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House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation to give supermarkets, fast-food chains and other food establishments some relief from government calorie labeling rules.

The vote was 266-144. The legislation goes now to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.

Republicans say the calorie labeling rules set to go into effect this year are too burdensome, and they have sought to ease them and lessen potential financial penalties for businesses that have to comply.

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is delivering a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.

Ryan is facing a restive right wing that could deliver him an embarrassing setback by denying the votes for a GOP budget this year. Ryan wants to abide by last year's higher spending deal but wrap in conservative ideas like a balanced budget for the future.

Senate confirms nominees for State posts and ambassadorships

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed six of President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassadorships and senior positions at the State Department.

The nominees were approved by voice vote on Friday. The approvals came after Democrats complained Republicans were holding up the nominations to undermine Obama's agenda in his final year in office.

Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:59 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A former transgender inmate who had complained that she didn't get adequate treatment for her gender identity condition has settled a lawsuit against Georgia prison officials.

Court records show Ashley Diamond voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit Thursday. A spokesman for the state attorney general says the state has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle the case. Diamond's attorney, Chinyere Ezie, said that's "not an accurate representation of the final settlement award" but said she couldn't elaborate because she's bound by confidentiality.

Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine's Day massacre

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:53 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County medical examiner's office is considering how best to preserve and display the newly unearthed autopsy reports alongside inquest transcripts from Chicago's infamous gangland Valentine's Day massacre of 1929.

Police: No more danger after 2 teens shot at Arizona school

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:48 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police say two teens have been shot at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but there is no more danger to the rest of the campus.

Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that she doesn't know whether the victims at Independence High School are students. She didn't discuss the conditions of the teens.

She didn't say who fired the shots but said there is no active shooter situation now. The school is on lockdown.

The Latest: Information about attacker's car alerted FBI

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:46 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio restaurant attack by a machete-wielding man later killed by police (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Police say information connected to the registration of a car driven by a suspect in a restaurant machete attack led them to contact the FBI.

Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner says the information triggered an alert that required contacting the local terrorism task force, which then contacted the FBI. He wouldn't describe the information.

Restaurant owner charged in fire that killed immigrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:45 AM

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit restaurant owner and his wife have been charged with harboring immigrants who were in the U.S. without legal permission after five of his employees died in a house fire.

Police, immigration officials and the U.S. attorney's office said Friday that 55-year-old Roger Tam and 48-year-old Ada Lei were charged after five Mexican nationals died in the Jan. 31 fire.

The men weren't U.S. citizens or in the country legally. They ranged in age from 16 to 23 and lived in the basement of a house Tam owned.

Picture this: The Met will feature exhibit on crime photos

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:37 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Picture this: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is turning to crime.

An upcoming exhibition is called "Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play." The museum says it will explore the "multifaceted intersection between photography and crime."

The images range from the 19th century to the present.

They include photos taken by Alexander Gardner of events following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:36 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through national forests in West Virginia and Virginia.

The alternate released Friday is in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive areas.

Dominion Resources Inc. says the new route would reduce by one-third the pipeline's path through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests, but add 30 miles to the project. The alternate route would also affect 249 new landowners.

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