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Nobel-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow dies at 95


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Kenneth J. Arrow, the youngest-ever winner of a Nobel prize for economics, whose theories on risk, innovation and the basic mathematics of markets have influenced thinking on everything from voting to health insurance to high finance, has died. He was 95. Arrow died Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, in the San Francisco Bay ... Read More »

San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood. City officials ordered more than 14,000 residents to evacuate as water from swollen Coyote Creek flooded ... Read More »

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate. The administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach. Without ... Read More »

Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Ivanka Trump, Arabella Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump expanded her research on economic policy Wednesday with a visit to a program for business owners in Baltimore. The first daughter visited the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, where she participated in a roundtable discussion with minority business owners, mostly from the Baltimore area. National Urban League President ... Read More »

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

Sean Spicer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts nationwide that the Obama-era guidance caused a spike in lawsuits over how the guidance should be applied. ... Read More »

Utah town struggles after teens charged in girl’s shooting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Residents of a small town in northern Utah struggled to comprehend Wednesday why two teenage boys plotted to rob and kill a 14-year-old girl before shooting her in the head and leaving her critically wounded in a ditch, according to prosecutors. The 16-year-old suspects do not have any serious criminal history, and both had no ... Read More »

UConn moves forward with plans for new athletic fields

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved spending $4.75 million to design its “Athletic District,” which will include new stadiums for soccer, baseball and softball. The project, which school officials have estimated will cost about $46 million, is being paid for through donations and a surcharge on athletic tickets. The school has so ... Read More »

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to shake up the fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats off Honolulu and living in subpar conditions. A 2016 AP investigation found that the fishermen earned less than $1 an hour and worked without most basic labor protections while catching premium ... Read More »

Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators pushing to roll back Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature income tax cuts scrambled Wednesday to find a new plan to fix the state’s dire budget problems after he vetoed their bill. The bill vetoed Wednesday morning would have raised more than $1 billion over two years by raising income tax rates and ending an ... Read More »

Spirit Airlines CEO dismisses new, cheaper fares by rivals

DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of discount carrier Spirit Airlines says he isn’t worried about competing against new, cheaper fares from American and United. The “basic economy” fares from American and United are designed to attract the kind of thrifty fliers that have helped Spirit double in revenue in four years. Spirit has always been known as a low-fare, high-fees ... Read More »