Humberto Manzano Jr. moves a pallet of goods at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix in 2010. Amazon has endorsed a bill making its way through the Senate that would require more online retailers to collect sales tax.
More online retailers would have to collect sales tax under a bill making its way through the U.S. Senate this week. The measure won strong bipartisan backing on a procedural vote Monday, and President Obama has said he would sign it.
The political battle over the bill pits online retailers against brick-and-mortar stores — and, in some cases, against other online sellers.
The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that puts into state law Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning smoking on state property.
Fallin signed the executive order against smoking in state buildings last year. The House passed a bill 76-14 Tuesday that would expand the ban to properties that aren't buildings and would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on their properties.
The bill now goes to the governor for her signature.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two state agencies say they only regulate fertilizer manufacturers in Oklahoma if there is a spill or emission, and do not inspect the plants for general safety.
Oklahoma is home to several fertilizer manufacturing plants, including one of the largest of its type in the nation just northeast of Tulsa. Lance Kunneman, fertilizer program administrator for the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, says the agency's regulatory power over manufacturers is limited to spill response.
Mayor Thomas Menino, who is recovering from a broken leg unrelated to the bombing, watches on as President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service last week following the Boston Marathon blasts.
Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup poses with then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a Salvation Army fundraiser about a year before she was shot in the head.
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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and President George W. Bush tour an area near a collapsed interstate bridge, which left 13 people dead in 2007.
A sign reading "Flying With Angels Krystle Campbell," is seen Monday as a passing MBTA bus with "Boston Strong" displayed on its message board drives through Medford, Mass. A funeral service for Campbell, one of the three people killed in the marathon bombings, was held later in the day.
Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:07 pm
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The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.
Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 10:26 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say a plan to provide health coverage to 200,000 uninsured Oklahomans without expanding Medicaid likely won't materialize before this year's legislative session ends, and it's unclear how any plan might work.
In Clarksville, Mo., Bob Bailey adjusts a pump as he tries to keep floodwater from the Mississippi River out of a rental property Sunday. The small community has worked for days to build a makeshift sandbag levee.
Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 5:28 pm
Towns in Missouri, central Illinois and at least four other Midwestern states are under a flood warning, as heavy spring rains swell the Mississippi and other rivers to dangerously high crests. In some areas, rivers have already hit record flood levels.
In places where residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, the American Red Cross has set up shelters at schools and other facilities.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.
The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al. The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.