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Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S., during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Automakers hire rocket firm to probe air bag problems

- Associated Press

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.

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If Supreme Court says no, they'd lose health insurance help

- Associated Press

Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, photo Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen appears on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Madsen has unveiled a medical marijuana bill that would allow those with chronic, debilitating diseases access to use edible marijuana products. The proposal from Madsen does not allow the smoking of marijuana. Madsen's bill also sets up a system for state officials to license growers, dispensaries and other producers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

- Associated Press

A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products.

Nonpartisan analysis of Walker budget released

- Associated Press

A nonpartisan analysis of Gov. Scott Walker's nearly $70 billion budget proposal released Thursday will serve as the blueprint for legislative debate for the next four months.

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 file photo, a bighead carp, front, a species of the Asian carp, swims in a new exhibit that highlights plants and animals that eat or compete with Great Lakes native species, at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Members of Congress proposed legislation Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, calling for additional obstacles to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan through an Illinois waterway and a renewed push toward a permanent strategy for shielding the Great Lakes from the destructive fish. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Lawmakers renew push for measures to stop invasive carp

- Associated Press

Members of Congress proposed legislation Thursday calling for additional obstacles to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan through an Illinois waterway and a renewed push toward a permanent strategy for shielding the Great Lakes from the destructive fish.

FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

- Associated Press

People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. House Republicans reacted tepidly at best Wednesday to calls from the upper reaches of both political parties for legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration-related add-ons opposed by the White House.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown

- Associated Press

A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night:

Michigan Senate approves another round of budget cuts

- Associated Press

Michigan is closer to slicing $105 million from the state budget after the Republican-led Senate passed two bills that would help compensate for a shortfall in tax revenue.

Pennsylvania House takes new stab at privatizing liquor sale

- Associated Press

For the second time in two years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday sent a proposal to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, but it faces an uncertain fate and is challenged as a long-term fiscal loser for the state government.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Roberts Centre, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Wilmington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)

Ohio oil well output doubles in a year; natural gas triples

- Associated Press

Oil production has more than doubled and production of natural gas has tripled in Ohio in one year, bolstering arguments by the administration of Gov. John Kasich that the industry is thriving enough to sustain a tax increase.

This image from video provided by KABC-TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of a Metrolink commuter train after it crashed into a truck and derailed early on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of the Southern California Metrolink commuter train derailed and tumbled onto their sides after the collision on tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)

Prosecutor: No immediate charges in California train crash

- Associated Press

A decision on whether charges should be brought against a truck driver involved in a crash that derailed a California commuter train will not be made until the investigation is complete, Ventura County's top prosecutor said Thursday.

Illinois plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants

- Associated Press

Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear power plants could close unless consumers chip in to reward them for producing environmentally-friendly electricity.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the annual Building a Healthier Future 2015 summit in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

First lady: US experiencing food 'culture change'

- Associated Press

Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that's been made is "incredibly fragile."