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The lobbyist at the center of a bribery indictment says he\u2019s not guilty of anything, with his attorney suggesting there\u2019s a hidden motive behind the allegations.

In a prepared statement, Jim Norton said he is innocent of the eight charges and is \u201cconfident these allegations will be shown to be without merit.\u201d

Attorney Ivan Mathew went a step further, raising questions about the identity of the \u201cunindicted co-conspirator\u201d who apparently gave prosecutors information linking Norton, former utility regulator Gary Pierce, Pierce\u2019s wife, Sherry, and George H. Johnson, the manager of Johnson Utilities.

\u201cThe motivation behind these allegations will become transparent when the identity of the \u2018unindicted co-conspirator\u2019 is revealed,\u201d Mathew said in his own prepared statement. A spokesman for both Norton and Mathew said they would provide no further information or explanations behind Norton\u2019s activities outlined in the indictment.

Separately, the attorney for Pierce and his wife said the indictment should be seen for what it is: simply the government using the facts it wants to tell what it thinks happened.

\u201cI have seen the indictment and have had access to some other information that the government possesses,\u2019\u2019 said attorney Tom Henze. \u201cWhat I see is a picture that has two sides.\u2019\u2019

He said the couple will tell their side of the story \u2014 but not now. \u201cThe time or the place is not in the media,\u2019\u2019 Henze said.

Henze said he, too, thinks that the identity of the unindicted co-conspirator, when that is unmasked, will help the public better understand what\u2019s behind the charges.

\u201cI think it\u2019s obvious,\u2019\u2019 he said.

Meanwhile, Democrat gubernatorial hopeful David Garcia is hoping to score points by demanding incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey disclose all ties he has had with Norton as well as Johnson who, aside from owning a water and sewer company, also is a developer.

Records show that Norton has given Ducey $9,000 for both his initial gubernatorial run in 2014 as well as helping finance his 2018 reelection campaign.

\u201cHe\u2019s known Jim since college,\u201d said Ducey press aide Daniel Scarpinato. But Scarpinato said there is no real ongoing relationship between the governor and the lobbyist.

\u201cIn terms of currently, the governor\u2019s really an outsider to the Capitol and to politics,\u201d he said. \u201cHe doesn\u2019t really spend time with lobbyists, inside or outside of the Capitol.\u201d

And Scarpinato said Ducey \u201ctypically doesn\u2019t take meetings with lobbyists,\u201d saying he leaves those to his staff. Scarpinato said he does not know if or when Ducey and Norton have chatted. \u201cBut it doesn\u2019t appear they\u2019ve formally met in the office,\u201d he said.

Scarpinato said he is not aware of any contacts or meetings between the governor and Johnson.

An effort by Johnson to get higher rates, according to the indictment, led to the actions that resulted in bribery charges. That starts with a 2010 decision by the five-member ACC to deny a request by Johnson Utilities for a rate hike. Part of the request included Johnson passing on to customers the taxes he has to pay from the income he received from the company.

A year later, though, Pierce, along with two other commissioners, voted to increase the value of the company, a move that allowed it to collect more from customers. One commissioner abstained; the other said there was a \u201clack of new evidence or information\u201d to overturn the earlier ruling.

Then in 2012 Pierce wrote a draft policy allowing the owners of companies like Johnson Utilities to recovery personal income taxes through rates. That change was approved in 2013.

The indictment says that beginning in 2011 Johnson, working with Norton, provided $31,500 to Pierce and his wife in exchange for \u201cfavorable and unlawful official actions on matters before the Arizona Corporation Commission.\u201d

One piece of information missing from the indictment is the identity of that \u201cunindicted co-conspirator.\u201d According to the legal papers, it was that person, acting under the direction of Johnson and Norton, who had Sherry Pierce submit monthly invoices for approximately $3,500 for what the indictment calls \u201csimple tasks.\u201d The money\u2019s source was Johnson, funneled through the consulting firm of the unindicted co-conspirator to Sherry Pierce, the indictment says.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) \u2014 California's High Speed Rail Authority has been cleared to proceed with a $2 billion plan to electrify Caltrain tracks between San Francisco and San Jose.

The state Department of Finance on Friday approved the expenditure of $600 million in voter-approved bond money. The approval follows the Trump administration's decision to fully fund a $650 million grant for the project.

The peninsula section is the northernmost piece of the $64 billion bullet train that will link San Francisco and Los Angeles.

High-speed rail opponents filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the electrification project. They argue that state legislation unconstitutionally allows high-speed rail bonds to be spent on Caltrain, violating promises made to voters in 2008.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) \u2014 Allegiant Air's parent says its chief operating officer has resigned, the second high-ranking executive to leave the discount carrier this month.

Allegiant Travel Co. said Friday that Jude Bricker is leaving, but the airline gave no further explanation.

Bricker joined Allegiant in 2006. The Las Vegas company called him a key architect of its growth.

Chief Marketing Officer Ponder Harrison resigned May 12.

Federal safety regulators spent three months reviewing Allegiant's operations last year after several unusual incidents, including an aborted takeoff due to mechanical failure and a plane that nearly ran out of fuel, but cleared the airline of major problems.

Before the personnel announcement Friday, Allegiant's shares closed down 60 cents at $145.95. They have lost almost 12 percent this year, lagging most U.S. airline stocks.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) \u2014 A Michigan jury has convicted a Florida co-pilot of being drunk while preparing for a charter airline flight last summer.

The jury in Grand Rapids federal court convicted 35-year-old Sean Michael Fitzgerald on Friday of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol. The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/2qs8qBG ) reports he'll be sentenced Sept. 19.

Fitzgerald, of Boca Raton, was arrested Aug. 25 at Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport while preparing for a Talon Air flight to Massachusetts. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.34 percent, which is more than four times the legal limit for driving and 17 times the legal limit for flying a plane.

Fitzgerald told police that he had two beers at lunch the previous day.

His attorney argued Fitzgerald didn't actually fly the plane.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) \u2014 The chief executive of two Louisiana state-owned hospitals, under heavy criticism over unpaid debts, handed over a $6 million check Friday in the middle of his testimony at a Senate budget hearing as stunned senators watched in disbelief at the public presentation and the committee chairman called it \"pathetic.\"

The bizarre exchange, which upended the typical drone of legislative financial hearings, is the latest twist in a continuing quarrel between LSU and the operator of the Shreveport and Monroe hospitals where university doctors and students practice under a state contract.

G.E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Shreveport, told senators the medical school was owed $12 million from the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. The foundation runs the north Louisiana hospitals as University Health. Ghali said University Health was three months behind on payments for services provided by LSU doctors.

\"This amount of money is significant to the running of our health sciences center,\" he said.

When it was University Health's turn to talk about the budget, hospitals CEO Daniel Snyder didn't dispute the debt, but suggested LSU hadn't submitted sufficient documentation to back up the billings.

Then, amid repeated questioning by Shreveport Sen. Greg Tarver about unpaid bills, Snyder pulled out a $6 million check at the witness table and publicly handed it to Ghali in a room of senators, health care lobbyists and other state leaders.

Officials were shocked, questioning whether Snyder would have delivered the check without pressure from Tarver and why he didn't quietly give the money to LSU officials who had been sitting in the room for hours.

\"I've never seen anything like this is in my 20 years. This is clearly an example of why the hospital is so screwed up, I would have to think. If this is how you conduct business, the future doesn't seem to be too bright,\" said Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat.

\"I don't know if you think this is cute or this is a way to set the stage for some kind of statement,\" LaFleur said. \"To me, it looks pretty pathetic.\"

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser, called the check delivery \"theatrics,\" and indicated it was a reflection of the difficulties the Edwards administration has had working with the hospital manager.

\"It just becomes very frustrating that this has to play out in front of you in a setting like this,\" Dardenne said, apologizing to senators.

Asked after the hearing why he presented the check to Ghali so publicly, Snyder shrugged and replied: \"No offense intended. He was there. 'Here's your check.' It was an opportune time.\"

Snyder and University Health lawyer Stephen Sullivan said payments to the LSU medical school were delayed because they've only received one-page invoices without details of the physician services. They said that wouldn't pass muster with auditors.

Sullivan said he had no reason to believe the money isn't owed. But he added: \"We cannot operate this hospital in a way that we're paying invoices with no support.\"

Ghali said he'll provide the documentation requested.

