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Volkswagen settles emissions cheating for $15.3 billion

Michael Biesecker, Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 9:00pm

Volkswagen is taking a major step toward compensating owners and government regulators for its emissions cheating scandal. But it will take much longer to repair the damage to its reputation.

Toyota recalls 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 9:00pm

Toyota is recalling 1.43 million vehicles globally for defective air bags that aren't part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags.

The Latest: Libertarian activist wins nomination to Senate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:50pm

The Latest on Oklahoma's primary election (all times local):

Facebook CEO's Hawaii neighbors grumble about new wall

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:31pm

Some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's neighbors are grumbling about a rock wall he's having built on his property on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

GOP, Democrats say progress made in Illinois budget talks

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:00pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats were pushing competing plans to ensure schools stay open and government operations continue, though there were signs late Tuesday that the two sides could reach a deal on stopgap spending as Illinois approaches a second year without a full state budget.

Tesla starts tapping into tax credits for battery factory

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:20pm

Electric carmaker Tesla has received and sold about $20 million in transferrable tax credits from the state, marking some of the company's first moves to tap into a $1.3 billion incentive package that lured a massive battery factory to northern Nevada.

Highlights of North Carolina government budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:20pm

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.

Legislature begins giving formal OK to budget adjustments

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:20pm

The Republican-led General Assembly began offering its formal endorsement Tuesday to a state government budget deal that raises pay for teachers and state employees and offers an income tax break to those who don't itemize on their returns.

Indictment charges 3 men with bilking movie investors

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:11pm

Three men were arrested Tuesday on charges that they cheated investors who thought they were contributing over $12 million to produce major films, only to discover their money went to other projects and to pay personal expenses, officials said.

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:10pm

Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

The Latest: GOP, Democrats say progress made in budget talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:00pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' fight over a stopgap budget and school funding plan for the new fiscal year that begins Friday (all times local):

Dire scenarios for Illinois in second year without budget

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:00pm

If Illinois enters a second year without a budget this week, cash will stop flowing to local 911 centers, preventive health screenings and tuition grants for low-income college students — and the situation will only get direr from there.

The Latest: Crews to work into night at Texas train crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:00pm

The Latest on the freight train crash in West Texas (all times local):

Lawmakers promise to complete rescue package for Puerto Rico

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 7:00pm

Senate Republican and Democratic leaders on Tuesday promised to complete a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico before a $2 billion debt payment comes due on Friday.

Funds available for HIV prevention, care of Native Americans

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:50pm

The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans will award up to $1 million in grants to tribes and organizations across the country in an effort to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among tribal populations.

The Latest: Senate gives preliminary approval to budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:21pm

The Latest on the General Assembly voting on the North Carolina state budget agreement for the next fiscal year (all times local):

Lastest: Hollande says Brexit fallout can be managed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:11pm

The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

Defamation lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone story tossed

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 5:01pm

A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine's debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was tossed out by a judge Tuesday.

Facebook tests new featured event lists in 10 US cities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:40pm

Some Facebook users looking for something to do in real life can now get suggestions from the social network.

Bill would let passers-by break car windows to free hot pets

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 4:30pm

Passers-by who spot an animal locked in a hot car would be allowed to smash the car's window to rescue the pet under a bill approved unanimously by the Massachusetts Senate.