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Colorado to accelerate cleanup of 'orphaned' oil, gas wells

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor has ordered state regulators to accelerate the cleanup of inactive oil and gas wells whose owners have walked away. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday Colorado has about 260 such wells. They're called "orphaned...

 

Puerto Rico's power company sees 3rd CEO in 2 weeks

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor named a new CEO on Wednesday to lead the U.S. territory's power company, which has now seen three top executives in two weeks as it struggles with a lack of leadership, bankruptcy and the...

 

US launches national security probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could limit future imports and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight. Commerce...

 

Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases. The Wichita Eagle reports that the settlement reached Monday would reverse...

 

Iran nuclear chief says uranium stockpile reaches 950 tons

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran continues to acquire uranium and is close to finishing a factory where it can build more centrifuges to enrich it, the country's nuclear chief said Wednesday, adding also that uranium stockpiles have nearly doubled in the...

 

Soy "milk" makers may need to find alternative description

NEW YORK (AP) — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as "milk" may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term. The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans...

 

Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened...

 

North Texas man faces up to 30 years for $8.6M loan fraud

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a former loan officer in North Texas has pleaded guilty in an $8.6 million scheme involving fake documents and fictitious borrowers. Michael Shelley of Sherman pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud. The...

 

Wyoming bull breeders provide mini bulls for young riders

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Clad in ornate chaps, protective vests and straw cowboy hats, little cowpokes crowded the Albany County Fairgrounds bucking chute return, anxiously eyeing the horned beasts to their left and right. Cowboys and cowgirls, aged...

 

Parasitic illness blamed in 22 St. Louis County cases

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in St. Louis County are raising concerns about an outbreak of an intestinal illness. County officials on Wednesday cited 22 cases of cyclosporiasis since the end of May. The victims range in age from 21 to 80....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 19, 2018

Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules on medical marijuana it adopted last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wrote Wednesday in a letter to the head of the agency....

 

Arkansas approves doctor rules aimed at slowing opioid abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has given final approval to regulations that will require doctors who prescribe high doses of opioid pain medication to follow guidelines meant to limit potential abuse, including exploring alternative...

 

Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

DENVER (AP) — Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa...

 

New treatment in the works for disfiguring skin disease, vitiligo

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In many parts of the world there is great shame and stigma tied to vitiligo, an autoimmune disease of the skin that c...

 

County DA recuses from Oklahoma investigation into sheriff

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A county district attorney near Tulsa is recusing himself from investigating assault allegations against the local sheriff. A statement from Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard's office says it's recusing itself...

 

Empty beds in new Arkansas veterans' home blamed for deficit

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to increase efforts to fill the remaining beds at a new state facility for elderly and disabled veterans in central Arkansas. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports...

 

Houston hospital's heart transplant program losing Medicare

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital that in early June suspended its heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny over patient deaths loses Medicare funding next month. The Houston Chronicle reports Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center officials...

 

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The...

 

Omaha-based voting machine company denies Russian hacking

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Russian hackers didn't breach an Omaha company's election machines or software in 2016, according to the company's officials. Omaha-based Election Systems & Software, the largest U.S. maker of voter machines, worked with the FBI...

 

Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits

DETROIT (AP) — In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors. Tesla was taking $1,000 deposits for its new electric car,...

 

Florida mayor apologizes for fight over 'Starry Night' home

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor apologized Wednesday to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night." The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Mount Dora City...

 

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont. Charlotte Murphy says she developed painful blisters overnight after brushing against poison parsnip. Murphy...

 

Wichita attorney indicted in alleged cyberattacks

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawyer and a computer software engineer have been charged in a federal indictment alleging they plotted cyberattacks on websites with information criticizing the attorney's work. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister told...

 

Kansas GOP senator loses post on panel for backing Democrats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Republican has stripped a fellow GOP senator of a committee leadership post for publicly expressing support for two Democratic candidates. Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills on Wednesday lost her...

 

US women takes veteran team to Tournament of Nations

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The top-ranked U.S. will bring a veteran group to the four-team Tournament of Nations, which begins next week with a match against Japan at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. U.S. coach Jill Ellis announced her training...

 

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