The Biomedical Research Foundation is operating the Monroe and Shreveport hospitals under a 2013 contract struck by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. The privatization deal in north Louisiana has been contentious since it began. University Health has repeatedly clashed with LSU and state officials over payment amounts and contract terms.

Health Secretary Rebekah Gee told senators Friday that she continues to hear reports about unclean medical instruments, non-working elevators and electricity outages at the hospitals.

Tarver said he is inundated with complaints from patients about services and from vendors who say they are owed thousands. He shouted: \"If University Health stays there, they are going to destroy the LSU med school, and if we let that happen, we're just as guilty as they are.\"

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) \u2014 Brown University's medical school announced a partnership with six Rhode Island academic medical practices in a new group that will employ more than 500 doctors.

The new nonprofit federation, Brown Physicians Inc., will become one of the largest multi-specialty physician practices in the state, according to an announcement by the university Thursday night.

The state's largest health system, Lifespan, operates a physicians group which employs 563 doctors.

The six independent practices joining the Brown partnership are The Neurology Foundation Inc., University Emergency Medicine Foundation, University Medicine Foundation, University Surgical Associates Inc., Brown Urology and Brown Dermatology Inc.

Dr. Brian Zink, chair of the school's Department of Emergency Medicine, told WPRI-TV (http://bit.ly/2qXrifc ) the physicians originally considered a partnership with Lifespan. They decided on Brown after the university \"came in in a big way\" last year, according to Zink.

Zink said the partnership with Brown will lead to more collaboration and coordination of patient care.

An undisclosed investment from Brown's medical school is funding the partnership. It goes into effect July 1.

The partnership comes at a time of major changes in Rhode Island health care. The state's second-largest system, Care New England, recently signed a letter of intent to be acquired by the Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare.

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G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) \u2014 Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are putting pressure on internet companies and social media sites to do more to stop the spread of \"hateful ideology,\" appealing to their sense of social responsibility to more swiftly identify and remove terror propaganda. The measure, signed by the seven leaders including President Donald Trump, was a sign of solidarity with Britain following the attack on Manchester that killed 22 outside a pop music concert.

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Trump criticizes German trade surplus, again

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) \u2014 President Trump's criticism of Germany's trade surplus with the United States is getting attention again as leaders of seven wealthy democracies gather for difficult talks on trade and climate change. Germany's Der Spiegel started things off by reporting that Trump said Germans were \"bad, very bad\" on trade during conversations with EU leaders in Brussels ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Taormina, Sicily.

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Trump views on climate 'evolving' amid push from Europeans

TAORMINA, Italy (AP) \u2014 A top White House official says President Donald Trump's views on climate change are \"evolving\" following his discussions with European leaders who are pushing him to stay in the Paris climate accord. Economic adviser Gary Cohn says Trump feels \"much more knowledgeable\" about the matter following his meetings Friday with leaders at the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily.

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White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The president's chief economic adviser is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it \"doesn't really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock.\" The comment by Gary Cohn directly contradicts President Donald Trump's repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry. Cohn says that by exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the U.S. \"can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.\"

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Off-lease used cars are flooding market, pushing prices down

DETROIT (AP) \u2014 In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U. S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales. Now they're coming back to haunt the automaker. Like other companies that juiced sales with sweet leases, Infiniti faces a flood of nice off-lease used cars. Already it's lowering used car prices and raising the cost of leases.

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US growth in Jan.-March upgraded to still-slow 1.2 pct. rate

WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The gross domestic product \u2014 the broadest gauge of the economy \u2014 grew in the January-March quarter at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the government estimated Friday. That was better than an initial estimate of a 0.7 percent rate but well below President Donald Trump's growth targets, which most economists consider unrealistic.

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States struggle with oversight of online charter schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) \u2014 As enrollment in online charter schools explodes, states are struggling to keep up and to put in place regulations ensuring students get a real education and cyber schools get the right amount of funding. The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate, seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She is an online charter investor and advocate who sees them as a valuable option for students. While some perform well, the sector has been plagued by accounts of low standards, mismanagement, and inflated participation counts at schools that are reimbursed based on the number of enrolled students.

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More records, barely, as stocks rise for 7th day

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 U.S. stocks finish a bit higher and mark new records with their seventh gain in a row. Consumer-focused companies rise while health care companies slip. The price of oil is recovers following its latest plunge.

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Jay Z's Tidal streaming service loses its 3rd CEO in 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Jay Z's Tidal streaming service has lost its third CEO in two years. Tidal said Friday that Jeffrey Toig has left the company, which was launched in 2015 and is co-owned by Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West and others. The streaming service said in a statement that it will announce a new CEO \"in the coming weeks.\"

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Company faces backlash for pulling Hannity ads

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The financial services firm USAA is facing a backlash for pulling advertising from Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel show. The company caters to U.S. military members and veterans. The company says its policy is not to advertise on opinionated shows, but it recently also aired commercials on MSNBC programs starring Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell.

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Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions

DENVER (AP) \u2014 Colorado's governor says state and federal agencies are investigating an oil tank explosion that killed a worker and burned three others. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday that the state will take action as needed to ensure it doesn't happen again. Thursday's fire has raised new questions about safety in one of Colorado's largest industries \u2014 oil and gas extraction.

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The S&P 500 index added 0.75 points to 2,415.82. The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 2.67 points to 21,080.28. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.94 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,210.19.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 90 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $49.80 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, added 69 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $52.15 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 3 cents to $1.64 a gallon. Heating oil gained 1 cent to $1.56 a gallon. Natural gas rose 5 cents to $3.24 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) \u2014 Missouri economic development officials have authorized more than $6 million of incentives to several businesses that could create more 680 jobs.

The business expansions were announced by Gov. Eric Greitens' administration with relatively little fanfare this week. They came as lawmakers met in a highly publicized special session to authorize discounted electric rates for potential steel and aluminum businesses that could create hundreds of jobs in southeast Missouri.

The tax breaks and job training incentives include about:

\u2014 $2.1 million for 3M to expand in Springfield, adding 90 jobs.

\u2014 $2 million for DST to expand in Kansas City, adding 415 jobs.

\u2014 $1.7 million for Envision to expand in St. Louis County, adding 132 jobs.

\u2014 $500,000 for Blue Buffalo to expand in Joplin, adding 46 jobs.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:

GameStop Corp., down $1.40 to $22.22

Investors were concerned about the video game retailer's mobile device sales and its annual forecasts.

Costco Wholesale Corp., up $3.13 to $177.86

The warehouse club operator reported strong third-quarter results.

Ulta Beauty Inc., up $9.36 to $302.40

The beauty products company's profit and sales topped analysts' expectations.

Deckers Outdoor Corp., up $10.64 to $67.21

The maker of Uggs boots had a larger profit and better sales than Wall Street had forecast.

Zoe's Kitchen Inc., down $2.02 to $14.18

The restaurant chain cut its revenue estimate for the year as customer traffic remained weak.

Caleres Inc., up $2.26 to $27.08

The shoe company's first-quarter sales were better than Wall Street expected.

GGP Inc., down $1.04 to $22.65

Shares in real estate investment trusts fell Friday, continuing their pattern of lagging the market this year.

Coty Inc., up 46 cents to $19.06

Household goods makers made some of the largest gains Friday in an overall lackluster trading day.

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U.S. stocks made the tiniest of gains Friday as media companies and sellers of beauty products and food ticked higher. Major indexes added to their winning streak and record highs.

On Friday:

The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 0.75 points to 2,415.82.

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 2.67 points to 21,080.28.

The Nasdaq composite gained 4.94 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,210.19.

The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks sank 1.14 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,382.24.

For the week:

The S&P 500 climbed 34.09 points, or 1.4 percent.

The Dow added 275.44 points, or 1.3 percent.

The Nasdaq jumped 126.49 points, or 2.1 percent.

The Russell 2000 rose 14.91 points, or 1.1 percent.

For the year:

The S&P 500 is up 176.99 points, or 7.9 percent.

The Dow is up 1,317.68 points, or 6.7 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 827.08 points, or 15.4 percent.

The Russell 2000 is up 25.11 points, or 1.9 percent.

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DENVER (AP) \u2014 An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado's largest industries \u2014 oil and gas extraction.

