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Gas tax hike funds $52 billion plan to fix California roads

- Associated Press

California's governor and legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed raising $52 billion to fix the state's roads through a big increase in the gasoline tax along with higher car registration fees and a $100 charge on emission-free vehicles.

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, before the Senate Appropriation Committee hearing on "Civil Society Perspectives on Russia."  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Putin critic says he narrowly escaped death after poisoning

- Associated Press

A Russian opposition leader sharply critical of President Vladimir Putin told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that he narrowly escaped death last month after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven't been able to identify.

In this combination photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, appears at the Justice on Trial Film Festival on Oct. 20, 2013, in Los Angeles and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor," on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. O'Reilly said Tuesday, March 28, 2017, he had a hard time concentrating on Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig." He made the comment during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," after a clip was shown of Waters speaking in the House of Representatives. (AP Photos/Richard Shotwell, left, and Richard Drew)

#BlackWomenAtWork highlights daily challenge of race, gender

- Associated Press

A pair of testy exchanges between high-profile black women and white men in the political spotlight launched a tweetstorm under the hashtag BlackWomenAtWork, validating the experiences of thousands of professional black women who say such slights are all too common.

Toshiba Corp. President Satoshi Tsunakawa bows during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Japan's embattled Toshiba said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection. Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Westinghouse troubles loom over SC, Georgia nuke projects

- Associated Press

Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S.

Budget talks grind on in Albany

- Associated Press

New Yorkers will soon learn if they'll get a break on college tuition or be able to hail an Uber upstate.

Lawmakers propose rival prison bill

Associated Press

Two Alabama lawmakers are proposing a rival prison bill as an alternative to the governor's construction plan to relieve overcrowding.

Bill to keep Arkansas Medicaid plan falls short in House

Associated Press

An effort to keep Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion for another year fell short in the state House days after an attempt by congressional Republicans to repeal the federal health law that created the program failed.