick calls affirmative action ruling troubling 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:29 pm
  • BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick called the Supreme Court's ruling allowing voters to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions "very troubling" Wednesday and said his administration is looking to see whether there are any implications for Massachusetts.

  • US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:04 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozman is in stable condition and is still recovering from unexpected heart surgery prompted by a tear in his aorta, his office said Wednesday.

  • NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:01 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

  • Rep. Lummis announces re-election bid 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:56 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced her bid to seek a fourth two-year term to Wyoming's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:49 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.

  • Auto parts maker to pay fine in price-fixing case 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • CINCINNATI - The U.S. Justice Department says an auto parts manufacturer accused in a price-fixing conspiracy has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $19.9 million.

  • Kansas joining compact against federal health law 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is joining a proposed compact with other states that hope to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday rejected criticism that the move will jeopardize seniors' benefits.

  • NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.