The fire flared Thursday when the workers completed upgrades to an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.

Anadarko Petroleum Co. said the facility in Mead, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Denver, was not in service and the fire was under investigation.

The company also owns a well connected to a home explosion that killed two people in Firestone, a city a few miles from Mead. The April 17 blast was traced to a leaky well.

Anadarko says it will permanently shut down the Firestone well and two others in the neighborhood. The pipeline was thought to be out of service, but investigators say it was still connected to a well near the home.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former petroleum geologist, said Friday that the two explosions apparently were not related. State agencies and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the latest blast, he said.

\"We will continue to work closely with investigating agencies and the industry to better understand the cause of this accident and take any necessary action to ensure that this doesn't happen again,\" Hickenlooper said.

Democratic state Rep. Mike Foote said the industry and government \"have an obligation to treat these incidents not as isolated or freak accidents.\"

The Sierra Club called for Anadarko to shutter all of its operations while state and federal authorities conduct a comprehensive review. The company did not respond.

A third safety accident related to the energy industry happened Thursday in northeast Colorado, near the Nebraska border. A leak of natural gas was discovered from an underground storage facility.

The leak occurred in a well that injects and withdraws gas from the facility owned by East Cheyenne Gas Storage. Logan County called all residents who live within 2 miles of the well and urged them to evacuate.

There were no injuries from the storage-tank leak.

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Associated Press writers James Anderson and Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this report.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) \u2014 As U.S. children flock to virtual charter schools, states are struggling to catch up and develop rules to make sure the students get a real education and schools get the right funding.

The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an online charter investor and advocate who sees them as a valuable option for students.

While some perform well, the sector has been plagued by accounts of low standards, mismanagement, and inflated participation counts at schools that are reimbursed based on the number of enrolled students. Ohio's largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, this month lost the latest round of its battle over $60 million the state says is owed for enrollment that cannot be justified.

Findings of underperformance at e-schools have been so prevalent that even supporters have called for policymakers to intervene.

\"There's overwhelming consensus that these schools are performing terribly poor and yet, you know, nothing's happening,\" said Gary Miron, a Western Michigan University professor who researches online charters for the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado and believes such schools can work, but not under the current model.

Nationwide, enrollment in virtual schools has tripled over the past decade, and some 278,000 students as young as kindergarteners were enrolled in 58 full-time online schools across 34 states for the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the policy center. Other groups' estimates put virtual enrollment even higher. Half the virtual schools are charters and the rest are district-run, but charters have most of the students.

The schools' supporters say they fill a gap by meeting the needs of nontraditional students \u2014 those with challenging schedules, severe health issues, troubles with focus or bullying, or who are working or traveling or parenting children of their own.

Ninth-grader Celiah Aker, 14, is an honors student who has attended the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow since the fifth grade.

\"I wanted the flexibility to do other things, instead of just school,\" Aker said. \"I have a lot of friends who are in regular public school, and they always get bombarded with so many hours of homework. I get to hang with my family and go to sports events and go and do my dance classes.\"

Nowhere have regulators' struggles been on display more than Ohio, which ranks among the states with the most students enrolled in virtual charters. The state had broader charter-school rules but didn't outline many specific e-school standards or enrollment limits for them until more than a decade after ECOT opened.

Now the school is locked in a protracted legal battle with the state over how it tracks students' hours, a dispute that traces to before the state had any online charter regulations on the books. A hearing officer recently recommended the state education board take action to collect millions from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow due to undocumented enrollment.

Jeremy Aker, Celiah's dad, said implications that ECOT students are chronically absent and the school is undeserving of state assistance are discouraging for his daughter.

\"You were a 4.0 student during the 2015-2016 school year, in the National Honor Society, and because you didn't sit logged into a screen for 5 hours a day, we're actually going to call you truant and we want our money back,\" he said.

Finding the balance has also tripped up other states.

In Colorado, where an Education Week investigation found only a quarter of the students at one online school were using the software on a typical day, recent Democratic legislative proposals to have the state certify authorizers of cyber schools and study data have fizzled without a full vote.

A lack of uniform attendance tracking also muddied the development of virtual schools in Oklahoma earlier this decade. One charter school, Epic, was referred to state fraud investigators for issues including how it counted students \u2014 though nothing came of the review. In 2015, legislators overhauled the law requiring closure of poor-performing charters, instituting a more rigorous application process and stepping up requirements for sponsors. Epic's performance rankings are now high. Republican Gov. Frank Keating is speaking at Epic's graduation next month.

States have been slow to respond to red flags, in part because lobbying by for-profit operators and other supporters hampered legislative proposals aimed at improving accountability, Miron said.

DeVos was herself a major donor to those efforts before becoming education secretary. What influence her appointment will have on states' efforts to regulate charter schools is not yet clear. The department didn't respond to interview requests.

In Ohio, state records show ECOT founder William Lager has donated about $765,000 to state-level campaigns. Nationwide, charter school owners, operators and advocacy groups have donated almost $89 million to state-level campaigns over the past decade, according to data collected by the nonprofit Institute for Money in State Politics.

A report last summer from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the nonprofit 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now called for policymakers and school authorizers to intervene to address problems with online charters.

\"Left unchecked, these problems have the potential to overshadow the positive impacts this model currently has for some students,\" the report said.

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Find the reporters on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jcarrsmyth and http://www.twitter.com/kantele10.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) \u2014 The mayor of Moldova's capital was put under house arrest Friday on suspicion of influence trafficking in a city parking contract, sparking a conflict within the country's pro-Europe governing coalition.

The National Anti-Corruption Center alleged Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca told his deputy to sign a contract with Austrian company EME Parkleitsystem GmbH. Chirtoaca, who is under house arrest for 30 days, has not commented on the charge.

The anti-corruption center said the company won contracts due to \"concerted actions\" from city hall officials. Chirtoaca suspended the contract with the company this month. The company has not commented.

The 38-year-old mayor is also deputy chairman of the Liberal Party and his party said Friday evening that it was pulling out of the ruling coalition in the former Soviet republic over his arrest.

Party leader Mihai Ghimpu said the party's three Cabinet ministers and one deputy prime minister would resign Saturday, which would leave the government without a majority in parliament. He called Chirtoaca's arrest a political move, saying there was insufficient proof to detain him.

Chirtoaca has been mayor since 2007 and supports the small country's reunification with neighboring Romania. He has recently taken a stand against government plans to modify the electoral system.

The anti-corruption center alleges that a public transport official set up an offshore contract in Cyprus and then became a shareholder in EME Parkleitsystem, owning a 26 percent stake that was split between the official and the mayor.

Seven other officials recently were detained in the case, including the city's two deputy mayors.

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DENVER (AP) \u2014 The Latest on a fatal oil tank fire in northern Colorado (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says two deadly northern Colorado oil and gas explosions in recent weeks are unrelated.

The governor is a former geologist and says he agrees with local investigators who say that the two deadly incidents aren't related.

Thursday's fire at an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well, killed one worker and burned three others in the town of Mead. The cause was under investigation.

That fire was a just few miles north of a home that exploded April 17, killing two people. The home explosion was traced to a leaky gas well.

Hickenlooper says that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the latest blast.

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This item has been corrected to show the fire was at an oil tank battery, not a gas well battery.

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11:35 a.m.

Two Colorado lawmakers are calling on the owner of an oil tank facility that was the scene of a fatal explosion to cooperate with state investigators to ensure it doesn't happen again.

House Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Mike Foote, both Democrats, said Friday that the fire that killed one worker and injured three others was unacceptable \u2014 especially coming after a fatal house explosion in the region blamed on a natural gas pipe leak.

Foote says the industry and government \"have an obligation to treat these incidents not as isolated or freak accidents.\"

Anadarko Petroleum Co. says it's investigating what caused Thursday's blast in Mead, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Denver.

An April 17 house explosion in nearby Firestone killed two people. Investigators blamed it on natural gas from a severed pipeline linked to an Anadarko-owned well.

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11:15 a.m.

The oil tank battery that caught fire Thursday in Mead was not in operation when it caught fire Thursday, killing one and injuring three.

That's according to the owner of the site, Anadarko Petroleum Company.

The company has not identified the workers. Anadarko says they were \"finishing projects associated with a facility upgrade.\" The company didn't elaborate.

Anadarko says it is investigating what caused the fire.

