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  • Aetna Life to pay $500,000 to settle consumer case 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:12 am
  • ALBANY, New York - New York financial regulators report an agreement with Aetna Life Insurance Co. to pay $500,000 for using group life insurance policy forms that didn't include required information notifying policyholders of certain rights and benefits.

  • NY AG reaches agreement with GrubHub over tips 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:06 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with the online food delivery company GrubHub Inc. to ensure that the tips it collects from customers will be given to the workers they were intended for.

  • Court rules for environmentalists in water fight 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:32 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

  • Judge upholds New York's tougher gun law 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:48 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York's new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.

  • McFadden takes aim at Franken in hockey TV ad 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:30 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is taking aim at Democratic incumbent Al Franken in a hockey-themed cable television ad.

  • Alaska pot supporters make deal with opponents 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:20 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The group behind a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska said Wednesday it would gladly contribute funds to their opponents - if they prove pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

  • Freight train industry to miss safety deadline 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:12 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

  • Man to plead guilty in Disney insider info case 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:55 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - A man will plead guilty to securities fraud and pay regulators around $801,000 for using insider information to profit from Disney's $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.

  • NC governor proposes new coal ash plan after spill 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:14 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

  • Lawmakers outline concerns for gas negotiations 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:09 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - House Resources Committee members have signed onto a letter, outlining issues they want Gov. Sean Parnell's administration to keep in mind in negotiating gas project contracts.

  • California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:15 pm
  • FRESNO, California - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

  • House panel hears bill to legalize marijuana 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:05 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A House panel is considering several marijuana bills, including one to legalize the drug and regulate and tax it like alcohol.

  • Big Colorado pot business bans drug use at work 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:52 pm
  • DENVER - Workers for one of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses learned Wednesday they can be fired for smoking pot on the job or using cocaine any time.

  • CORRECTION: Suffolk County tobacco law 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:28 pm
  • MINEOLA, New York - In an April 14 story about tobacco sales restrictions, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Suffolk County was the first municipality in the country to raise the age limit to 21 for buyers of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. Other communities previously adopted similar restrictions, including New York City.

  • Environmental groups slam Pa. smog proposal as lax 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:22 pm
  • Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's federally mandated plan to reduce smog would allow coal-fired power plants to emit more pollution than they do now.

  • Deal signs medical school scholarship legislation 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:05 pm
  • ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Wednesday to expand a scholarship program that will enable more medical students to practice in high-need areas.

  • Senate leaders ask for special session 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:53 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The support of the governor, attorney general and leaders of both parties in the state legislature was not enough to pass a bill strengthening sentences for serious heroin dealers and expanding the state's substance abuse treatment programs.

  • Official: $2M in chemical spill costs reimbursable 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:23 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:14 pm
  • OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback after a six-year fight by lawmakers and parents for at least a limited mandate.

  • Officials gather in ND to discuss new EPA rules 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:06 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.

  • Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

  • House panel hears bill on pay day loan curbs 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:31 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The House Finance Committee has heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit "pay day" lenders from charging as much as 260 percent interest on the loans.

  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:07 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

  • Walker signs bill legalizing pot byproduct 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:02 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:00 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama.