- Polish firm cuts contracts with 2 stud farms amid turmoil Updated: Apr-29-16 6:13 pm
WARSAW, Poland - A private Polish company said it has ended its contracts with two well-known state-owned stud farms after managers were replaced by the government, highlighting the turmoil surrounding the farms that feature Arabian and other horses.
- Top Venezuela beer maker halts production amid shortages Updated: Apr-29-16 6:04 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's largest brewer said it shut down beer production Friday at the last of its four factories due to a shortage of imported supplies.
- Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence Updated: Apr-29-16 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.
- The Latest: Winston critical of NFL response to Tunsil issue Updated: Apr-29-16 5:50 pm
CHICAGO - The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local):
- Navy commander sentenced to 78 months in bribery scandal Updated: Apr-29-16 5:48 pm
SAN DIEGO - A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields as a boy to grow up to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of prostitutes, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor.
- Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor Updated: Apr-29-16 5:46 pm
LOS ANGELES - Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many - possibly most - of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .
- Can South Dakota tax online sales? State presses to find out Updated: Apr-29-16 5:46 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota wants to collect state sales tax on purchases from Overstock.com and other Internet retailers. The state is pressing for the revenues with a lawsuit against several remote retailers that ultimately seeks to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Reservation hospitals face Friday deadline to not lose funds Updated: Apr-29-16 5:46 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The government agency that administers hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations faces a Friday deadline to reach crucial agreements with federal health officials to avoid losing funding.
- Raiders in Las Vegas? It's still several hurdles away Updated: Apr-29-16 5:46 pm
LAS VEGAS - Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged this week to relocate his NFL team from Oakland to Las Vegas if a proposed $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built, but a move is far from a done deal. Here are some hurdles the proposal would have to cross before becoming reality.
- Research supports blaming warmer waters for lobster decline Updated: Apr-29-16 5:45 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut researchers found no pesticides in lobsters collected in Long Island Sound in late 2014, a new study has found, boosting evidence that warming water temperatures are the main culprit in a huge crustacean decline that has decimated the local lobster industry.
- Dominion makes case for moving forward on nuclear Updated: Apr-29-16 5:33 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power is defending its heavy spending on a potential new nuclear power plant, one the company may not actually build and could cost more than $19 billion to complete.
- Study analyzes impact of Washington state coal-export plan Updated: Apr-29-16 5:32 pm
SEATTLE - A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.
- Postman steals $443,000 in tax refund checks along his route Updated: Apr-29-16 5:25 pm
CAMDEN, New Jersey - A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing income tax refund checks worth more than $400,000 from people along his New Jersey mail route.
- Exxon sees smallest profit in 16 years, Chevron posts loss Updated: Apr-29-16 5:23 pm
DALLAS - Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude.
- Jury acquits felon, 2 others in Everett casino land deal Updated: Apr-29-16 5:20 pm
BOSTON - A federal jury has acquitted three men accused of trying to hide a convicted felon's ownership stake in land Wynn Resorts wants to develop into a casino in Massachusetts.
- The Latest: Chenault: Panel plans to hear tax credit bill Updated: Apr-29-16 5:09 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on legislative happenings as Alaska lawmakers continue to meet in extended session (all times local):
- Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution Updated: Apr-29-16 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON - An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
- Mexico arrests 73, breaks up highway blockade Updated: Apr-29-16 4:57 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have arrested 73 people after breaking up a protest by taxi drivers that blocked the main highway leading from Mexico City to Acapulco.
- The Latest: Maine boosts availability of overdose antidote Updated: Apr-29-16 4:57 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Latest on veto votes by the Maine Legislature (all times local):
- Cleveland Browns owner loses round in deposition fight Updated: Apr-29-16 4:50 pm
MOBILE, Alabama - Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the truck stop chain where he is president and CEO.
- The Latest: Firm says pipeline in fire was fine in 2012 Updated: Apr-29-16 4:47 pm
GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania - The Latest on a natural gas fire and explosion in western Pennsylvania (all times local):
- Argentina floods swamp soy crop; some must commute by boat Updated: Apr-29-16 4:44 pm
VILLA PARANACITO, Argentina - Water levels in the flood-hit Argentine town of Villa Paranacito have risen so much that the best way for residents to commute is by boat.
- Feds call for judge to disband police in polygamous towns Updated: Apr-29-16 4:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The police department in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border is inflicted by an entrenched culture of following sect leader edicts at the expense of the constitutional rights of nonbelievers and should be disbanded, the federal government recommended Friday in a new court filing.
- Federal investigators fault VA review of Texas wait times Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Federal authorities have determined that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs into the manipulation of wait times for Texas veterans seeking care was "deficient and unreasonable."
- Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 pm
Valeant Pharmaceuticals resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by finally filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June.