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Some urge sprinkler mandates across US after Honolulu fire

Caleb Jones and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:02am

When Moon Yun Pellerin's parents bought a 27th-floor apartment in a high-rise overlooking Waikiki about 15 years ago, they didn't realize the wave-shaped building had no fire sprinklers.

Few US cities mandate sprinklers in old residential towers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:02am

A high-rise fire recently claimed the lives of three people in Honolulu, and the apartment building where the blaze broke out had no fire sprinklers.

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:41am

Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare.

Tool to help police in opioid crisis draws privacy concern

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:40am

New Jersey is the latest state amid a national opioid crisis to consider allowing police and law enforcement officials to access its prescription drug monitoring database without a court order, pitting patient rights to privacy against the government's ability to investigate so-called doctor shopping.

Ohio brewery producing 2M cans of water for disaster victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:40am

An Ohio brewery will skip the hops and barley to produce 2 million cans of water for disaster victims.

Russia sanctions bill that defies Trump is set for key vote

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:40am

The Republican-led House is set to vote soon on a sweeping Russia sanctions package that defies the White House by demanding that President Donald Trump get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow.

Pacific Foods co-founder talks about beginnings

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:26am

Can a company that started as a tofu maker for the counterculture ease the sales struggles of soup giant Campbell?

Scarce rain, leaky pipes combining to dry up much of Italy

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:12am

Scarce rain and chronically leaky aqueducts have combined this summer to hurt farmers in much of Italy and put Romans at risk for drastic water rationing as soon as this week.

Wyoming lost 25,000 jobs amid energy industry downturn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 9:53am

Wyoming lost 25,000 workers between 2014 and 2016 amid an energy industry downturn but has showed some signs of recovery in recent months.

BBC women want wide gender pay gap fixed now, not in 3 years

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 9:50am

Some of the BBC's most prominent female journalists and TV presenters are banding together to demand that the broadcaster fix its wide gender pay gap immediately rather than in several years as management has proposed.

Futuristic NY pier project pits billionaire vs billionaire

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 9:03am

A battle between two New York billionaires has been holding up a plan to replace a crumbling pier on Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront with an avant-garde park on pilings rising above the riverbed.

Turkish leader wades into Qatar dispute with Gulf tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 7:10am

Turkey's president waded into the diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar and four other Arab nations on Sunday, traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-country Gulf tour aimed at helping break the impasse.

Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 7:10am

The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws.

5 reasons why health care bill would fail, 3 why it may not

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 6:12am

There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans' crowning bill razing much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might revive it and avert a GOP humiliation.

US states vie for big Foxconn display panel factory

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:40pm

Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn's plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize.

Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:21pm

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

Chicago festival to mark Pokemon Go anniversary goes awry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 6:51pm

A major Pokemon Go festival in Chicago Saturday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the virtual game went badly awry when technical glitches prevented many fans from logging on.

Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 6:41pm

Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Northbound Golden Gate Bridge lanes to close during marathon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 5:17pm

For the first time, northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed during the San Francisco Marathon because of terrorism concerns.

NTSB assessing whether to probe NYC seaplane hard landing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 4:01pm

The National Transportation Safety Board says it's determining whether to investigate a seaplane mishap on New York's East River.