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Gaetz friend was lightning rod for controversy in Florida

Apr. 17, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It all started with a hunch by a central Florida prep school teacher about who had launched a politically motivated smear campaign against him, falsely alleging he was racist and in a sexual relationship with a high school student. Investigators say...

Kansas governor vetoes Republicans’ proposed income tax cuts

Apr. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed proposed income tax cuts in Kansas, the third time in two years that she has rejected a Republican plan and accused GOP lawmakers of trying to revive a nationally notorious fiscal experiment. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

Hartford Courant. April 16, 2021. Editorial: The University of Hartford’s job is educating a diverse student body, not staying in NCAA Division 1 Somewhere in all the hand-wringing about the University of Hartford weighing the possibility of...

Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

Surge in violence rattles Haiti as poverty, fear deepens

Apr. 16, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The attack was brazen, streamed live on the internet: Men carrying big guns walked into a Holy Thursday church service, grabbed the pastor and three parishioners and led them away in full view of cameras. For Haitians, it was a fearsome...

Tucson business co-owner could get prison term in tax case

Apr. 16, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson business co-owner who has already paid nearly $1.1 million in restitution to the federal government could be sentenced to up to a year in prison after pleading guilty to filing a false income tax return. Lynda Jean Zimmermann, 49, faces a...

Legislature approves expansion of low-income tax credit

Apr. 15, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would expand a tax credit for low-income workers and families that would start paying out benefits for the first time in 2023 was approved by the Washington Legislature Thursday. The House, on a 93-3 vote, concurred with changes made in...

Bill would have North Dakota finance amusement park

Apr. 15, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Legislature will decide if a last-minute proposal for a state-financed amusement and theme park along a major interstate would be an economic boon for an area with little else to offer, or if it would do nothing more than take taxpayers for a ride. ...

Louisiana lawmakers weigh medical marijuana expansion, tax

Apr. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A House Republican leader's bid to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program and allow smokable cannabis started to gain traction Thursday, as lawmakers advanced a bill that would tax the new therapeutic products. Louisiana’s dispensaries...

US average mortgage rates fall again; 30-year loan at 3.04%

Apr. 15, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 3.04% this week from 3.13% last week. At this time last year, the...