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Romney mentor, Bain & Co. founder, William Bain Jr. dies


BOSTON (AP) — The founder of global consulting and private equity businesses who helped drive the career of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has died. William Bain Jr. was 80.

FBI: Man accused of obstructing terror probe had child porn


STERLING, Va. (AP) — Court documents say a Virginia man charged with obstructing a terrorism investigation had child pornography on a smartphone.


10 Things to Know for Today


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HAITIANS FACE HURDLES AFTER PROTECTED STATUS RENEWAL DELAYS


Business leaders camp out in cold to urge revitalization


ATLANTA (AP) — Business leaders camped out in freezing temperatures in Atlanta to help urge revitalization in the city's west side.


Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders


CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's…

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"


Haitians face hurdles after protected status renewal delays


BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status,…

Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes


NEW YORK (AP) — Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that canceled flights, froze equipment and…


Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. (Jan.17). Media: Associated Press. PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

NTSB: High speed, low rotor speed led to helicopter crash


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Federal investigations have concluded that vibration caused by high speed and low rotor rotation speed both led to a Bell Helicopter aircraft crash that killed two people.


Judge keeping some documents secret in Hastert lawsuit


CHICAGO (AP) — The public will not get to see certain documents and testimony obtained in an Illinois lawsuit related to the hush-money deal involving former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


France's PSA Group to offer 40 electric vehicles by 2025


DETROIT (AP) — The CEO of France-based automaker PSA Group says it will offer 40 electric models across its lineup by 2025, and it plans to sell vehicles in the U.S. within 10 years.

Letter: NY must force move to alternative energy


New York City announced plans to divest its five pension funds completely from the business of producing, refining, selling or any other involvement with fossil fuels. Five billion dollars will no longer be invested in those 190 companies.…

Eugene Robinson: Diversity rejected by The Donald


President Trump's intent could not be more explicit: He wants immigration policies that admit white people and shut the door to black and brown people. That is pure racism — and the Republican Party, which traces its heritage to Abraham…

East Coast drilling plan may not bear fruit


A proposal this month from the Trump administration would reverse a decades-old ban on drilling for oil in the offshore waters around the continental United States and in new areas of the Arctic. This was actually an old idea that our…

Letter: Trump has it wrong about Haitian people


Not a single day goes by that President Donald Trump, who I consider to be a fake president, does not display his bigotry and ignorance. He outdid himself while meeting with our federal legislators when he referred to Haiti and African…


'Fire and Fury' about Trump's White House sells big 2nd week


NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" sold more than 190,000 hardcover copies last week, the book's first full week of publication, a company which tracks the retail market told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate


What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman's vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual advances while the two were on a date.


Chicago group sues US Steel over Indiana plant's discharges


HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group is suing U.S. Steel, alleging that one of the company's northwestern Indiana plants has repeatedly violated its wastewater permit with illegal discharges.


Dow passes 26,000 milestone


A broad rally on Wall Street propelled the Dow Jones industrial average to close above 26,000 points for the first time Wednesday.

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Apple to build second campus, hire 20,000


Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law.

State releases plan to shift from income to payroll taxes

Times Union / News

ALBANY - The state Department of Taxation and Finance on Wednesday issued a preliminary plan for instituting a payroll tax that would help New York wage earners avoid paying state income tax.


Group pushes lawsuit saying book infringes on artist's work


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon…

EPA weighs thousands of reactions to Hudson PCB dredging

Times Union / Business

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency got about 2,000 comments from people and groups over whether the seven-year, $1.7 billion PCB dredging project of the Hudson River has been a success, the agency said Wednesday

Wealthy new governor says he'll accept $175K salary


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's wealthy new governor says he'll be accepting the job's $175,000-a-year salary.

Florida driver died because of faulty air bag, report says


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman died because a faulty air bag ruptured and fired shrapnel into her head during a crash she should have survived, a report released Wednesday by the state's Highway Patrol said.

North Carolina gerrymander suit plaintiffs want new map now


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should refuse to delay an order directing North Carolina Republicans to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week, voter advocacy groups and Democratic voters asserted Wednesday,…


NY, Connecticut file lawsuit seeking US action on smog


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The attorneys general for New York and Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in the latest multi-state effort to compel federal regulators to reduce smog blowing in from other states.

Once pot friendly Northern California county bans marijuana


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A previously pot friendly rural Northern California county has reversed course and banned commercial marijuana farms, paving the way for lawsuits from growers who previously received permits and paid taxes.

Lawsuit over agent's firing exposes Iowa police agency mess


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa investigator fired after complaining about frequent speeding by the governor's state vehicle claims in a lawsuit that he faced harsher discipline than other employees because he embarrassed then-Gov. Terry…