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Fla. governor will sue Obama over hospital money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won’t expand Medicaid.

Govt. clarifies rules for wellness programs at work

Federal regulators Thursday proposed limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

Los Alamos radiation release could have been prevented

A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals

Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals subject to a yes-or-no vote from Congress without the possibility of changes.

Obama said Cuba has agreed to address cases of US fugitives

Cuba has agreed to work on resolving the cases of U.S. fugitives harboring from justice on the island as part of the effort to normalize relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama told lawmakers as he made the case for removing the former Cold War foe from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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Natchez, beloved jazz steamboat of New Orleans, turns 40

Clarke C. “Doc” Hawley was there as the captain barking out orders on a megaphone 40 years ago when the Natchez steamboat first launched its maiden voyage on April 13, 1975.

Thousands flee as IS group advances on Iraq’s Ramadi

More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi with little more than the clothes on their backs, officials said Thursday, as the Islamic State group closed in on the capital of western Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops and turning it into a ghost town.

Washington auditor pleads not guilty to federal indictment

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.

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Deputy shot while directing traffic near school

In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.

Coming to the Kentucky Derby? Leave selfie sticks at home

For the 160,000 people crammed into Churchill Downs on Derby Day, picture-taking can run neck-and-neck with betting and sipping mint juleps amid a winning field of photo opportunities: sleek racehorses, daring fashion statements, celebrities and the twin spires.

Connect the dots: Minnesota city gets umlauts back on signs

Minnesota’s Great Umlaut Crisis is over — and without Gov. Mark Dayton having to use his paint and brushes.

Spain: Ex-IMF chief Rato probed by authorities in tax case

Former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato was taken away by police Thursday night after tax officials spent hours searching his apartment in one of Madrid's wealthiest neighborhoods.

Suspect in 2 fatal shootings is dead

A Milwaukee man has taken his own life after inadvertently killing his teenage nephew in a revenge shooting designed to slay a motorist for a traffic accident that killed a younger nephew.

USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US

After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

New Kansas rules limit spending of welfare benefits

A new Kansas law tells poor families they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items.

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Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

The gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol “apparently literally flew in under the radar,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, as concerned lawmakers questioned how it was allowed to happen and why.

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Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

House passes bill to repeal estate tax

The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances.

Ex-JPMorgan banker charged with stealing $20M from clients

A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker was arrested Thursday on charges he stole $20 million from clients over a four-year period, using some of the money to make personal investments and pay a home loan.

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Video: Arizona officer rams police cruiser into suspect

Dramatic dash-cam videos of an arrest in Arizona showed an officer plowing his cruiser into an armed robbery suspect at high speed, once again putting police actions under the public microscope.