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Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:21am

Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won't touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel.

House, Senate on collision course in highway debate

Erica Werner and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:50pm

Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival.

China stocks volatile after big fall, Hong Kong rises

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:41pm

China's stock market was volatile Tuesday after falling the most in eight years the day before while other markets also flitted between gains and losses.

Correction: Movie Theater Shooting-Gunman story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:10pm

In a stories published July 24, 25 and 26 about Louisiana movie theater gunman John Russell Houser, The Associated Press, relying on court filings his family's lawyer submitted to obtain a protective order against him in 2008, reported erroneously that Carroll County Probate Judge Betty Cason ordered him committed involuntarily to a hospital for mental health treatment. Cason says her order was limited to detaining Houser against his will if necessary and delivering him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Sky trade Sylvia Fowles to Lynx as part of 3-team deal

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:50pm

the Minnesota Lynx. The Chicago Sky finally were able to make it happen.

Britain's economy grows 0.7 percent in second quarter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:30am

Britain's economy picked up speed in the second quarter of 2015, when it expanded by 0.7 percent compared with the previous three-month period.

Another rating agency lowers investment grade of CPS bonds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:00am

Another bond rating service has lowered the Chicago Board of Education's investment grade rating to junk status.

Energy company BP slides to loss in 2nd quarter

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:11am

BP reported a second-quarter loss Tuesday after the London-based oil company set aside another $10.8 billion to cover the cost of the Deepwater Horizon accident.

Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal

Eileen NG, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:50am

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

Statoil Q2 profits hit by lower oil prices, higher costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:40am

Norwegian energy company Statoil says it was hit by lower oil prices, increased depreciation and higher drilling costs in the second quarter, causing net profit to fall 16 percent to 10.1 billion kroner ($1.2 billion).

Short-term highway extension may be way out for Congress

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:30am

House Republicans are weighing a three-month highway funding extension that could offer Congress a way out of an impasse days ahead of a crucial deadline.

Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:30am

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Malaysian PM axes deputy, sacks attorney general in purge of critics amid fund scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:20am

Malaysian PM axes deputy, sacks attorney general in purge of critics amid fund scandal.

Former letter carrier convicted of delivering marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 7:50pm

A former letter carrier has been convicted of delivering packages of marijuana from a post office to the home of a conspirator.

Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing

Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 7:20pm

The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.

Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:30pm

Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.

Correction: Movie Theater Shooting-Gunman story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:50pm

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — In a stories published July 24, 25 and 26 about Louisiana movie theater gunman John Russell Houser, The Associated Press, relying on court filings his family's lawyer submitted to obtain a protective order against him in 2008, reported erroneously that Carroll County Probate Judge Betty Cason ordered him committed involuntarily to a hospital for mental health treatment. Cason says her order was limited to detaining Houser against his will if necessary and delivering him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

US bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:20pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there.

US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:10pm

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a federal appeals court said Monday.