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Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:41am

A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

Sunscreen doesn't work as well as it says: What to do?

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:10am

Something to consider as you head to the beach or pool over the July Fourth weekend: That sunscreen in your bag may not protect your skin as much as you think.

Tesla crash could hurt sentiment on driverless cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:10am

The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension about driverless cars.

Election, voters near 'revolt' prompt Illinois budget deal

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 1:00am

After a year and a half of bickering and unbending demands, Illinois lawmakers were moved to compromise on a stopgap budget by a powerful force: a high-stakes November election and an already-disgusted voting public that one legislative leader described as on the verge of "revolt."

Handful of Kansas schools could see swings in taxes

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:30am

A handful of small, rural Kansas school districts face spikes in local property taxes or spending cuts because they're losing state aid under a new education funding law.

Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:30am

Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

Renown Health pays $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud suit

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:00am

The operator of the largest hospital and health care network in northern Nevada has agreed to pay the Justice Department $9.5 million to settle allegations of patient-overcharges and Medicare fraud, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced Thursday.

US energy secretary sees oil market coming into balance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:30pm

The U.S. energy secretary said Friday he sees the global oil market coming into balance over the next year as rising demand catches up with a two-year-old supply glut that depressed prices.

APNewsBreak: Union to strike against Trump Taj Mahal casino

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:23pm

Still seething from the cancellation of its members' health insurance and pension benefits nearly two years ago, Atlantic City's main casino workers union said early Friday it will go on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Plan for new jobs under Start-Up NY stalls in upstate county

George M. Walsh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:50pm

A long-vacant textile mill in a rural upstate New York county was just the kind of place targeted for job growth as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature Start-Up NY economic development program.

China factory activity slips again as slowdown weighs

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:41pm

Chinese manufacturing deteriorated again last month, according to surveys released Friday, underscoring how a weak global outlook is challenging Beijing's efforts to revive growth in the world's No. 2 economy.

Vietnam finds Taiwanese company responsible for fish deaths

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:20pm

Vietnam's government found a Taiwanese-owned steel plant responsible for massive fish deaths along the central coast and said that the company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation.

Atlantic City casino workers union says it will go on strike Friday morning against the Trump Taj Mahal casino, having been unab

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:20pm

Atlantic City casino workers union says it will go on strike Friday morning against the Trump Taj Mahal casino, having been unable to reach a new contract with it. .

School choice, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:11pm

Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year's session three months ago, and 161 of them take effect on Friday with the start of the state's fiscal year, affecting school choice, rape kit testing, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State.

AP sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones

Deb Riechmann and Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:30pm

President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report.

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:30pm

The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

Illinois lawmakers, governor OK stopgap spending deal

Ivan Moreno and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:11pm

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.

Emanuel says Chicago schools will open on time this fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the partial budget passed by the Illinois Legislature will relieve financial pressures on the city's public schools and will allow them to open in the fall.

Australia could soon elect 5th prime minister in 3 years

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign.

The Latest: Rauner signs stopgap budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' attempts to approve a stopgap state budget and money for schools (all times local):