An oil tank battery is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.

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10:15 a.m.

Colorado's governor says it's too soon for the state to take any action in response to a fatal oil tank explosion in Thursday.

The explosion at an oil tank battery in Mead killed one worker and injured three more.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is resisting calls from an environmental group to temporarily shut down all Colorado gas wells owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The company owns the site of Thursday's explosion and another well that caused a fatal home explosion in Firestone. Two people were killed in that blast.

Hickenlooper told reporters Friday that it was too early for any government response pending an investigation into the Mead incident. He said, \"Let's see what happened first.\"

The victims of the Mead explosion have not yet been named.

An oil tank battery is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.

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8 a.m.

A fatal oil tank battery fire in northern Colorado appears to be unrelated to a nearby home explosion last month caused by a leaky gas line.

Thursday's blast in Mead killed one person and injured three others. All were working on a battery at the site owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

The explosion happened less than 4 miles away from the Firestone neighborhood where an April 17 explosion killed two people. Investigators blamed that explosion on natural gas from a severed pipeline. Anadarko owns that well, too.

The Weld County Sheriff's Department tells The Denver Channel that the two deadly incidents aren't related.

Cpl. Matt Turner with the Weld County Sheriff's Office tells the station that Thursday's blast was \"a completely separate incident all together.\"

Thursday victims haven't been identified.

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This story has been corrected to clarify Thursday's fire was at an oil tank battery, not a gas well battery.

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Stewart-Haas Racing and snack company Nature's Bakery have agreed to settle a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit the team had filed in a dispute with Danica Patrick's former sponsor.

The team said Friday that Nature's Bakery would serve as the primary sponsor for four NASCAR Cup Series races. They will be split between Patrick and teammate Clint Bowyer later this season.

Nature's Bakery severed its sponsorship agreement with Stewart-Haas and Patrick after the first year of a three-year deal. The team responded by filing the lawsuit in which it accused the company of cash-flow issues and concocting reasons for pulling out of the multimillion-dollar deal.

In a counterclaim filed shortly before the Daytona 500, Nature's Bakery said Stewart-Haas Racing \"could not control\" Patrick and allowed her to endorse products that rivaled its own.

Patrick also has an endorsement deal with Six Star Pro Nutrition.

\"It's gratifying to see a difficult situation get resolved in a professional manner that suits all parties,\" Stewart-Haas Racing president Brett Frood said. \"Together, we worked diligently to find an equitable solution to our collective challenges.\"

Still, the litigation filed on behalf of both parties was particularly contentious.

Stewart-Haas claimed the snack company had recurring mold issues with its products, even stating its own employees had to remove spoiled bars from inventory earmarked for marketing efforts. The race team also said Nature's Bakery repeatedly asked for modified payment schedules and missed payments.

The company responded by stating it spent $15 million a year to be the exclusive on-the-go food sponsor for Patrick, whose healthy lifestyle appeared to fit its image perfectly. But other endorsements and social media posts for Six Star, home-made energy balls and other products meant Nature's Bakery would not receive the four times the return it had expected.

The company also said Stewart-Haas Racing rejected a settlement offer of $3.8 million for this year and $1.5 million for 2018, contingent that Nature's Bakery would receive the money back if the team sold sponsorship that would match the original contract.

\"I am a longtime motorsports fan and, particularly, a fan of NASCAR,\" company founder Dave Marson said in a statement. \"Our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing began with direct, open conversations and that foundation allowed us to reach this agreement.\"

Patrick, who was not a party to the lawsuit or counterclaim, defended her support of Nature's Bakery. She also insisted that she never promoted rival products.

___

More AP auto racing: http://racing.ap.org

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MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) \u2014 Northrop Grumman Corp. will begin making part of the F-35 fighter jet in Mississippi, investing $3.7 million and adding 60 jobs over the next four years.

The defense contractor and Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Friday. Northrop Grumman, based in Bethesda, Maryland, currently has 50 employees in the Gulf Coast town of Moss Point assembling military drones.

Defense contractors often spread work to many states to maintain political support for expensive weapons programs. According to a website of primary F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin Corp., work for the F-35 is done in 46 states. U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran is a Mississippi Republican.

The company is in line to get more than $3.4 million in state and local aid. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft said the state will provide $1.75 million to pay for building improvements, equipment and training. Jackson County will provide $685,000 for improvements to a publicly owned building at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point, which Northrop Grumman is leasing through 2026.

Craft said Northrop Grumman will be eligible to receive some worker income tax rebates because the company pays wages higher than the state average. Northrop Grumman would get at least $1 million over 10 years, assuming 60 jobs paying the minimum $42,130. The company declines to say how much it pays, although Craft said it's \"well above the state average.\"

The company will also be eligible for property tax breaks on equipment, although Craft did not provide an estimate of their potential value.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Financial services firm USAA, facing a backlash to its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel, says it is withdrawing from other opinion-based television programs.

The company, which sells insurance and other products to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families, had cited its aversion to opinionated programming in backing away from Hannity. The veteran talk show host has become a liberal target because of his focus on a discredited story about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer.

Yet the conservative watchdog Media Research Center noted that USAA ads had run in recent weeks on left-leaning shows hosted by Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

The ads were placed in error and that mistake is being corrected, said Roger Wildermuth, USAA spokesman. It wasn't clear how the ads could be placed in at least four opinion-based shows in violation of the company's policy; he didn't immediately respond to a question about whether there were more.

Since the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America posted a list of more than 150 of Hannity's advertisers earlier this week, nine companies have said they no longer wanted to be sponsors. That's only a fraction of the companies that backed out of the since-fired Bill O'Reilly's Fox show last month after news of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment claims.

USAA's decision was particularly disappointing since Hannity has supported veterans organizations, said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.

The decision provoked an angry response. A Memorial Day posting on the company's Facebook page had nearly 500 comments Friday afternoon, many from people protesting the Hannity decision and vowing to move accounts from USAA.

One woman wrote: \"with one boneheaded move, you've made me start looking for a new house and auto insurance, a new bank, a new investment manager.\"

\"It was even more intense than I expected it would be,\" Bozell said, \"and I expected it would be intense.\"

USAA noted that other companies had seen a backlash from their decisions, too. Wildermuth said USAA's decision on Hannity was not the result of outside pressure.

\"We will continually review our ad placements to ensure we are consistent with our policy,\" he said.

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TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump has criticized Germany's trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious issue at a summit of world leaders where trade is already a sticking point.

As the leaders of seven wealthy democracies gathered for difficult talks on trade and climate change, Germany's Der Spiegel reported that Trump had told EU leaders the day before that the Germans were \"bad, very bad\" when it came to trade.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said the president's comments focused on the surplus and not the country: \"He said they're very bad on trade, but he doesn't have a problem with Germany.\"

Cohn noted that \"his dad is from Germany\" and that he had said: \"'I don't have a problem with Germany. I have a problem with German trade.\"

The president of the European Union's executive commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Trump was \"not aggressive\" in his comments about the surplus and called the report \"exaggerated.\"

It's not the first time Trump has taken aim at Germany's trade success. In January, he said that German car manufacturers like BMW could face U.S. tariffs of up to 35 percent if they set up plants in Mexico instead of in the U.S. and try to export the cars to the U.S.

Trump has said he wants trade to be balanced, fair and free so it benefits U.S. workers and companies. He has focused on relationships in which the U.S. buys more than it sells in partners' markets\u2014 as is the case with Germany and China.

Trump also has pushed back against earlier G-7 agreements to \"fight all forms of protectionism.\" G-7 finance ministers meeting in Bari, Italy, earlier this month agreed only to say they are \"working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies.\"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she spoke to Trump about the matter.

Merkel said Friday at the summit that it's well known that Germany sells more to the U.S. than it buys from America, \"which on the one hand has to do with the quality of our goods,\" but noted that there is also a lot of German direct investment in the U.S.

\"In my opinion, one has to see these things together,\" Merkel said.

She also noted that Germany should not be singled out. German news agency dpa reported that she said: \"We have a currency union. We are practically a common market. To pick out one country is, I think, not so appropriate.\"

Trump is not the only leader to criticize Germany's trade surplus. Then-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy said last year that it wasn't good for the eurozone economy.

