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US auto sales hit record in first 6 months

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:11pm

U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they still set a record in the first six months of this year.

Firefighter on disability who did martial arts gets prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:01pm

A New Jersey firefighter who collected a state disability pension while teaching jiu jitsu and participating in competitive mixed martial arts is going to prison.

Christie freezes cash for cities, programs over health costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:51pm

Gov. Chris Christie will freeze more than $53 million in aid for towns and millions more for programs including rape prevention and cancer research over concerns about health care and benefit costs.

California governor approves $2 billion for homeless housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved spending $2 billion to build permanent housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.

General Mills expands flour recall after outbreak of E. coli

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

General Mills is expanding its recall of certain types of flour in response to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria.

Whistleblower: Renown Health encouraged overcharging

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

Renown Health is paying $9.5 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud after its former compliance director-turned whistleblower accused management of encouraging "systemic" overcharging — and sometimes double-billing — of hundreds of patients.

Death sparks 'Autopilot' car probe; Man had speeding tickets

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:25pm

The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding complicates the question.

Al Gore's daughter in court after arrest at pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:22pm

Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested at a protest of a natural gas pipeline in Boston have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end strong week with tiny gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:21pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Kansas delays June aid payment to schools until July 7

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:11pm

Kansas will be paying schools a week late after withholding the final payment of fiscal year 2016 to keep its budget out of the red.

Construction worker killed, 1 injured after truck hits lift

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:11pm

One contractor died and another was seriously injured after a truck struck the lift they were in while working on the exit ramp of the West Seattle Bridge.

Grain mostly lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41pm

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

New court fees, education laws among those taking effect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41pm

Oklahomans will be paying more for in fees at the courthouse, and lawbreakers will get squeezed for more court costs, under some of the dozens of new laws taking effect this week.

Lt. Gov. Owen, others, plan trade mission to Cuba

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41pm

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's office announced Friday that he is planning to lead a trade mission to Cuba in September.

Attackers storm Bangladesh restaurant, take hostages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41pm

As many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking dozens of hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, authorities and a witness said.

7,000 baby turkeys die in fire; Thanksgiving orders affected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:31pm

A barn fire at one of New England's largest turkey-breeding operations killed 7,000 baby turkeys, and the farm's owners said that means they won't be able to meet all of their Thanksgiving orders.

Correction: Windows 10 Anniversary story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:11pm

In a story June 29 about Microsoft's Windows 10, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a woman who sued Microsoft in small claims court. She is Teri Goldstein, not Terri. The story also provided an incorrect age for Goldstein. She declined to give her age for publication.

Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:01pm

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday.

The Latest: Casino: Union actions detrimental for Taj Mahal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:01pm

The Latest on Atlantic City's main casino workers union and its strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino (all times local):

US: Up to 116 civilians killed in drone, other air attacks

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:01pm

The White House said Friday that as many as 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.