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Renown Health paying $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud claims

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

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.

Gunmen take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant; 2 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

As many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday night, taking hostages, killing two officers and wounding at least 26 people in a gunbattle with security forces, authorities and a witness said.

Christie freezes cash for cities, programs over health costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is freezing more than $53 million in aid for towns and millions more for Democratic-backed programs including rape prevention and cancer research over concerns about health care and benefit costs.

Murray Energy seeks to layoff thousands in 6 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

Giant coal producer Murray Energy has issued notices that it could lay off up to 4,400 coal mine workers in six states come September.

Riders temporarily stranded on 6 Flags roller coaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

A roller coaster at Six Flags amusement park in North Texas came to a sudden stop and temporarily stranded about 20 riders before park employees led them to safety.

Court asked to dismiss challenge to education tax proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:31pm

A group supporting a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund education is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge by an anti-tax group seeking to keep the proposal off the November ballot.

US rig count up 10 this week to 431

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:31pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 431.

Officials: Man held in Oregon farm shooting deported 6 times

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:31pm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a man charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of three people at an Oregon blueberry farm was deported to Mexico six times between 2003 and 2013.

Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars

Mark Gillispie and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:21pm

Joshua Brown, the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, had an adventurous streak with a "need for speed" but also was a brilliant innovator and beloved neighbor, say those who knew the Navy veteran.

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.

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.

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.