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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg, Pa. On wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Feb. 19, 2020 5:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. The diocese joins at least 20 others across the United States in seeking...

FILE - In this April 3, 2013 file photo, Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to workers in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the grand opening of the new Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 that they will introduce bills, at Boeing Co.'s request, to suspend the company's preferential business and occupation tax rate until there's a final determination from World Trade Organization regarding a long-running trade dispute. (Genna Martin/The Herald via AP, File)

Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Feb. 19, 2020 5:33 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate unless the United States and European Union reach an agreement on their long-running...

Airline passengers put up with more and longer flight delays

Feb. 19, 2020 5:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline travelers were a bit more likely to be delayed, and more often for longer spells, when flying around the U.S. last year, according to a government report issued Wednesday. Canceled flights were up, and so were the number of passengers bumped off overcrowded flights. But travelers...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge rips PG&E for poor safety record leading to wildfires

Feb. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and telling officials from the utility blamed for catastrophic California wildfires to plan to add at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to cut the risk of even more blazes....

FILE - In this June 11, 2018, file photo, flames consume trees during a burnout operation that was performed south of County Road 202 near Durango, Colo. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows investments made to reduce the risk of wildfire in forested areas are paying dividends when it comes to creating jobs and infusing money in local economies. The study focused on several counties along the New Mexico-Colorado border that make up the watershed of the Rio Grande. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Report: Work to reduce wildfire risks has economic benefits

Feb. 19, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Projects to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect water sources in the U.S. West have created jobs and infused more money in local economies, researchers say, and they were funded by a partnership between governments and businesses that has become a model in other countries. A...

Bill changing livestock siting rules appears doomed

Feb. 19, 2020 5:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Support broke down Wednesday for a Republican-authored proposal that would strip the state agriculture department of its authority to regulate factory farm siting and expansion and hand oversight to agricultural groups. The Senate was scheduled to vote on the measure, but the vote was...

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside the building housing the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Las Vegas. A Nevada judge says the Las Vegas Review-Journal owes $1.9 million and counting to its crosstown rival Las Vegas Sun in an ongoing legal battle over profit sharing under their joint-operating agreement. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Judge: Vegas newspaper owes $1.9M to rival under joint pact

Feb. 19, 2020 5:07 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owes $1.9 million and counting in a profits-and-costs dispute with its crosstown rival Las Vegas Sun under one of the few remaining newspaper joint-operating agreements in the U.S., a state court judge said. Benjamin Lipman,...

FILE - In this Dec. 30 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks in Madison, Wis. Extending bar hours in Wisconsin until 4 a.m. for the week of the Democratic National Convention appears to be in jeopardy. Fitzgerald said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that concerns about negative impacts including more drunken drivers on the road has dampened enthusiasm for the move. The Assembly is scheduled to pass the bill on Thursday, its last session day of the year. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Later bar hours for Democratic National Convention in doubt

Feb. 19, 2020 5:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Extending bar hours in Wisconsin until 4 a.m. for the week of the Democratic National Convention appears to be in jeopardy, with a Republican leader saying Wednesday that concerns about negative impacts including more drunken drivers on the road has dampened enthusiasm for the move....

A passenger who disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship peeks out of a bus window Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Hundreds of passengers began leaving the cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 4:57 PM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as Japanese authorities...

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, right, asks senators to approve her proposal to overhaul the decision-making process for county zoning permits Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Noem's proposal to streamline county zoning clears committee

Feb. 19, 2020 4:50 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to overhaul the decision-making process for county zoning permits, including getting rid of a two-thirds majority vote requirement in some counties and making it more difficult to appeal permits once they are granted, cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday....