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 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    May 10, 2018

Lawsuit: Energy company cut safety budget before fatal blast

DENVER (AP) — A shareholder lawsuit alleges Anadarko Petroleum was focused on keeping oil and gas flowing from older wells, not fixing potential safety problems, in the months before a fatal house explosion in Colorado linked to an Anadarko well....

 

Trump warns Iran against resuming nuclear program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against resuming its nuclear weapons program, a day after announcing that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Iran nuclear deal. "I would advise Iran not to start their...

 

Landowners fight pipeline in case headed to US appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start. The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never...

 

US wholesale prices up a tiny 0.1 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices edged up just 0.1 percent in April, held down by a big drop in food costs. It was the smallest gain in four months. The April increase in the Labor Department's producer price index, which measures inflation...

 

Oil and gas firm fined for breaking sage grouse rules

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Breaking Wyoming's sage grouse rules cost an oil and gas firm $20,000 and a stern lecture from Gov. Matt Mead in a Tuesday hearing before the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Ballard Petroleum Holdings LLC was...

 

Freed detainees head home for big welcome, featuring Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed after more than a year in prison, three Americans flew homeward from North Korea late Tuesday toward a big middle-of-the-night celebration featuring President Donald Trump — the latest sign of improving relations between...

 

GOP immigration moderates seek to force House votes on issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans with moderate views on immigration defied party leaders and took steps Wednesday toward forcing campaign-season House votes on the issue. One top maverick said they had enough support to succeed. The effort meant that...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 10, 2018

Ward leaves Kansas governor's race, citing fundraising woes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward dropped out of the governor's race Wednesday, acknowledging that he wasn't able to raise enough money in the crowded race for the Democratic nomination. Ward suspended his campaign after...

 

Missouri woman pleads guilty in blind, autistic son's death

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to letting her blind, autistic son die in a southwestern Missouri field. Kimberly Lightwine of Missouri's Polk County pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her...

 

Study finds little bang for the buck in Zika blood testing

NEW YORK (AP) — Screening blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections at a cost of more than $5 million for each positive test result, according to new research. The study was the first large look at the impact of guidelines...

 

Judge says he'll rule against Arizona over inmate care

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons says he will issue a judgment against the state for failing to adequately overhaul its health care system for inmates. U.S. Magistrate Jud...

 

Romaine lettuce outbreak update: 149 sick in 29 states

NEW YORK (AP) — Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states...

 

Sugars in mother's milk help shape baby's microbiome and ward off infection

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) While living in a mother’s womb, cushioned by amniotic fluid and protected from the outside world, babies have...

 

Texas teacher fired for profane texts about autistic student

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A South Texas teacher has been fired after sending profane texts about a student with autism to the boy's mother. The Daily News reports that a Levi Fry Intermediate School teacher sent two texts to Tiffany Lynn Elfstrom...

 

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they're talking to a robot. On Tuesday, Google showed off a computer assistant that makes convincingly human-sounding phone calls , at least in its...

 

Geologists: Explosive event possible at Hawaii volcano

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit crater...

 

Families tell EPA chief of deaths linked to paint stripper

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met with families of two men whose deaths were linked to a toxic compound in a widely sold paint stripper, weeks after lawmakers pressed him about an Obama-era rule that...

 

Dog 'bride' in 'Most Expensive Pet Wedding' dies at 13

NEW YORK (AP) — A little dog known for her role in a fundraiser deemed the world's priciest pet wedding has died. Animal advocate Wendy Diamond announced Wednesday that Baby Hope Diamond died this week after a nine-month battle with congestive...

 

Rescuers bitten after mistaking bobcats for domestic kittens

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three well-meaning people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them mewling in a San Antonio alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs . The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed pair of young...

 

Can you spare a dime? Truck full of coins crashes in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brother can you spare a dime? How about 8 million of them? A semi-trailer truck hauling $800,000 worth of dimes crashed Tuesday into a guard rail on an interstate near Las Vegas, spilling thousands of coins on the side of the...

 

Firefighter gets creative with marriage proposal

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters helped one of their own pull off a marriage proposal. Fayetteville, North Carolina, firefighter Ashton Hanway asked Lauren Wood to visit Station 17 on Friday to take some pictures. His captain suggested they...

 

A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess. The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown...

 

Probation for Colorado man who set fire over phallus prank

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Colorado man accused of setting fire to a garage in retaliation to his roommates drawing phallic symbols on his face while he was asleep has been sentenced to two years of probation. The Aspen Times reported...

 

Israel accuses Iranian forces of rocket attack on Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iranian forces based in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights early Thursday, the Israeli military said, triggering an Israeli reprisal and escalating already heightened tensions. The...

 

Trump lawyer sold 'insight' into his high-powered client

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and views at a hefty price to...

 

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