Germany's trade surplus with the United States is part of its large overall surplus with the rest of the world. Last year, Germany ran a current account surplus \u2014 the broadest measure of trade and investment flows \u2014 of 8.7 percent of annual economic output.

The country benefits from producing competitive goods such as luxury autos and industrial machinery that are in demand in the rest of the world. A weaker euro has helped the export performance.

Germany, however, can't do much about the euro: its exchange rate has been driven down by troubles like the debt woes in Greece, and the policies of the European Central Bank.

Further complicating the picture, some large German companies also invest, hire and produce in the United States.

BMW, for instance, makes sport-utility vehicles in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and last year exported 70 percent of them \u2014 or 288,000 vehicles \u2014to the rest of the world.

Daimler AG makes Mercedes-Benz cars in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, while Volkswagen has a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Broilers national comp wtd av 1.0846 1.0846

Eggs large white NY Doz. .75 .75

Flour hard winter KC cwt 14.55 14.55

Cheddar Cheese Chi. 40 block per lb. 2.2625 2.2625

Coffee parana ex-dock NY per lb. 1.2814 1.2814

Coffee medlin ex-dock NY per lb. 1.4912 1.4912

Cocoa beans Ivory Coast $ metric ton 2281 2281

Cocoa butter African styl $ met ton 5794 5794

Hogs Iowa/Minn barrows & gilts wtd av 72.47 72.47

Feeder cattle 500-550 lb Okl av cwt 170.00 170.00

Pork loins 13-19 lb FOB Omaha av cwt 110.31 110.31

Grains

Corn No. 2 yellow Chi processor bid 3.76\u00bc 3.71\u00bc

Soybeans No. 1 yellow 9.06\u00bd 9.19\u00bd

Soybean Meal Cen Ill 48pct protein-ton 301.20 301.20

Wheat No. 2 Chi soft 4.23\u00bc 4.15\u00be

Wheat N. 1 dk 14pc-pro Mpls. 6.58\u00be 6.57\u00bc

Oats No. 2 heavy or Better 2.75\u00bc 2.73

Fats & Oils

Corn oil crude wet/dry mill Chi. lb. .37\u00bd .37\u00bd

Soybean oil crude Decatur lb. .301/8 .301/8

Metals

Aluminum per lb LME .8862 .8817

Antimony in warehouse per ton 8800 8800

Copper Cathode full plate 2.5695 2.5683

Gold Handy & Harman 1265.05 1256.95

Silver Handy & Harman 17.295 17.185

Lead per metric ton LME 2059.00 2072.00

Molybdenum per metric ton LME 17,500 17,500

Platinum per troy oz. Handy & Harman 961.00 950.00

Platinum Merc spot per troy oz. 962.90 952.90

Zinc (HG) delivered per lb. 1.1827 1.1915

Textiles, Fibers and Miscellaneous

Cotton 1-1-16 in. strict low middling 74.39 74.44

Raw Products

Coal Central Appalachia $ per short ton 52.35 52.35

Natural Gas Henry Hub, $ per mmbtu 3.06 3.06

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Wholesale cash prices Friday

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Foods

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\u2003Eggs large white NY Doz. \u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002.75\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002.75

\u2003Flour hard winter KC cwt \u2002\u200214.55\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u200214.55

\u2003Cheddar Cheese Chi. 40 block per lb. \u20022.2625\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u20022.2625

\u2003Coffee parana ex-dock NY per lb. \u20021.2814\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u20021.2814

\u2003Coffee medlin ex-dock NY per lb. \u20021.4912\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u20021.4912

\u2003Cocoa beans Ivory Coast $ metric ton \u2002\u2002\u20022281\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20022281

\u2003Cocoa butter African styl $ met ton \u2002\u2002\u20025794\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20025794

\u2003Hogs Iowa/Minn barrows & gilts wtd av \u2002\u200272.47\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u200272.47

\u2003Feeder cattle 500-550 lb Okl av cwt \u2002170.00\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002170.00

\u2003Pork loins 13-19 lb FOB Omaha av cwt \u2002110.31\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002110.31

Grains

\u2003Corn No. 2 yellow Chi processor bid \u20023.76\u00bc\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u20023.71\u00bc

\u2003Soybeans No. 1 yellow \u20029.06\u00bd\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u20029.19\u00bd

\u2003Soybean Meal Cen Ill 48pct protein-ton 301.20\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002301.20

\u2003Wheat No. 2 Chi soft \u20024.23\u00bc\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u20024.15\u00be

\u2003Wheat N. 1 dk 14pc-pro Mpls. \u20026.58\u00be\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u20026.57\u00bc

\u2003Oats No. 2 heavy or Better \u20022.75\u00bc\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u20022.73\u2003

Fats & Oils

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\u2003Soybean oil crude Decatur lb. \u2002.301/8\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002.301/8

Metals

\u2003Aluminum per lb LME \u2002.8862\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002.8817

\u2003Antimony in warehouse per ton \u2002\u20028800\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20028800

\u2003Copper Cathode full plate 2.5695\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2002\u2003\u20022.5683

\u2003Gold Handy & Harman 1265.05\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20031256.95

\u2003Silver Handy & Harman \u200217.295\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u200217.185

\u2003Lead per metric ton LME 2059.00\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20032072.00

\u2003Molybdenum per metric ton LME \u200217,500\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u200217,500

\u2003Platinum per troy oz. Handy & Harman \u2002961.00\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002950.00

\u2003Platinum Merc spot per troy oz. \u2002962.90\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002952.90

\u2003Zinc (HG) delivered per lb. \u20021.1827\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u20021.1915

Textiles, Fibers and Miscellaneous

\u2003Cotton 1-1-16 in. strict low middling \u2002\u200274.39\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u200274.44

Raw Products

\u2003Coal Central Appalachia $ per short ton \u2002\u200252.35\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u200252.35

\u2003Natural Gas Henry Hub, $ per mmbtu \u2002\u20023.06\u2003\u2002\u2002\u2003\u2002\u2002\u20023.06\u2003

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HOUSTON (AP) \u2014 The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 908.

A year ago, 404 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 722 rigs sought oil and 185 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Colorado added five rigs while Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained one.

Texas lost one rig.

Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out last May at 404.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Jay Z's Tidal streaming service has lost its third CEO in two years.

Tidal said Friday that Jeffrey Toig has left the company, which was launched in 2015. Toig joined Tidal in January 2016.

The streaming service said in a statement that it will announce a new CEO \"in the coming weeks\" and wishes Toig \"all the best in his future endeavors.\"

Tidal is also co-owned by Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West and other artists. Sprint announced in January it was buying a 33 percent stake in Tidal, which has more than 40 million songs and 140,000 videos. It is available in more than 52 countries.

Tidal's former CEOs include Peter Tonstad and Andy Chen.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) \u2014 Gov. Gina Raimondo says she can't support a proposed funding bill for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium.

Pawtucket's Mayor Don Grebien pushed legislation that calls for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency to borrow $71 million to build the ballpark. The plan asks the state to pay off $23 million. The team would pay $33 million and the city would pay $15 million.

Raimondo says there is language in the bill that suggests the state would take care of Pawtucket's debt. The governor, a Democrat, says she needs to protect taxpayers and can't support the state guaranteeing two portions of the investment.

Supporters continue to push for lawmakers to take up the bill.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has said he won't do that without an endorsement from Raimondo.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Changes announced in corporate dividends May 22-May. 26.

INCREASED DIVIDENDS

Advanced Drainage Systems .07 from .06

Bank of Montreal g .90 from .88

Bunge Ltd .46 from .42

Canadian Imperial Bank 1.27 from 1.21

Cinemark Holdings .29 from .27

Flowers Foods .17 from .16

Horace Mann Educators .275 from .265

Kilroy Realty Corp .425 from .375

LyondellBasell Industries NV .90 from .85

National Storage Affiliates .26 from .24

Netapp Inc .20 from .19

Northrim Bancorp .21 from .20

Tiffany & Co .50 from .45

Townebank .14 from .13

Trico Bancshares .17 from .15

Wellesley Bancorp .05 from .04

OTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:

STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEK

ArcelorMittal 1 for 3 reverse split

Chanticleer Holdings 1 for 10 reverse split

Chanticleer Holdings warrants 1 for 10 reverse split

Magne Gas Corp 1 for 10 reverse split

ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS

MINIMUM VALUE $100 MILLION

Retailmenot Inc - Harland Clarke Holding (630M)

NEW STOCK LISTINGS

NYSE

Bright Scholar Education Holding

Cars.com when issued

GasLog Partners LP pfd A

Seacor Holdings when issued

Seacor Marine Holding Inc when issued

Tegna Inc when issued

US Bancorp 6pc pfd N

NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETS

Appian Corp Class A

SMART Global Holdings Inc

STOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADING

NYSE

China Digital TV Holding Co

Kinder Morgan Inc warrants

CORPORATE NAME CHANGES

Cowen Group Inc to Cowen Inc

DeVry Education Group Inc to Adtalem Global Education Inc

Retailmenot Inc to Harland Clarke Holding

Sunshine Heart Inc to CHF Solutions

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.

