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  • Out of prison, former coal exec launches Senate campaign

    LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company CEO who went to prison on charges arising from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades has kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in West Virginia Former Massey Energy executive Don Blankenship told the more than 100 supporters attending the town hall-styled event Thursday evening that […]
  • LA Times CEO under investigation after report on impropriety

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parent company of the Los Angeles Times is investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn, the newspaper’s CEO and publisher. The company, Tronc, began the investigation Thursday after a National Public Radio story detailed two sexual harassment lawsuits that named Levinsohn while he worked at Alta Vista and News […]
  • House Roll Call: Funding the government through Feb. 16

    The 230-197 roll call Thursday by which the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through Feb. 16. A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the measure. Voting yes were 6 Democrats and 224 Republicans. Voting no were 186 Democrats and 11 Republicans. X denotes those not voting. There are 4 vacancies in […]
  • The Latest: Ex-coal baron Senate bid: ‘Slap’ for miner’s dad

    LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the Senate campaign of former coal executive Don Blankenship (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A West Virginia man whose son was killed in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades says a former coal executive’s candidacy for U.S. Senate has brought up some bitter memories for his […]
  • Wind power leader denies spying on Oklahoma state lawmaker

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of an Oklahoma wind power trade group on Thursday flatly denied a state lawmaker’s suggestion to police that someone connected to the industry put a tracking device on his truck to spy on him. Oklahoma Wind Coalition Executive Director Mark Yates said in a statement that wind industry representatives […]
  • Texas special education fix calls for more staff, training

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has unveiled an initial draft of how it will overhaul special education after federal officials found that the state for years illegally denied services to students with disabilities. The 13-page plan released Thursday would create a professional statewide special education deployment system. It also calls for increasing special education staffing, […]
  • Money-seeking hackers hit northeast Indiana health network

    DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana health network has become at least the second in the state recently targeted by money-seeking computer hackers. Hackers infiltrated some of the Adams Health Network’s computer servers last week and demanded a ransom for releasing encrypted files. WANE-TV reports the health network hasn’t disclosed the ransom amount or whether […]
  • IBM reports first revenue growth since 2012

    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM reported its first quarter of revenue growth in more than five years as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence. “Over the past several years we have invested aggressively in technology and our people to reposition IBM,” James […]
  • Top Indiana lawmakers put cold beer bills on ice

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The top two Republicans in the Indiana Legislature said Thursday that legislation that would overturn an unusual law and allow more stores to sell cold beer is dead this legislative session. But both conceded the issue won’t go away and suggested that a deal could be struck in the coming years. “A […]
  • The work that won’t get done during a government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea’s nuclear program remains high. Important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted and possibly damaged. Military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt. Although the government won’t actually close […]
  • Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

    Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its search for a second headquarters city to 20 locations, concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as well Tuesday, keeping the company’s international options open. Other contenders include: Boston; New York; Washington, […]
  • Amid affair scandal, Greitens quietly unveils vague tax plan

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued a vague press release Thursday to outline a tax plan he hyped days earlier as the nation’s “boldest,” a muted rollout Democrats said proves the Republican’s administration has been disrupted by his acknowledgment of an affair and allegations of blackmail. The first-term governor pledged […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared on Thursday

    Stocks closed slightly lower Thursday, pulling the market below the record highs it set the day before. Losses in industrial and energy stocks contributed the most to the modest declines. Technology companies accounted for the biggest gains. Bond yields climbed to their highest level since March as demand for bonds waned. On Thursday: The Standard […]
  • For sale: Beer hall that’s one of Boston’s oldest eateries

    BOSTON (AP) — A German beer hall that’s one of Boston’s oldest restaurants is up for sale. The Boston Globe reports the historic Jacob Wirth Co. restaurant is being sold by its longtime owner for an asking price of just over $1 million. The restaurant, steps from Boston Common, was founded by a German immigrant […]