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New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other...

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

Sep. 21, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans said...

Oregon House Speaker spurs talks on Interstate Bridge

Sep. 21, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to sit down with Washington lawmakers before the end of the year to further discussions about replacing the Interstate Bridge, a newspaper reported Friday. The Portland Democrat said at a transportation forum this week that she welcomes a renewed...

APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company does not believe the breach at the...

Hogan announces lower health insurance rates

Sep. 21, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan announced lower health insurance premiums on Friday for individual plans next year in Maryland. Hogan and Al Redmer, the state's insurance commissioner, said the 2019 rates are down an average of 13.2 percent as a result of the state's reinsurance program, with...

The Latest: Trump signs spending bill for agencies, Congress

Sep. 21, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:55 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed legislation to fund the Energy Department, veterans' programs and the legislative branch, including Congress and the Capitol police. Trump signed the measures Friday during an event at the...

California governor signs law allowing utility to charge ratepayers for billions in costs related to 2017 wildfires

Sep. 21, 2018 2:34 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor signs law allowing utility to charge ratepayers for billions in costs related to 2017 wildfires  .

Rural Nevada not embracing legalized recreational marijuana

Sep. 21, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Despite more marijuana licenses available from the state, parts of rural Nevada continue to shun the business. But in other parts of rural Nevada, seeds of industry might be sprouting. Las Vegas dispensary Acres Cannabis has a dispensary under development in Ely. Acres CEO John Mueller...

Kansas court considers challenge to railroad regulation

Sep. 21, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — BNSF Railway is challenging a Kansas law that limits how long trains can block intersections. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the case involving a lengthy blockage of two Chase County railroad crossings in December 2016. The...

Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence, immigration in videos

Sep. 21, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence at schools and immigration in two new music videos for their song, "Big Love." The trio — it's unclear if Fergie is still part of the group — released the videos Friday. They also announced proceeds from the song will benefit the...