Week of May 29:

KBL Merger Corp. IV - Newark, Del., 10 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Ladenburg Thalmann. Proposed Nasdaq symbol KBLMU. Business: Blank check company focusing on the healthcare industry.

Immuron Ltd. - Australia, 800,000 shares, priced $10-$12.50, managed by Joseph Gunnar/Rodman & Renshaw. Proposed Nasdaq symbol IMRN. Business: Pharmaceutical preparation company developing immunomodulator polyclonal antibodies to treat liver diseases, infectious diseases and other immune-mediated diseases, such as colitis.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) \u2014 Jim Allen once worked for Donald Trump in Atlantic City. Now, the chairman of Hard Rock International is doing all he can to scrub the influence of the man who is now president of the United States from his signature casino.

Hard Rock, the gambling arm of the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, is working on a remake of the former Trump Taj Mahal casino, which the company bought in March for $50 million, for about 4 cents on the dollar from the $1.2 billion Trump spent to open it in 1990.

This week, Allen revealed more details about Hard Rock's plans for what Trump once described as \"the eighth wonder of the world.\"

The company is upping its investment in the former Taj Mahal from $350 million to $500 million. Allen has already met with the casino workers' union whose strike last year prompted billionaire Carl Icahn to shut the casino down in October, and Allen promises to sign a contract with the union.

Hard Rock soon will announce a partnership to offer internet gambling in multiple jurisdictions, including, eventually, New Jersey. And then there's the de-Trumpification the place needs.

\"It's everywhere,\" Allen said of Trump's influence on the Indian palace-themed Taj Mahal. \"The amount of money we're going to have to spend to remove all those minarets and all that purple. Jesus! What were we thinking?\"

When the casino opens in summer 2018, it will bear the signature Hard Rock logo and its ubiquitous guitars, and the dozens of domes, minarets and other Trump-style flourishes will be long gone.

\"We are committed to a minimum of $500 million we're going to put back into that building,\" Allen said. \"It does us no good to put some guitars on the wall and new carpets, and say, 'I can take 5 or 10 percent of the business from Resorts or Harrah's.\"

Allen said Hard Rock, with its emphasis on rock 'n' roll and the shared experiences of music and entertainment, will bring new customers to Atlantic City and help the entire market, rather than pulling customers away from competitors.

At the East Coast Gaming Congress on Thursday, a major regional gambling conference, Christopher Baldwin, managing director of Nomura Securities, said Hard Rock's globally known brand should help attract customers interested in more than just gambling.

\"Rock 'n' roll and the whole concert scene is something that is appealing,\" he said. \"It's going to be a wide draw demographically.\"

And Allen all but guaranteed the casino won't have labor troubles. He said he has met with Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino workers union and forged a constructive relationship Allen fully expects to end in a new contract with the union. It was Icahn's failure to reach a contract with the union to restore health insurance and pension benefits wiped out in bankruptcy court that led workers to go on strike last July. Icahn closed the casino Oct. 10.

\"There's going to be no dispute with Local 54,\" Allen said. \"We are going to put people back to work. We'll get it done. We'll do it fair.\"

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) \u2014 Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella.

The National Food Authority statement said Friday that the 26 metric tons (28.6 tons) of frozen poultry imported by a local Albanian company was blocked at the western port of Durres earlier this month.

The statement added that the \"poultry will leave for Brazil\" after the proper documentation was completed by customs and the local company.

Brazil is a main source of poultry and pork for Albanian companies. In March, Brazil's meat exports temporarily collapsed after investigators said that Brazilian health inspectors were bribed to overlook expired meats. Since the scandal, Albanian authorities have been vigorously testing meat coming from the South American country.

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Several models of battery-operated ride-on toys are being recalled because the acceleration pedal can stick, posing a hazard to children. Other recalled consumer products include lamps with defective switches and wicker furniture with lead paint.

Here's a more detailed look:

RIDE-ON TOYS

DETAILS: Three models of 12-volt battery-operated ride-on toys, including Surge 12V Camo 4X4, Surge 12V XL Quad and Tonka 12V Mighty Dump trucks. The recalled ride-on toys have model numbers and date codes listed in the table below. The model number, batch number, serial number and the date code, formatted as \"MMDDYYYY,\" are printed on a label on the bottom of the ride-on toy. The Surge 12V Camo 4X4 was sold at Walmart nationwide between June 2016 and March 2017, the Surge 12V XL Quad sold at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores nationwide from September 2016 through March 2017, and the Tonka 12-volt Might Dump Truck was sold at Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com from July 2016 through November 2016. Details on models and serial numbers can be found at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Dynacraft-Recalls-Ride-On-Toys

WHY: The acceleration pedal on the ride-on toys can stick, posing fall and crash hazards.

INCIDENTS: 19 reports of pedals sticking, including seven reports of minor injuries, including abrasions, cuts and bruises.

HOW MANY: About 20,000.

FOR MORE: Call Dynacraft at 800-551-0032 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.dynacraftwheels.com and click on \"Product Recalls\" at the bottom of the page.

SALT ROCK LAMPS

DETAILS: Lumi\u00e8re brand Rock Salt Lamps in three styles: Basket of Rocks, Carnival of Lights and Rock of Gibraltar. The lamps are pink in color and are mounted on a wooden base or in a black metal basket. The lamps were sold in black cardboard boxes with a photo of the lamp on the front of the box and the UPC bar code number on the bottom of the box. Lamps with the following UPC numbers are included in the recall: Rock of Gibraltar Lamp with UPC 00886946056253, Carnival of Lights with UPC 00886946058325 and Basket of Rocks with UPC 00886946056277. They were sold at At Home, Christmas tree shops, Michaels and other stores nationwide from July 2016 through December 2016.

WHY: The dimmer switch and/or outlet plug can overheat and ignite, posing shock and fire hazards.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,900. Also, 80,000 lamps were previously recalled in January 2017.

FOR MORE: Call Sportex at 800-652-3490 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday.

LIGHT-UP SPINNER TOYS

DETAILS: Children's battery-powered, light-up spinner toys sold in two themes: Easter and July 4th. They were sold at Hobby Lobby and Mardel stores nationwide from February 2017 to April 2017. The Easter-themed toys were sold in blue with a pink bunny on the dome and yellow with a yellow and orange chicken on the dome. The July 4th spinners are red with white stars painted on the blue dome. \"Hobby Lobby\" and item number 9130033 or 9130082 is printed on the spinner handle. The spinners are powered by three LR44 coin cell batteries.

WHY: The battery cover can detach and expose the small coin cell batteries, posing choking and ingestion hazards to young children.

INCIDENTS: One report of a 14-month-old child who ingested the battery. An x-ray was conducted and the battery passed through.

HOW MANY: About 43,000.

FOR MORE: Call Hobby Lobby Stores at 800-326-7931 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.hobbylobby.com and click on \"Recalls\" at the bottom of the page.

WICKER FURNITURE

DETAILS: The Pier 1 Imports Temani collection, which includes a chair, settee and ottoman. The furniture has a Pier 1 Imports logo on the underside of each chair, settee and ottoman. The recall involves the chair with SKU 2769765, settee with SKU 2860548 and Ottoman with SKU 2769778. They were sold at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and at www.Pier1.com from March 2014 to April 2017.

WHY: The paint used on the wicker furniture can contain excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 2,500 in the U.S. and about 75 sold in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Pier 1 Imports at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday, or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Sunday or visit www.Pier1.com and click on \"Product Notes & Recalls\" at the bottom of the page.

