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McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Alan Fram and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:37pm

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through the Senate.

The Latest: GOP senator is latest to oppose health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:20pm

The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times local):

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives for Foxconn

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:16pm

Gov. Rick Snyder urged the Republican-led Michigan House on Friday to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there is still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state despite the cancellation of a vote on the legislation.

Trump admin OKs drone sale to India, manufacturer says

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:16pm

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

Mary Valastro, mother of 'Cake Boss' star, dies at 69

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:16pm

The mother of "Cake Boss" reality star Buddy Valastro has died. Mary Valastro was 69 years old.

Honda denies covering up dangers of Takata air bags

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:10pm

Honda is going public in an effort to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the hazards of exploding Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago but covered them up.

Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meat

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:07pm

Brazil's agriculture minister plans to travel to the United States to try to reverse the American ban of beef imports from Latin America's biggest country.

Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:07pm

The $1.5 million awarded this week to the parents of Michael Brown is the latest of several large settlements involving black suspects who were killed by police, but it's far from the largest.

Texas ex-track coach's discrimination lawsuit can go ahead

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:00pm

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to block a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned of a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:55pm

U.S. stock indexes ticked higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on pace to close out the week with a modest gain, its fourth in the last five.

Court says Iowa lottery rigging investigation took too long

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:25pm

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide fixing scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16.5 million jackpot was tainted by unjustified delays in the investigation.

Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:08pm

Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people.

Wyoming oil and gas officials to track failed businesspeople

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:08pm

People associated with multiple failed oil and gas projects or companies in Wyoming will now have to notify regulators if they try again.

Navy is disciplining 9 sailors for 94K gallon jet fuel spill

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:58am

The Navy is disciplining nine sailors for their roles in a 94,000-gallon fuel spill that killed nearby wildlife, prompted families to temporarily leave their homes and cost the service $3.8 million to date, an official said Friday.

Lawsuit seeking to save 15K trees from solar farm dismissed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:58am

A lawsuit seeking to block a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey from cutting down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for a solar farm to power the park has been dismissed.

Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water rationing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:50am

Italy's farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of prolonged heat and dry weather — and authorities are now rationing water and declaring a state of emergency in some areas.

Slain Venezuela protester a son of Maduro ex-supervisor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:48am

The latest youth to die during Venezuela's crackdown on anti-government protests has a unique connection to President Nicolas Maduro: His father once worked with the socialist leader.

Tallest building west of Mississippi River is opening in LA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:48am

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opens its doors on Friday, celebrating with lights and fanfare in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles that is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers.

Prosecutors seek 35-year term in deadly meningitis outbreak

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:40am

Prosecutors say the co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak should be sent to prison for 35 years for showing "an unconscionable disregard for the lives of the patients."

UN chief to lobby Congress Tuesday against UN financing cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Washington on Tuesday to press Congress not to accept the deep cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations proposed by the Trump administration, which he said "would create an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N."