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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about his 2019-2021 budget proposal, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget

- Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a new capital gains tax and an increase in business taxes on services as part of his next two-year budget proposal that looks to increase spending on the state's mental health system and the environment, including efforts to help the state's struggling orca population.

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

- Associated Press

A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, a lobster walks on the ocean floor near a lobster trap off the coast of Biddeford, Maine. The U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report says the industry was boosted by growth in value of shrimp, sea scallops and lobsters. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

- Associated Press

U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.

A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans

- Associated Press

A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were driving up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting them to out-of-towners.

A glance at US mortgage rates

- Associated Press

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in 3 months, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.  "I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected," Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said in a statement issued Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Boy Scouts exploring "all options" to address fiscal woes

- Associated Press

The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.

FILE - In this April 20, 2007 file photo a sign directing visitors to two parking spaces next at a coastal access gate for Escondido Beach is shown on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. A new smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 access points along the California coast was created with help from a tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding ran afoul of state regulators. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Billionaire builds beach access app after violating rules

Associated Press

A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline.

Sioux Falls liquor store ends discounts after state warning

Associated Press

A Sioux Falls liquor store is ending its long-time discount programs after receiving a warning from the state about violating rules, and the business might not be the only one grappling with South Dakota's unclear liquor regulations.

5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted

- Associated Press

Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday on charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.