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Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

Today at 9:19 a.m.

— Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

Today at 9:05 a.m.

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016.

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

Today at 9:44 a.m.

— Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.

Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

Today at 9:48 a.m.

— The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.

Colorado Senate race tight, new poll says

Today at 9:38 a.m.

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is "too close to call," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Udall, Gardner about even in Colorado Senate race

Today at 7:15 a.m.

— Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is about even with his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a poll released Thursday that confirms Colorado's Senate race is one of the nation's most competitive.

Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd

Today at 8:04 a.m.

— Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

Cruz to attend Tulsa rally for Senate candidate

Today at 6:23 a.m.

— Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is scheduled to headline a rally in Tulsa for U.S. Senate candidate T.W. Shannon.

Schalke chairman draws criticism over Kremlin trip

Today at 6:18 a.m.

— Schalke's chairman is drawing criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party for suggesting that his team, sponsored by Russian energy giant Gazprom, would accept an invitation to Moscow from President Vladimir Putin.

Tea party big wigs in Nebraska for Sasse

Today at 4:13 a.m.

— A slew of tea party favorites are heading to central Nebraska this week to support Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse, less than three weeks before the May 13 primary election.

NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse

Today at 2:13 a.m.

— A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.

As Perry visits NY, job funds set for new scrutiny

Today at 8:04 a.m.

— As Gov. Rick Perry visits New York trying to lure more companies to Texas, lawmakers back home are getting ready to again scrutinize his signature job-creating programs.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

Today at 9:48 a.m.

— The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

April 23 at 11:46 p.m.

— The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products.

Rep. Lummis announces re-election bid

April 23 at 7:03 p.m.

— Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced her bid to seek a fourth two-year term to Wyoming's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Governor honors Vermont's winter Olympians

April 23 at 9:19 p.m.

— Five Vermont athletes who competed at the Sochi Winter Olympics received standing ovations and thanks from the governor on Wednesday at the Statehouse.

NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

April 23 at 6:54 p.m.

— The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

Some South Dakota GOP support help for immigrants

April 23 at 5:29 p.m.

— Some Republicans in conservative South Dakota are putting the contentious politics of immigration reform aside and backing a measure to provide prenatal care to women living in the state illegally whose children will become citizens of the United States.

Senate approves 'Pure Michigan' trails legislation

April 23 at 5:03 p.m.

— The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved legislation to recognize top-notch trails as "Pure Michigan" trails and to create a mobile app for trail users.

Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

Today at 9:05 a.m.

— Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she believes the outcome of the standoff in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia.

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