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Norovirus confirmed in diner who reported eating at Chipotle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:11pm

A person who reported eating at a Chipotle in northern Virginia has tested positive for norovirus. But health officials say that's not yet enough to determine the cause of the roughly 60 reported illnesses it has identified.

Prominent digital drug marketplaces knocked out in 1-2 punch

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:11pm

Two of the world's most notorious darknet marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about the drug merchants that operate out of the hidden corners of the internet.

Republicans target arbitration rule for consumers

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:03pm

Republicans are targeting a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use an arbitrator to resolve a dispute.

US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:03pm

The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security.

State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:03pm

A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota's main energy trade group to weigh in.

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Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:03pm

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:57pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. showed "reckless disregard" for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The U.S. fined the company $2 million.

APNewsBreak: Claims of human rights abuses in Hawaii fleet

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:51pm

A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry.

AP-NORC Poll: Most say feds should ensure health coverage

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:51pm

Americans aren't enthralled with "Obamacare" and they definitely don't like the Republican plans offered in Congress, so what does the public want the government to do about health care?

VW's settlement in emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:38pm

California says Volkswagen will pay the state another $154 million in penalties and costs over the automaker's emissions scandal.

US stocks waver as earnings and central banks dominate

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:32pm

U.S. stocks are wavering between small gains and losses Thursday afternoon as health care companies including Abbott Laboratories are rising as investors focus on quarterly results. Some weak earnings are putting a dent in industrial and basic materials companies. The European Central bank left its key interest rate unchanged. Major stock indexes closed at record highs a day earlier.

House backs road in remote Alaska wildlife refuge

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:12pm

The House has approved legislation allowing a proposed road through a remote national wildlife refuge in Alaska that was rejected by the Obama administration.

Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Alan Fram and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:02pm

A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade their party's senators to back the reeling legislation in an upcoming showdown vote.

US weekly requests for jobless aid fall to 233,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:12am

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits stayed near historic lows, pointing to a robust job market.

Texas A&M cites business conflict in removing provost

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:39am

Texas A&M has removed a provost and executive vice president from her post after an audit found "significant" conflicts of interest after university contracts were awarded to a business run by her spouse.

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:32am

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:04am

Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Markets Right Now: US stocks waver in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:02am

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UK police get help from 9/11 experts in London fire recovery

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:52am

London police who are struggling to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts with experience: those who worked on recovering victims following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.