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J Lo looks forward to Morocco's top music festival

Associated Press

Singer and movie star Jennifer Lopez expressed excitement Thursday about kicking off Morocco's Mawazine music festival, while insisting she's still just the girl from the Bronx.

Government audit finds improper behavior at Philadelphia VA

- Associated Press

Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in Philadelphia acted improperly when subordinates were charged money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings, resulting in personal profits for the spouse of one official, according to an audit released Thursday.

Floor problem forces residents out of apartment complex

Associated Press

A Charlotte-based developer is trying to figure out what went wrong with floor construction at one of its properties after a decision to move all residents out of an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Washington Senate releases latest budget offer, no deal yet

Associated Press

Senate Republicans on Thursday released a new state budget proposal, making some movement toward proposals from House Democrats. But both sides said they still do not have a deal on a two-year state operating budget.

Gov. Scott Walker discusses ongoing state budget negotiations on Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Portage, Wis. Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Walker supports key parts of reported Bucks arena deal

- Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker spoke in favor Thursday of key elements of a reported deal fora new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks that includes raising taxes on Milwaukee County hotel rooms and rental cars.

Gov. Scott Walker discusses ongoing state budget negotiations on Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Portage, Wis. Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Walker says he'd be 'pleased' with prevailing wage repeal

- Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he would be "pleased" if a repeal of Wisconsin's prevailing wage law were a part of the state budget, but he'd also be satisfied with significant changes to the requirement setting construction wages for public works jobs.

Ireland's parliament votes in favor of Aer Lingus share sale

Associated Press

Ireland's parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country's share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro (US$1.53 billion) takeover bid by International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways.

President Barack Obama, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, participate in a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Teach climate change in schools

- The Washington Times

Saying that children "instinctively" understand the importance of the environment, President Obama said Thursday that climate change should be taught in schools and "weaved" into science and social studies classes.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president, Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the historic town hall in Exeter, N.H.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Where They Stand: George Pataki on issues of 2016 campaign

- Associated Press

Former New York Gov. George Pataki has entered the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Here's a look at where the three-term governor stands on various issues that will be debated in the GOP primaries:

Human services department to close, consolidate 15 offices

- Associated Press

There would be no layoffs as a result of the closure or consolidation of 15 health and human services offices around Michigan under a budget plan advancing through the Legislature, a spokesman for the department said Thursday.