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In this Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline on U.S. land

- Associated Press

The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, federal officials told The Associated Press, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom.

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Governor to ask for more money to improve human services

Associated Press

Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers for an extra $40 million-plus to help improve services for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and expand direct care services to more disabled people who are on a waiting list.

Bill allows transgender people to get new birth certificate

- Associated Press

The Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow a person who changed their sex to have a new birth certificate issued, something that the transgender community said will help eliminate problems experienced when their legal identification doesn’t match their transition.

The Neb. Revenue Committee hears the testimony of Dave Welsch of Milford Public Schools, center, who spoke in opposition to LB 974, a plan to lower Nebraska property taxes, in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The plan appears to have enough support to advance out of the Legislature's Revenue Committee, but the state's largest school groups are promising to fight it. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska farm, business groups spar over property tax bill

- Associated Press

A bill that would lower Nebraska’s property taxes by shifting more state aid to schools won support Wednesday from the state’s top agricultural and business groups but faced strong opposition from schools that don’t want restrictions on their taxing power and don’t trust the state to maintain its funding.

Man arrested at BWI after handgun found in carry-on at BWI

Associated Press

A Maryland man has been arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport after authorities found a 9mm handgun in his carry-on bag, the Transportation Security Administration said in noting the second such incident in as many days.

Maine utility commission to investigate Central Maine Power

Associated Press

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to investigate Central Maine Power Co. to discover if the utility issued disconnection notices during a period when utilities cannot be legally turned off.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong speaks beside Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, third from left, and Gov. Ned Lamont, fourth from left, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Hartford, Conn., where they announced plans to join a coalition of 20 states in an upcoming lawsuit to prevent the release of 3D printed gun files on the internet. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Connecticut to join other states to block 3D gun blueprints

- Associated Press

The attorney general of Connecticut, a state that last year placed strict limitations on “ghost guns,” announced Wednesday that his office will join 20 other states in suing the federal government to prevent the release of 3D-printed gun files online.

Critics: consumers should be wary of short-term health plans

- Associated Press

Consumers who bought short-term health insurance thinking they had found a better deal than “Obamacare” during the open enrollment season may be in for a shock when they show up at their doctor’s office this year.

Editorial Roundup: US

- Associated Press

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: