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  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:19 am
  • WASHINGTON - People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

  • Court case to test Minnesota's 'Buy the Farm' law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:34 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A case set for trial next week is expected to test Minnesota's "Buy the Farm" law, which is meant to require utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms in the way if affected landowners demand it.

  • Food stamp backlog still costs NC governments 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:31 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Meeting deadlines set by federal regulators to eliminate North Carolina's backlog of food stamp applications still came with a cost to state and local governments.

  • Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:05 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

  • Colorado angles to expand hemp industry 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:52 pm
  • DENVER - Colorado is just starting its experiment with industrial hemp production, but interest in the new crop is so strong that the state is moving to expand the number and size of farms growing marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:44 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge has found that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it.

  • Illinois' mining-oversight official fired 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:41 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becoming the latest official to depart in the last two months.

  • Chafee signs digital proof of insurance bill 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:34 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation allowing motorists in Rhode Island to use their smartphones to offer police proof they have auto insurance.

  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:13 pm
  • CHICAGO - For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

  • Mo. House votes to expand sales tax exemptions 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:05 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Pizza parlors, doughnut shops and even convenience stores all could be in line for a tax break on the food that they make and sell as a result of a measure moving through the Missouri Legislature.

  • Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

  • Ag economists help farmers plot insurance coverage 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:37 am
  • STONEVILLE, Mississippi - Mississippi growers at some point this fall will have to make a momentous, one-time decision on how best to insure their livelihood over the next five years.

  • Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:06 am
  • LANSING, Michigan - Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:22 am
  • WASHINGTON - A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 pm
  • RIDDLE, Oregon - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.

  • Abortion doctors' admitting rights reinstated 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:58 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - A judge has temporarily reinstated admitting privileges to two abortion providers at a Dallas hospital that had stripped the doctors of those rights.

  • Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:55 pm
  • BILLINGS, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.

  • Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:49 pm
  • CHICAGO - Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.

  • California health care sign-ups exceed projections 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:31 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.

  • AP Exclusive: Turner had more than $4M on line 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:22 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.

  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:19 pm
  • CHICAGO - Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president's official library.

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:08 pm
  • PARIS - Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

  • President defending health law good for some Dems 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:57 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

  • SD gets nearly $310K for specialty crop grants 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:40 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota this year is getting nearly $310,000 for grants to develop specialty crops.

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:30 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber.