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Australia could soon elect 5th prime minister in 3 years

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign.

The Latest: Rauner signs stopgap budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' attempts to approve a stopgap state budget and money for schools (all times local):

New Mexico high court: Doctors can't help patients end lives

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30pm

The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

US orders school to pay $193,000 to janitor in asbestos case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

A Detroit-area school district has been ordered to pay $193,000 to a janitor who said she was punished when she complained about asbestos.

Yahoo CEO paints bright picture with potential sale looming

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:40pm

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tried to hit all the upbeat notes during an annual shareholders meeting as the company considers selling its slumping internet operations.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:33pm

Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

The Latest: House passes main Pennsylvania budget bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

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MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

Myheritage, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

an innovative way to visualize family history, optimized for tablet devices. PedigreeMap™ displays all events in a user’s family tree, such as births, marriages and deaths, as well as digital photos and scanned historical photos, on an interactive map. This allows users to trace the locations of their ancestors and gain new insights into their lives. All data is grouped by country and location, and users can easily filter their view of the map by person, family group, event type, and time period.

US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.

Union has deal with 4th Atlantic City casino; Taj talks on

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:01pm

Atlantic City's main casino workers union reached agreement Thursday with four of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.

House gives initial OK to final N Carolina budget agreement

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

The final agreement on adjustments to the state budget for the new fiscal year received initial House approval Thursday, a $22.3 billion proposal highlighted by pay raises, tax breaks and reserves for the next economic downturn.

Highlights of North Carolina government budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

Highlights of the final North Carolina budget agreement as proposed in legislation and the related "money report" crafted by House and Senate leaders. The $22.3 billion plan adjusts the second year of the already-approved two-year budget.

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight retires from board

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

Nike said Thursday that its co-founder and chairman Phil Knight has retired from its board and CEO Mark Parker has been named the new chairman.

The Latest: House gives initial OK to final budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering a final budget agreement for next year (all times local):

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it.

Led by Strip, Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Nevada gambling revenue took another tumble in May, dropping nearly 5 percent statewide as Las Vegas Strip revenues fell sharply year-over-year.

House candidate pledges to forgo congressional benefits

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Northwest College instructor and Republican U.S. House candidate Mike Konsmo promised Thursday to forgo all congressional health and pension benefits, not to buy or hold stock while in office and not to serve more than four terms, saying he wanted to remain unencumbered by influences to his vote.