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  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    By THOMAS BEAUMONT - Associated Press

    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber. Published April 17, 2014

  • Maine Democrats' final attempt to expand Medicaid

    By ALANNA DURKIN - Associated Press

    As Maine lawmakers near the end of their session, they are returning Thursday to a familiar debate: whether to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage to about 70,000 low-income people under the Affordable Care Act or accept the governor's contention that expansion would be too costly for the state. Published April 17, 2014

  • UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

    By TOM MURPHY - Associated Press

    UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance. Published April 17, 2014

  • US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    By ROBERT BURNS - Associated Press

    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Published April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma House's top Democrat: No time for tax cut

    By TIM TALLEY - Associated Press

    The top Democrat in the Oklahoma House said Thursday that legislators shouldn't cut the state income tax this year, citing declining revenue and critical public education and transportation needs. Published April 17, 2014

  • GOP leader's ethics hearing set for Wednesday

    By Associated Press

    The House Ethics Committee has scheduled a hearing to decide whether a powerful House Republican violated ethics rules by lobbying against a measure that would have cost him and others millions of dollars in potential profits. Published April 17, 2014

  • Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M

    By JOHN HANNA - Associated Press

    Kansas officials projected Thursday that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015, brightening its short-term budget picture. Published April 17, 2014

  • Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants

    By MATTHEW BROWN - Associated Press

    Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. Published April 17, 2014

  • Alderman: New arena might need regional sales tax

    By DINESH RAMDE - Associated Press

    Seated at a table on the Milwaukee Bucks' home court, Peter Zehren looked around the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday and acknowledged that the facilities look out of date. But the Milwaukee resident was firm when he said taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for an upgrade. Published April 17, 2014

  • Missouri to bar teenagers from buying e-cigarettes

    By JORDAN SHAPIRO - Associated Press

    Missouri lawmakers passed a pair of bills Thursday to prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes, but opponents argue the legislation would pave the way for the nicotine products to be sold with fewer restrictions. Published April 17, 2014

  • USC Upstate students protest state funding cuts

    By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITH - Associated Press

    Attempts by state legislators to cut university funding over plays and books which they believe promote homosexuality are causing a backlash on South Carolina campuses. Published April 17, 2014

  • California rail line fined for worker deaths

    By SUDHIN THANAWALA - Associated Press

    Workplace safety officials fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line $210,000 on Thursday over the deaths of two track workers who were killed by a train the officials said was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision. Published April 17, 2014

  • FDA OKs Merck tablet to reduce ragweed allergies

    By The Associated Press - Associated Press

    U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen. Published April 17, 2014

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care


    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Published April 17, 2014

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