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February 1, 2016 - 2:17pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their...

February 1, 2016 - 2:09pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Some Uber drivers in New York City say they are going on strike to protest the company's decision to cut fares in the city by 15 percent.

A group of several hundred drivers rallied Monday at an Uber office in Queens to complain about the fare reduction.

They say the rate cut will mean less money in their pockets.

It wasn't clear, though, how many drivers would heed the call for a shutdown.

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February 1, 2016 - 2:03pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were moderately lower in afternoon trading as the price of oil took another tumble amid renewed concerns about the Chinese and U.S. economies. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 76 points to 16,389 as of 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost eight points and the Nasdaq composite lost 11 points.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official says increased concerns about the global economic outlook led the central bank to...

February 1, 2016 - 1:54pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is urging a federal judge in New York to drop charges against an Iranian man to satisfy the terms of a prisoner swap between the countries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan told Judge Kevin Castel on Monday that charges against Alireza Goudarzi (A'-lee-ree-zah GOO'-dahr-zee) should be dismissed as part of a "one-time, unique agreement" to get U.S. prisoners held in Iran released.

Goudarzi has been a fugitive...

February 1, 2016 - 1:50pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Lumber Liquidators will pay more than $13 million for illegally importing hardwood flooring.

The Toano, Virginia, company, which was sentenced Monday in federal court, will pay $7.8 million in criminal fines, more than $1.2 million in community service payments and $969,175 in criminal forfeiture. It will also pay more than $3.1 million through a related civil forfeiture.

The Department of Justice says the penalty is the biggest for...

February 1, 2016 - 1:45pm
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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Liz Cheney formally kicked off her congressional campaign Monday with a newspaper interview in a Wyoming city hard-hit by a downturn in coal mining.

Cheney told the Gillette News Record (bit.ly/203hnMz) reversing the Obama administration's energy policies is her main reason for running for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat. Gillette is a city of 32,000 near open-pit mines that supply almost 40 percent of the nation's coal.

The coal...

February 1, 2016 - 1:41pm
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For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. They had been in every men's poll since the preseason rankings of 2007-08. The record run is UCLA's 221 straight polls from 1966-80.

Oklahoma is 18-2 and is No. 1 for the third straight week, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. North...

February 1, 2016 - 1:38pm
1 week 2 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Ohio has awarded $27 million to a man who was badly injured in a Greyhound bus accident on a Pennsylvania interstate.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1SnWZH0 ) 45-year-old Mark Soberay, of Cleveland, was awarded $23 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages on Jan. 22. Greyhound attorneys say an appeal is planned.

Soberay lost his right leg and needed more than 30 surgeries after the crash on...

February 1, 2016 - 1:36pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state ethics board has declined to support Texas' attorney general using political donors to pay his mounting legal bills on criminal charges of defrauding investors.

Monday's decision means Republican Ken Paxton could still use supporters' money to cover his criminal defense, but he would do so without the board's key seal of approval.

The state's top prosecutor was indicted on two felony counts of securities fraud, which...

February 1, 2016 - 1:35pm
1 week 2 days ago

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the inmates caught after breaking out of a California jail on Jan. 22 (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Authorities say three inmates planned their escape from a California jail for at least six months then abducted a taxi driver and drove to Northern California, where two of the fugitives argued about killing him.

Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Hallock also said Monday that the inmates were picked up by...

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