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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:11pm

Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:01pm

Google is serving a new morsel for fans of its Android software: The next version has been dubbed "Nougat," extending Google's tradition of nicknaming each overhaul of Android after a sweet food.

Iconic Nashville soda shop hosts new USPS stamps launch

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:01pm

The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:51pm

Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it.

US House candidate Konsmo: No congressional benefits for me

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:51pm

Northwest College instructor and U.S. House candidate Mike Konsmo is promising not to serve more than four terms and to forgo all congressional health and pension benefits.

Hershey says board unanimously rejects Mondelez takeover bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:51pm

Hershey says its board has unanimously rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez and that the offer provided "no basis for further discussion."

For Clinton, tiny fundraisers equal big campaign money

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:51pm

A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at the Pritzker family home in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall.


FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:49pm

In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour.

Lions Gate to buy cable channel Starz in $4.4 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:41pm

Film and TV studio Lions Gate is buying cable channel operator Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion.

Rad return: Crystal Pepsi coming back to shelves for summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:41pm

PepsiCo is bringing back the 1990s this summer with an eight-week release of Crystal Pepsi, one of the iconic beverages of that decade.

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:41pm

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

New York architects to design Obama library in Chicago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:31pm

Barack Obama's presidential library on Chicago's South side will be designed by a New York architectural firm that designed the David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

The Latest: UK govt puts off London airport runway decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:22pm

The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

State regents approve tuition increases for Oklahoma schools

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:11pm

The cost of attending one of Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities will go up by an average of 8.4 percent, the state regents voted Thursday.

Cinemark attorneys want victims to pay $700K in legal fees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Attorneys for Cinemark want victims of a 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater to pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after they unsuccessfully sued the theater chain.

Illinois lawmakers begin voting on stopgap spending deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Illinois lawmakers began voting Thursday on a stopgap spending deal that would ensure schools open in August and fund state services for the next six months, but it wouldn't end the ideological divide that led to the yearlong budget standoff.

Lawmakers authorize new financial fraud investigator jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Nevada lawmakers are releasing some money the state got in a national mortgage settlement to ramp up a financial fraud investigation unit in the attorney general's office.

Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:00pm

Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?

Connecticut cops more likely to use stun guns on minorities

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:32am

Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.