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Lawsuits complain that 2x4s, other boards don't measure up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

The 2x4 and 4x4 boards used in the framework of most homes and wood fences just don't measure up to the dimensions in their names.

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.

EPA sets rules to regulate toxic chemicals under 2016 law

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new rules and other documents outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law approved by Congress last year.

The Latest: Group votes to protect corals in Gulf of Maine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

The Latest on a federal panel's consideration of protections for Atlantic deep-sea corals (all times local):

Court: Sailors can sue in US over Japanese nuclear disaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:30pm

The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.

Sanford, clinic work to merge but move is contested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:30pm

Sanford Health is on the verge of absorbing another health care provider in the Dakotas, though the move is being contested in federal court.

Trump's putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

President Trump's putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation.

Ryan backs Russia sanctions; Dems say GOP delaying for Trump

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with new sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request.

The Latest: Addiction expert says Senate bill falls short

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

The Latest on Senate Republicans' health care bill (all times local):

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Senate GOP unveils 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:20pm

Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

Britax recalls over 207K infant seats due to choking hazard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:18pm

Britax Child Safety is recalling over 207,000 rear-facing infant car seats because part of a clip can break and cause a choking hazard.

After hospital visit with Scalise, Ryan says he's doing well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:07pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he visited Rep. Steve Scalise on Thursday morning and that "his spirits are up" as he recovers from the gunshot wound he suffered last week.

Airbnb to collect room tax in Puerto Rico for government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:07pm

Puerto Rico has signed a deal with Airbnb under which the company will collect a room tax from hosts on the island and turn the revenue over to the U.S. territory's government, which is mired in a financial crisis.

US stock indexes hold steady as oil's dismal week eases

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:47pm

U.S. stock indexes held steady Thursday after the price of oil halted its slide, at least for now.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

Jill Colvin and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:47pm

President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.

Ex-detainees: Detention center's practices border on slavery

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:25pm

Every day, immigrants are told to clean their living areas in a privately run Colorado detention center or risk being put in solitary confinement. Some also volunteer to do jobs as varied as landscaping, more cleaning and cutting other inmates' hair, but the pay is always the same — $1 a day.

Qatar Airways seeks stake in American in 'puzzling' move

David Koenig and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:08pm

State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a surprising move that would trigger an antitrust review by the U.S. government and carry political and trade-policy implications.

Protection of deep-sea Atlantic corals up for debate

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:08pm

A federal panel is considering new protections for deep-sea corals in the Atlantic Ocean that would impact commercial fishing interests off New England.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:55pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.