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The Latest: Venezuela UN diplomat calls on Maduro to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:06pm

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis and the opposition's general strike (all times local):

IMF approves conditional $1.8 billion loan to Greece

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:30pm

The International Monetary Fund's board on Thursday approved a $1.8 billion loan to Greece — but will only release the money if the country gets debt relief from its European creditors.

Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51pm

In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:40pm

The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security.

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:28pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:10pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing "reckless disregard" for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon sued the U.S. government to stop the fine.

Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:51pm

Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014.

Battering rams of the Arctic: icebreakers, explained

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:38pm

When ice floes stretch to the horizon in the Arctic Circle, threatening to strand normal ships, icebreakers are in their element.

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:11pm

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Visa's third-quarter profit beats expectations

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:52pm

Payment processing giant Visa said its fiscal third-quarter profit rose sharply from a year earlier, following its purchase of Visa Europe.

Layoffs begin at Carrier plant that drew Trump's criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:52pm

More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:52pm

Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy.

McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:22pm

With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.

Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:12pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts.

US stocks waver as earnings and central banks dominate

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:12pm

U.S. stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday as investors were relieved the European Central Bank didn't announce any changes to its stimulus policies.

Jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:12pm

A Connecticut man has been charged in what federal authorities say is a $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store.

Mexico City floating farms, chefs team up to save tradition

Lisa Martine Jenkins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

At dawn in Xochimilco, home to Mexico City's famed floating gardens, farmers in muddied rain boots squat among rows of beets as a group of chefs arrive to sample sweet fennel and the pungent herb known as epazote.

The Latest: Trump calls McCain to wish him well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

The Latest on Sen. John McCain being diagnosed with a brain tumor (all times EDT):

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.