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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):

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it.

Led by Strip, Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Nevada gambling revenue took another tumble in May, dropping nearly 5 percent statewide as Las Vegas Strip revenues fell sharply year-over-year.

House candidate pledges to forgo congressional benefits

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Northwest College instructor and Republican U.S. House candidate Mike Konsmo promised Thursday to forgo all congressional health and pension benefits, not to buy or hold stock while in office and not to serve more than four terms, saying he wanted to remain unencumbered by influences to his vote.

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:01pm

President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.

Abortion, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year's session three months ago, and 162 of them take effect on Friday with the start of the state's fiscal year, affecting school choice, abortion, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State.

Attorney: Volkswagen believes some vehicles can be fixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Volkswagen believes it can fix some of the diesel vehicles caught up in the carmaker's cheating emissions scandal without compromising their performance, an attorney for the company said Thursday.

Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program, with more than 233,000 people already enrolled in the government-financed insurance coverage that begins Friday.

Planned Parenthood seeks repeal of abortion laws in 8 states

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:41pm

Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas.

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:41pm

Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations.

Board of Regents approves beer, wine sales regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:31pm

The state Board of Regents has approved rules governing the sale of beer and wine at special events hosted at South Dakota's public universities.

Self-driving car driver killed in Florida collision, a first

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:31pm

The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle's "autopilot" automated driving system died in a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:31pm

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.

Higher cigarette tax among new Connecticut laws kicking in

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A number of new laws will take effect in Connecticut on Friday, the first day of the new fiscal year, including many provisions in the newly revised $19.7 billion state budget. Following are highlights of some of the new laws.

School district ordered to pay janitor in whistleblower case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A Detroit-area public school district has been ordered to pay a janitor $193,000 after whistleblower provisions under the federal Clean Air Act were violated when she complained about asbestos exposure.

Illinois OKs stopgap spending deal, governor will sign

Ivan Moreno and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

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.

The Latest: Al Gore proud of daughter arrested in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

The Latest on the arrest of former Vice President Al Gore's daughter during a protest of a Boston pipeline (all times local):

Appeals court nixes $7.25B credit card swipe fee settlement

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:52pm

A $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees was rejected Thursday by a federal appeals court, a ruling praised by a retail trade association as a victory for consumers.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:51pm

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.