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APNewsBreak: Texas AG's $100K gift came despite agency rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 7:31pm

Documents show the $100,000 that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted from the head of a company his office was investigating came despite internal agency rules that prohibit such gifts.

Samsung's profit surges to 2-year high on Galaxy phone sales

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 6:41pm

Samsung Electronics Co. reported Thursday forecast-beating earnings results that were the best in two years as consumers snapped up its Galaxy smartphones in signs of a revival in its mobile phone business.

More than $140M available to return to Oklahoma agencies

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Mid-year budget cuts ordered for Oklahoma agencies amid a revenue downturn earlier this year were deeper than necessary, resulting in $140.8 million in additional revenue that could be returned to state agencies or used to help fund a teacher pay raise, state finance officials announced on Wednesday.

Union Station reopens after suspicious package investigated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:11pm

Metro transit police say normal operations are resuming at Union Station after officers investigated a report of a suspicious package.

The Latest: Welch's wife steps aside from Comcast case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:50pm

The Latest on Vermont regulator hearing Comcast case while company PAC donates to husband's congressional campaign.

Investment banker blames father at NY insider trading trial

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:50pm

An investment banker defending himself against insider trading charges blamed his father Wednesday, saying through his lawyer that his father triggered over $1 million in illegal stock trades after hearing him talk about upcoming mergers and acquisitions.

Kaine's mission: Win over skeptical liberals in VP speech

Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:41pm

Facing a backlash from the left, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is expected to affirm his liberal credentials in his first prime-time speech as Hillary Clinton's running mate.

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing at Colorado airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:41pm

A hot air balloon that ran out of fuel as winds shifted has made an emergency landing at a suburban Denver airport.

Whole Foods' sales fall again as competitors draw customers

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:31pm

Whole Foods saw a key sales figure fall for the fourth straight quarter as it fights to distinguish itself from a growing number of competitors that it says may offer "good enough" alternatives that are more convenient.

Suspicious package shuts down DC's Union Station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:21pm

Police have ordered passengers out of Washington's Union Station while officers investigate a report of a suspicious package.

Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:20pm

As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations.

Correction: Timber Town's Comeback story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:11pm

In a story July 27 about a rural Oregon town that has reinvented itself as a high-tech outpost, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Facebook came to Prineville to look for a site for a data center. It was seven years ago, not 15.

Robbery suspect shot by police, dies in senior care center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:01pm

Police in suburban Phoenix shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect and say the man later died after barricading himself at a senior care center.

Some French media ban IDs of attackers to stop "hero" effect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:51pm

Some leading French media outlets say they will stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to the Islamic State group to prevent individuals from being inadvertently glorified.

Mercedes-Benz Vans breaks ground on $500M US plant

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:31pm

Prompted by growing North American demand for its vans, Mercedes-Benz Vans broke ground Wednesday on a new $500 million U.S. assembly plant in South Carolina.

Drug developer Kadmon skids following weak demand for IPO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:51pm

Shares of drug developer Kadmon Holdings tumbled Wednesday after its initial public offering priced far below the company's estimates.

Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails

Eric Tucker and Jack Gillum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:51pm

Donald Trump encouraged Russia on Wednesday to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, setting off an instant debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.

Most Idaho lawmakers receiving state health care coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:41pm

Idaho lawmakers are eligible for the same health care benefits as full-time state employees even though they are considered part-time workers.

Moody's: Atlantic City likely to default Monday without loan

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:33pm

Atlantic City is likely to default on $3.4 million worth of debt — and become more likely to go bankrupt — if a loan promised by the state isn't received by Monday, a Wall Street firm said.

SABMiller suspends integration work for beer merger

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:32pm

SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews AB InBev's sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover.