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AP sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones

Deb Riechmann and Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:30pm

President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report.

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:30pm

The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

Renown Health pays $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud suit

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:10pm

The operator of the largest hospital and health care network in northern Nevada has agreed to pay the Justice Department $9.5 million to settle allegations of patient-overcharges and Medicare fraud, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced Thursday.

Illinois lawmakers, governor OK stopgap spending deal

Ivan Moreno and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:11pm

Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human service programs funding for six months, a rare bipartisan accomplishment but one that won't end the yearlong gridlock on a full budget.

Emanuel says Chicago schools will open on time this fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the partial budget passed by the Illinois Legislature will relieve financial pressures on the city's public schools and will allow them to open in the fall.

Australia could soon elect 5th prime minister in 3 years

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign.

The Latest: Rauner signs stopgap budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' attempts to approve a stopgap state budget and money for schools (all times local):

New Mexico high court: Doctors can't help patients end lives

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

US orders school to pay $193,000 to janitor in asbestos case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

A Detroit-area school district has been ordered to pay $193,000 to a janitor who said she was punished when she complained about asbestos.

Yahoo CEO paints bright picture with potential sale looming

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:40pm

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tried to hit all the upbeat notes during an annual shareholders meeting as the company considers selling its slumping internet operations.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:33pm

Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

The Latest: House passes main Pennsylvania budget bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

The Latest on legislative efforts to pass a new state budget for Pennsylvania (all times local):

MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

Myheritage, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

an innovative way to visualize family history, optimized for tablet devices. PedigreeMap™ displays all events in a user’s family tree, such as births, marriages and deaths, as well as digital photos and scanned historical photos, on an interactive map. This allows users to trace the locations of their ancestors and gain new insights into their lives. All data is grouped by country and location, and users can easily filter their view of the map by person, family group, event type, and time period.

US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.

Union has deal with 4th Atlantic City casino; Taj talks on

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:01pm

Atlantic City's main casino workers union reached agreement Thursday with four of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.

House gives initial OK to final N Carolina budget agreement

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

The final agreement on adjustments to the state budget for the new fiscal year received initial House approval Thursday, a $22.3 billion proposal highlighted by pay raises, tax breaks and reserves for the next economic downturn.

Highlights of North Carolina government budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

Highlights of the final North Carolina budget agreement as proposed in legislation and the related "money report" crafted by House and Senate leaders. The $22.3 billion plan adjusts the second year of the already-approved two-year budget.

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight retires from board

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

Nike said Thursday that its co-founder and chairman Phil Knight has retired from its board and CEO Mark Parker has been named the new chairman.

The Latest: House gives initial OK to final budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering a final budget agreement for next year (all times local):