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Governor asks colleges to skip tuition hikes next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:41pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Louisiana's public colleges against boosting tuition costs, after the schools largely escaped budget cuts in the financial year that begins Friday.

North America leaders defend free trade, resist isolationism

Kevin Freking and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:30pm

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico pushed back Wednesday on calls for walling off their nations from free trade, arguing that more commerce with the outside world is inevitable and will deliver measurable benefits for their citizens.

Texas energy company to end merger with pipeline business

Daniel C. Houston, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

A Dallas-based energy company's decision Wednesday to terminate a merger with a Tulsa-based pipeline company has relieved city officials who worried the merger would lead to an exodus of high-paying jobs from Oklahoma.

Kayne West, Adidas expand partnership for Yeezy line

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

Rapper Kanye West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs.

Markets Right Now: US stocks regain ground in a broad rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

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The Latest: Deputy Labour leader: 'My party is in peril'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

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Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans.

Alaska governor limits annual oil-wealth checks to $1,000

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:51pm

Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska's governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state's oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout.

Michigan governor signs budget with $165M more for Flint

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:51pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $38.6 billion budget bill Wednesday that will more than triple state spending on the water emergency in Flint.

US judge considers fate of new Florida abortion law

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:31pm

A federal judge was asked Wednesday to block a sweeping new law that puts restrictions on abortion clinics in Florida, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law with some similar features.

The Latest: Foreign officials say Trump appealing for funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:30pm

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Delaware lawmakers scrounging for capital budget funding

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

Delaware lawmakers are combing through state accounts to scrounge up enough money for a capital budget for the fiscal year starting Friday.

Egypt parliament passes budget aiming for 5.2 percent growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

Egypt's parliament approved a draft budget on Wednesday projecting 5.2 percent growth for the coming year and a slightly lower deficit, despite a lingering economic crisis and a downturn in the vital tourism sector.

EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain

Raf Casert and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:41pm

European Union leaders drew a stark line along the British Channel on Wednesday, telling the U.K. that it cannot keep valuable business links with its former continental partners in a seamless single EU market, if it doesn't also accept European workers.

Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

New laws starting July 1 address mopeds, gas tax, autism

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Several changes covering two- and four-wheeled motor vehicles are about to take effect. They're among about a dozen laws approved that North Carolina legislators agreed should be implemented with the start of state government's new year.

The Latest: Alaska governor limits oil checks to $1,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:20pm

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FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:17pm

Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

University of Connecticut revokes Cosby's honorary degree

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:12pm

The University of Connecticut on Wednesday revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, saying he engaged in conduct "incongruent" with the university's values.