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North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism

Rob Gillies and Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:01pm

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit Wednesday intended to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising extremist threats around the globe and isolationist calls in the American presidential campaign.

Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart tries to move in

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:51am

Wal-Mart is trying to get a jump on Amazon's second annual sales bonanza.

Army: Dog alerted potential explosives, vehicle cleared

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:51am

Army officials say a dog checking a truck at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland alerted for potential explosives, sparking a three-hour closure of one of the installation's gates.

5 workers hurt in explosion at Georgia aluminum plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:41am

An explosion at an aluminum plant injured five workers and rocked buildings up to a mile away in a city about 35 miles southwest of Atlanta on Wednesday, authorities said.

Illinois governor, leaders negotiating stopgap budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:32am

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Illinois Legislature continued meetings Wednesday to negotiate a short-term budget deal during the state's epic one-year stalemate.

Court-ordered response to education efforts includes 4 laws

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:31am

The Legislature's court-ordered report on fixing South Carolina's education system points to budget increases and four new laws passed this year, including one asking college students what would entice them to teach in poor districts.

The Latest: Hispanic group won't invite Trump, Clinton

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:31am

The Latest on the US presidential campaign (all times local):

Kayne West, Adidas expand partnership for Yeezy line

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:20am

Singer Kanye West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs.

The Latest: Obama: Mexican Americans help shape US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:11am

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):

Toyota announces recalls for defective air bags, canisters

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:11am

Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags and another 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions controls.

HMO, EPO, PPO, OMG! How to navigate insurance plans

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:11am

from tearing it out in frustration.

Agriculture secretary to talk opioid abuse in Appalachia

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:01am

As President Barack Obama's administration prods Congress to pump $1.1 billion more into substance abuse treatment, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is heading to Appalachia on Thursday to discuss how opioid addiction is devastating the region.

Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:01am

Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

Puerto Rico financial rescue package wins Senate test vote

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:52am

A rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico has survived a test vote in the Senate, just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment.

Facebook's latest news feed tweak: This time, it's personal

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:51am

Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed — and this time, it's personal.

Luxembourg court convicts 2 in whistleblowing case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

Two former employees of an accounting firm have been found guilty of leaking thousands of secret documents to a journalist investigating sweetheart tax deals granted by Luxembourg to big foreign firms.

The Latest: Tusk hits back at Polish accusations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

The Latest on British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

Oklahoma prison imports bottled water after waterline break

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:41am

Inmates at an Oklahoma prison have been drinking bottled water and using buckets of water to fill their toilets after a waterline break.

Boston mayor concerned that 2nd top staff member is charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:31am

Another top official at Boston City Hall has been arrested for pressuring music festival organizers to hire union workers.

Egypt parliament passes budget aiming for 5.2 percent growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:21am

Egypt's parliament has approved a draft budget projecting 5.2 percent growth for the coming year.