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California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste

- Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.

Yuma sheriff: Feds let go immigrants who commit crimes

- Associated Press

Yuma County is footing the bill to prosecute immigrants arrested by federal agents but not charged by the federal government, the sheriff's office said in a scathing letter on Thursday.

A look at Chicago's Tribune Tower as it goes up for sale

- Associated Press

A 36-story Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower, is up for sale. Tribune Media Co. announced Thursday that it has hired real estate investment banking firm Eastdil Secured to explore a sale or find a partner to help redevelop the building, which is home to the Chicago Tribune. Tribune Media phrased the move as an exploration of "strategic monetization alternatives." The building sits on 3 acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Here are some features of the historic edifice that make it significant:

EPA: Sediment accidently released in western Colorado creek

- Associated Press

An Environmental Protection Agency contractor inadvertently released about 2,000 gallons of sediment-bearing water into a creek from a holding pond at a western Colorado Superfund site, officials said Thursday.

Gubernatorial candidates make pitches to coal group

- Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway tried to reinforce his friend-of-coal credentials Thursday, pledging to promote the industry and look for tax incentives to boost production as he distanced himself from a president routinely blamed for coal's downturn.

This Sept. 21, 2015 photo shows crews working inside the shuttered Bourbon Square Casino that is being renovated as part of a housing-retail project at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nev.  The city of Sparks has launched an ambitious urban renewal project with downtown apartments and retail space fueled by the dramatic growth in jobs and housing anticipated in the years ahead with the arrival of Tesla Motors, Switch and others (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Ex-railroad town, Sparks braces for Tesla, Switch boom

- Associated Press

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement - Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.

Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

- Associated Press

One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected.

Mayor Ralph Becker, left, and former state representative Jackie Biskupski, center, are shown during a Salt Lake City Mayor debate at the studios of KUED-TV Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Becker and challenger Biskupski covered issues ranging from the renovation of the airport to police dealings with the homeless. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Salt Lake City mayoral candidates square off in debate

- Associated Press

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and challenger Jackie Biskupski squared off in a debate Thursday that covered issues ranging from the renovation of the airport to police dealings with the homeless.

Lawsuit in Iowa challenges so-called 'roadside zoos'

- Associated Press

Pamela and Tom Sellner describe the small zoo they opened in northeastern Iowa nearly 15 years ago as a labor of love that evolved from their respect for animals.

Political observers say Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, despite her shaky political standing, has skillfully maneuvered to preserve her clout after she formally steps down Dec. 10. (Associated Press)

Cristina Fernandez, Argentina's outgoing president, determined to protect legacy, clout

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For the first time in a dozen years, the Kirchner family is set to leave the Casa Rosada -- the Argentine version of the White House -- but President Cristina Fernandez's grip on power will likely extend far beyond the vote in two weeks to determine her successor.