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GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:07pm

Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing the health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

The Latest: Insurer says cost-sharing will stabilize market

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:07pm

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times local):

The Latest: UK government pledges more fire survivor funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:56am

The Latest on Britain's response to the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):


New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:45am

Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week.

US lawyer: US entitled to seize Iran-tainted skyscraper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:40am

A U.S. government lawyer has urged a jury to conclude a charity must give up majority ownership of a Manhattan skyscraper, saying it is secretly controlled by Iran.

Crucial first rulings on California's giant water tunnels

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:34am

Federal wildlife officials say they're set to issue the crucial first rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown's decades-old ambitions to re-engineer California's water system with the $16 billion construction of giant water tunnels from the Sacramento River.

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:34am

The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday.

The Latest: US to rule on California's massive water tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:18am

The Latest on the first in a series of government rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to build $16 billion water tunnels from Northern California (all times local):

Senate Democrats: Boost domestic spending, not just defense

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:17am

Senate Democrats, whose support is needed to pass more than $1 trillion worth of Cabinet department budgets, are demanding that domestic agencies receive budget increases, not just the Pentagon.

London's fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:07am

The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.

Yellowstone wants brucellosis quarantine facility for bison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:57am

Yellowstone National Park is taking steps toward turning part of its bison trap at the northern edge of the park into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility.

No job? Tips for teens to fill idle summer time

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:47am

With the number of teenagers working summer jobs in decline since the 1980s, students and their parents have found creative ways to fill summer months. Some still find traditional summer work, while others spend their summers doing a variety of activities and work that can help them pad their college applications.

What's happened to the pro-gun wish list in Washington?

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:24am

Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. At the top of the list: a gun-owner's ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity.

Jeff Bezos' rocket engine plant to come to northern Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:56am

A rocket company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos is coming to Huntsville.

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:36am

At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.

College borrowers promised loan forgiveness are left to wait

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:31am

Danielle Ramos' student-debt nightmare was supposed to be over.

Cyprus signs deal to build 'Europe's largest casino'

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:30am

Cyprus signed a deal Monday for the construction of what officials say will be Europe's biggest casino.

Despite new rules, Italy pours taxpayer euros into bad banks

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:30am

After expensive bailouts played a major role in their debt crisis, European authorities agreed on tough new rules to ensure that taxpayers didn't have to pour money into shaky banks.

BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:25am

BMW plans to invest an additional $600 million in its South Carolina plant and create 1,000 more jobs over the next four years.

Oprah picks debut novel 'Behold the Dreamers' for book club

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:21am

Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel "Behold the Dreamers" is Oprah Winfrey's latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.