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Ex-official convicted of defrauding mental health clinic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:10pm

A member of a local politically connected family was convicted Friday of defrauding a nonprofit mental health clinic out of about $1 million for her personal benefit through a pattern of self-dealing when she was its landlord.

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London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:06pm

A local London council has decided to evacuate some 800 households in apartment buildings it owns because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise.

Health care poses a test of Trump's work with the Senate

Andrew Taylor and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:06pm

Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience — and it's showed.

Trump admin OKs drone sale to India, manufacturer says

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:06pm

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.

No drugs found in captain, pilot in Cape Cod ferry crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:06pm

Ferry officials say drug tests on the captain and pilot of a ferry that struck a jetty in Cape Cod have come back negative.

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:58pm

U.S. stock indexes nudged higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week.

Puerto Rico governor to fight proposed furloughs, cuts

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:56pm

Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that he will go to court to fight a federal control board's call to cut a public pension system by 10 percent, furlough tens of thousands of government workers and eliminate Christmas bonuses.

The Latest: British PM offers support to evacuated residents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:56pm

The Latest on London's public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local):

Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meat

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:47pm

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.

ECB: 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:47pm

The European Central Bank pulled the plug on two troubled Italian banks, sending them into insolvency proceedings and pushing ahead with efforts to clean up weak banks holding back the economy.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:26pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:25pm

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.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:13pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mayors: Look to us, not Washington, for results

Bill Barrow and Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:04pm

Think Washington, D.C., and your statehouse are irredeemable and unproductive? Look to city hall for answers. That's the message from the nation's mayors six months in to Donald Trump's presidency.

Officials: Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:04pm

A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.

Honda denies covering up dangers of Takata air bags

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

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.

Google to stop reading your Gmail to help sell ads

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

Google is going to stop reading your Gmail in search of opportunities to sell ads.

European Central Bank: Italy Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza to be wound up under insolvency procedure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

European Central Bank: Italy Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza to be wound up under insolvency procedure.

Nevada's on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:50pm

Nevada regulators reaffirmed Friday that they intend to issue licenses necessary for retailers to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1, despite a court order that threatens to scuttle the plan.

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Julie Carr Smyth and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:41pm

Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years.