WALL SCONCES

DETAILS: Rejuvenation Cypress and Imbrie model articulated wall sconces. The wall sconces have articulating jointed arms and adjustable shades in various colors and finishes. They were sold in plug-in (also called pin-up) and hard wired versions. Each sconce has a label located inside the canopy of the sconce that contains the SKU number, configuration ID, manufacturing date and production order number. The following SKU numbers are included in the recall and are printed on the production label: A1327, A1328, A1329, A1330, A1331, A1332, A9591, A9592, A9593, A9594, A9595, A9596, A3621, A3622, A3625, A3626, A3623, A3624. They were sold at Rejuvenation stores nationwide from September 2016 through March 2017.

WHY: The joint of the articulating arm can pinch or cut the electrical wire causing it to fray, posing a shock hazard.

INCIDENTS: Four reports of the wires of the sconces being pinched or fraying. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,055.

FOR MORE: Call Rejuvenation at 855-347-2143 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to customerservice@rejuvenation.com or visit www.rejuvenation.com and click on \"Safety Recalls\" at the bottom of the page.

OFFICE CHAIRS

DETAILS: This recall involves office chairs with a Leggett & Platt Office Components LP01 synchro slider mechanism. The slider mechanism allows the user to adjust the seat depth. They were sold at Costco, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Staples and other furniture stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Costco.com, OfficeDepot.com, Staples.com, Walmart.com and other online stores from July 2015 through February 2017. The sliders were sold on five brands of office chairs: Hon, Hugg, JSI, Sitmatic and Via Seating. More details can be found at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Office-Chairs-Recalled-by-Leggett-Platt-Office-Components .

WHY: Seat slider bolts and push nuts can disconnect and fall from the chair, which could cause the seat to detach from the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 47,900 in the U.S. and about 1,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Leggett & Platt at 844-516-3615 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to LP01service@leggett.com or visit www.lpworkfurniture.com and click on \"Product Recall\" at the top of the page.

DIGITAL CLAMP METERS

DETAILS: Extech digital clamp meters with model numbers EX650, EX655, MA160, MA61, and MA63. These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode. Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. The \"EXTECH\" logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. They were sold at Grainger, Platt Electric Supply stores and industrial and electrical distributors and wholesalers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from January 2016 through April 2017.

WHY: The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: 1,700 in the U.S. and 20 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Extech at 855-239-8324 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to meter.recall@extech.com, or visit www.extech.com and click on \"Safety Notices\" at the bottom of the page.

LAWN MOWERS

DETAILS: Kobalt and Greenworks brands of cordless electric walk-behind lawn mowers. The recalled lawn mowers have four wheels (two smaller ones in the front and two larger ones in the back), a 40-volt max lithium ion battery and a deck width of 20 inches. Both models have a large label on the rear bag door area with a serial number, model number and date code. The Kobalt brand mowers also have an item number on the label. \"Kobalt\" or \"Greenworks\" is printed on the side of the bag. Kobalt model number KM2040X-06 and Greenworks G-Max model number 25302 are included in the recall. They were sold at Lowe's and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Lowes.com and other websites from May 2014 through July 2016.

WHY: The circuit board in the lawn mower can short circuit and catch fire, posing a fire hazard to users.

INCIDENTS: 12 reported incidents with the recalled lawn mowers including 5 reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 28,000.

FOR MORE: Call Hongkong Sun Rise Trading at 888-266-7096 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET any day or visit www.greenworkstools.com and click on \"Important Safety Notice\" at the bottom of the page.

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The Navajo Nation has introduced legislation to extend the lease on a coal-fired power plant in Northern Arizona so it can operate through 2019 and preserve jobs held by Native Americans.

The lease extension would allow for the Navajo Generating Station to be used through December 2019 and then be torn down, The Arizona Republic reported Thursday. If the tribe does not approve a lease extension by July 1, the plant will have to close at the end of this year to be torn down by 2020.

The tribal council, made up of delegates elected by Navajo tribal members, votes on legislation, and the tribe\u2019s president has the option of signing the legislation or vetoing it.

If the deal is approved, the Navajo Nation will earn $110 million in lease payments over the next 35 years plus other financial benefits because the plant\u2019s owners must monitor the land after the facilities are removed.

The tribe also hopes to keep the railroad between the plant and coal mine valued at $120 million, a lake pump facility and electrical switch yard valued at $41 million and access to major transmission lines leading from the plant that the primary power plant owner Salt River Project has valued at about $80 million.

The access to the power lines would allow solar or wind projects on the reservation to deliver electricity to the market.

The tribe hopes to negotiate with the state to acquire 50,000 acre-feet of water from the lake annually once the power plant no longer uses that allotment.

The power plant and a coal mine that supplies it employ about 750 people.

Almost all of the workers are Native Americans from the Navajo and Hopi tribes.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) \u2014 The Navajo Nation has introduced legislation to extend the lease on a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona so it can operate through 2019 and preserve jobs held by Native Americans.

The lease extension would allow for the Navajo Generating Station to be used through December 2019 and then be torn down, The Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/2qjPMRe ) Thursday. If the tribe does not approve a lease extension by July 1, the plant will have to close at the end of this year to be torn down by 2020.

The tribal council made up of delegates elected by Navajo tribe members votes on legislation and the tribal president has the option of signing the legislation or vetoing it

If the deal is approved, the Navajo Nation will earn $110 million in lease payments over the next 35 years plus other financial benefits because the plant's owners must monitor the land after the facilities are removed.

The tribe also hopes to keep the railroad between the plant and coal mine valued at $120 million, a lake pump facility and electrical switch yard valued at $41 million and access to major transmission lines leading from the plant that the primary power plant owner Salt River Project has valued at about $80 million.

The access to the power lines would allow solar or wind project on the reservation to deliver electricity to the market.

The tribe hopes to negotiate with the state to acquire 50,000 acre-feet (62 million cubic meters) of water from the lake annually once the power plant no longer uses that allotment.

The power plant and a coal mine that supplies it employ about 750 people. Almost all of the workers are all Native Americans from the Navajo and Hopi tribes.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 Ford's former CEO Mark Fields is leaving the company with an estimated $51.1 million in cash, stock awards and pension benefits.

Fields, 56, retired earlier this week after three years as CEO. Ford made record profits during his tenure but its stock price dropped nearly 40 percent on investors' concerns about the company's future.

Executive compensation tracking firm Equilar calculated Fields' compensation for The Associated Press.

Fields will be eligible for $22.1 million in stock awards that are continuing to vest and an estimated $17.5 million in pension benefits.

He could earn a $3.6 million bonus, but not if he's hired by a competitor.

Fields has $7.9 million in vested stock options, but other stock options currently have no value because Ford's stock price has sunk so low.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The U.S. economy began 2017 with a whimper \u2014 though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated.

The gross domestic product \u2014 the broadest gauge of the economy \u2014 expanded in the January-March quarter at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the government said Friday. That was better than its initial estimate of a 0.7 percent rate but far below President Donald Trump's growth targets, which most economists consider unrealistic.

The government's upgraded estimate of first-quarter growth reflected new-found strength in consumer spending, business investment and state and local government spending.

Many analysts have estimated that growth in the current April-June quarter is rebounding to an annual rate above 3 percent. They envision stronger consumer spending fueled by solid hiring, with unemployment at a decade low of 4.4 percent, and increased consumer spending. They note that growth in the first quarter was held down by some unusual temporary factors, including unseasonably warm weather, which limited spending on utilities.

Friday's upgraded estimate of first-quarter growth \"doesn't alter the fact that it was another disappointing start to the year,\" said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. But Ashworth and other analysts said they still envision more robust expansion in the current quarter.

\"Growth is bouncing back in the second quarter,\" said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC. \"Consumer spending continues to expand with job and wage gains, and business investment is picking up, especially for energy-related industries.\"

After the expected rebound this spring, though, analysts generally foresee growth falling back to an annual rate of 2 percent to 2.5 percent in the second half of the year \u2014 the same modest pace that has prevailed for nearly all the eight years of this economic recovery, the slowest expansion in the post-World War II period.

During the campaign, Trump bemoaned the economy's weak growth and blamed what he called the Obama administration's failed policies. He had vowed that his program of tax cuts, deregulation and tougher enforcement of trade agreements would double growth to 4 percent or better.

