AP Exclusive: Abrupt cuts hinder Illinois violence shelters

AP Photo/Sophia Tareen SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, according to...

Cigna rejects $48 billion Anthem takeover, sues for damages

Cigna says it is rejecting Anthem’s proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer. The announcement comes hours after another major insurer, Aetna, said it was abandoning its planned $34 billion purchase of Medicare Advantage provider...

NBC acquires stake in Euronews, shuffles news executives

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News is buying a minority stake in the overseas television news outlet Euronews, appointing NBC News President Deborah Turness to run it, and having “Today” show chief executive Noah Oppenheim replace her as NBC News president. NBC News...

'La La Land': The curiously divisive Oscar front-runner

NEW YORK (AP) — These are divisive times. Agreement is hard to come by. Passions on both sides are inflamed. And “Saturday Night Live” is providing some of the most trenchant satire on the matter. We are speaking, of course, about “La La Land.” No...

Ohio Moves Forward With Strategy To Combat Lake Erie’s Algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s government agencies will spend the next year looking closely at hotspots that are contributing to Lake Erie’s algae blooms and developing a monitoring network. The work is part of the state’s strategy finalized this past week to attack...

The Latest: Repairing dam could cost up to $200 million

The Feather River flows with force through Oroville, Calif., downstream from a damaged dam Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Workers are rushing to repair the barrier at the nation’s tallest dam after authorities on Sunday ordered the evacuation for everyone living below the lake...

Indians, LHP Narveson Agree To Minor League Contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent left-hander Chris Narveson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Narveson, who was on Miami’s opening-day roster last season, will be at spring training with the AL champions this week in Goodyear, Arizona. The...

High hopes as always in first spring training workouts

A baseball sits on the field as Boston Red Sox players workout during baseball spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman) LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can...

Leaders of American Airlines pilots' union blast CEO

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez DALLAS (AP) — Support from labor unions was critical when Doug Parker’s US Airways forced a merger with American, but now the CEO of the world’s biggest airline is under fire from unions unhappy about pay that lags rates at rival Delta....

Nigeria: Up to $100 billion lost from oil militant attacks

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s petroleum minister says the country lost between $50 billion to $100 billion in oil revenues to militant attacks on installations last year. Minister Ibe Kachikwu says at their worst, the attacks cut production to 1.2 million barrels a...