The 2018 budget plan that the Trump administration proposed this week projects a lesser but still questionable rate of expansion: It assumes that a mix of sharp spending and tax cuts can both shrink the deficit and fuel growth of 3 percent a year, a pace it hasn't reached on a sustained basis in more than two decades.

Many experts have dismissed the notion that the economy can achieve a consistent annual growth rate of at least 3 percent at a time of sluggish worker productivity, an aging workforce and slower spending by consumers \u2014 on top of Trump's proposed spending cuts to education, research and social programs.

The economy grew 1.6 percent for all of last year, the poorest showing in five years. With Trump's legislative program meeting resistance in Congress, forecasters have been paring their growth estimates for the second half of this year.

Friday's upward revision for the first quarter \u2014 the government's second of three estimates \u2014 reflected a boost in consumer spending to an annual rate of 0.6 percent. That was still the slowest in seven years but was up from an initial estimate of 0.3 percent. Analysts generally say consumer spending is likely expanding in the current quarter at a much faster rate, lifted by modest income gains and by the tendency of consumers to spend more at a time of rising stock prices and home values.

The government's upgraded estimate was also driven by lower declines in spending by state and local governments than initially thought and stronger investment by businesses in structures and intellectual property.

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WASHINGTON \u2014 Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no.

Problem was, the Johnsons' mortgage covered their home in Christiansburg, Virginia, and some adjacent land \u2014 a deal-breaker.

\"They all pointed to the same thing: The rules have changed,\" she said. The banks refused to lend against both the home and the land.

Their frustration reflects a major factor slowing a still-sluggish U.S. economy: The inability of many to tap their home equity.

Americans have long borrowed against the ownership stakes in their homes to buy cars, build decks and renovate houses. That borrowing helped accelerate consumer spending, the U.S. economy's primary fuel \u2014 until the housing bust struck a decade ago and shrank home prices.

But prices have recovered, and housing equity now equals 58 percent of home values \u2014 the highest point since 2006. Yet borrowing against that equity has barely budged from post-recession lows, which helps explain why consumer spending remains weak eight years after the Great Recession ended.

On Friday, the government is expected to estimate that the economy grew at an annual rate below 1 percent in the January-March quarter, thanks in large part to anemic spending.

The main problem, according to consumer surveys and banking analysts, is that despite low interest rates, it's become harder to borrow. The web of lending regulations that was tightened after the financial crisis has yet to be eased. Many households would like to borrow more through home equity credit lines or cash-outs from loan refinancings. But having been burned by defaults during the financial crisis, banks are demanding nearly pristine credit.

\"It's harder to do a cash-out refinancing or get a home equity line of credit than it used to be,\" said Karen Dynan, who was a chief economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration. \"That has dampened the housing wealth effect\" \u2014 the tendency of households to spend more when home values rise.

Johnson, 54, had hoped to spend $30,000 on the renovation. It would have meant building a music studio and adding wheelchair ramps and other modifications for her husband, a disabled veteran. That project is now on hold.

Americans do carry slightly more overall debt than before the recession, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. But that's mainly because of huge increases in student loans. By contrast, the kind of debt that fuels consumption \u2014 credit card borrowing as well as housing debt \u2014 remains well-below pre-recession peaks.

Research from the New York Fed suggests that if home-equity-related borrowing were to regain healthier levels \u2014 dating to the early 2000s, before the housing bubble \u2014 the economy could accelerate by three-quarters of a percentage point a year.

Stricter lending rules aren't the only factor restraining borrowing. Younger and less affluent Americans are less likely than before the recession to own a home, for example, or to have much equity to borrow against if they do own. These are people who have historically been most inclined to borrow and spend.

Older, wealthier homeowners now own a larger share of America's housing wealth. Yet at their age, they're less likely to borrow for big purchases or projects.

Partly as a result, Americans have increased spending an average of just 2.3 percent a year since 2009, when the recession ended, just two-thirds of the historical norm. Because consumer spending drives about 70 percent of the economy, that weaker pace has hobbled growth.

The economy hasn't grown 3 percent or more \u2014 its long-term norm \u2014 for a full year since 2005. Other factors are also slowing the economy, like retirements by the vast generation of baby boomers. But weak consumer spending is a significant drag.

\"The previous behavior of using housing debt to finance other kinds of consumption seems to have completely disappeared,\" William Dudley, president of the New York Fed, said in a speech earlier this year. \"People are apparently leaving the wealth generated by rising home prices 'locked up' in their homes.\"

Americans borrowed an average of $181 billion annually against homes from 2000 through 2003, before the reckless borrowing of the housing bubble, New York Fed economists found. But from 2012 through 2015, as housing recovered, they borrowed just $21 billion annually on average.

Banks now must hold more money in reserve for each home equity credit line they extend. So home equity lines have become a less attractive business for banks than loans that require lower reserves.

Mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can now send home loans that default back to the banks that provided them, thereby inflicting losses on the banks. Fannie and Freddie also view cash-out refinances as riskier now and have imposed higher fees to guarantee them. This makes such loans costlier for banks and consumers.

Banks are increasingly focusing on the most credit-worthy borrowers. It now requires an average credit score of 780 to get a home equity loan, up from 730 before the housing bust, the New York Fed estimates. Barely 30 percent of households have scores that high.

\"There's been a really striking shift, with a whole class of scores that are no longer getting loans,\" said Bill Nelson, deputy chief economist at The Clearing House, a banking trade group.

The use of homeownership debt can be healthy, Dudley noted. Most people earn more as they age and their careers progress. To borrow against future income, they need to use home equity as collateral.

And more people would like to do so. In the summer and fall of last year, about one-third of banks reported rising demand for home equity credit lines, according to the Fed. But rejection rates for such loans have also risen.

Benjamin Keys, a real estate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, notes that just 42 percent of mortgage refinances last fall were \"cash outs,\" compared with roughly two-thirds during the pre-bubble period. Keys suggested that enabling banks to lend more to households with somewhat weaker credit and easing requirements on income documentation would be beneficial.

\"But it's a slippery slope,\" he added. \"We don't want to go down that path that has made the mortgage market much safer.\"

Looser regulation wouldn't address another constraint on borrowing: Homeowners with the most equity are likelier to be older and wealthier than before the recession and so less likely to borrow for major purchases. In early 2016, Americans over 60 owned one-third of housing equity, up from one-fifth in 2006, according to New York Fed economists. And homeowners with credit scores above 780 own half of all housing equity, up from 40 percent a decade earlier.

In addition, the proportion of mortgages of less than 30 years has jumped. Nearly 38 percent of refinancings last year were for less than 30 years, the Mortgage Bankers' Association said, up from 29 percent in 2011. Shorter mortgages force homeowners to save more and spend less by requiring higher payments.

Dynan also notes that given the wild fluctuation in home prices since 2006, some Americans now see housing wealth as akin to volatile assets like stocks and may be more hesitant to spend it.

Of course, there's a positive side to the trends: More saving and modest spending means households are in rosier financial health, which should help sustain the economy.

And with mortgage rates rising, more homeowners may choose to renovate homes rather than buy new ones. That could lead more creditworthy homeowners to seek home equity loans to finance projects.

\"If households and lenders again become comfortable with financing consumption with debt in addition to income, this will provide additional support\" to the economy, Dudley said.

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ATLANTA (AP) \u2014 Rattled shoppers at an Atlanta grocery store had to abandon their carts and flee after someone ignited a indoor fireworks display, causing some to fear a shooter was inside the building.

Someone ignited the display inside the Publix store on the city's south side about 5 p.m. Thursday, setting off the sprinkler system and causing everyone inside to be evacuated.

\"People heard the fireworks going off and some people thought it was an active shooter,\" Sgt. Cortez Stafford said Friday. \"With all those fireworks going off, it put off a lot of smoke and almost immediately filled up the store.\"

No one suffered serious injuries, but one woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Stafford said. \"She was more shaken up than anything,\" he said.

A photo from the fire department showed a massive pile of charred fireworks in one of the aisles. The display, about 3 feet to 4 feet high, included sparklers and a variety of other fireworks.

The blaze activated a sprinkler head above the display, which put out most of the fire. Fire crews then doused hot spots, Stafford said.

\"The Publix employees did a really good job getting people out of the store to the best of their ability - kudos to them,\" he said.

A group of teenagers is suspected of setting off the fireworks, fire officials said.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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