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US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:55pm

U.S. stock indexes ticked higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on pace to close out the week with a modest gain, its fourth in the last five.

Trump admin set to OK surveillance drone sale to India

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:35pm

The Trump administration is set to authorize the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, a congressional aide and industry representative said Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

Court says Iowa lottery rigging investigation took too long

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:25pm

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide fixing scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16.5 million jackpot was tainted by unjustified delays in the investigation.

Honda denies covering up dangers of Takata air bags

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:16pm

Honda is going public as it tries to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the dangers of Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago, but covered it up.

Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly Grenfell Tower blaze

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:08pm

Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people.

Wyoming oil and gas officials to track failed businesspeople

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:08pm

People associated with multiple failed oil and gas projects or companies in Wyoming will now have to notify regulators if they try again.

Navy is disciplining 9 sailors for 94K gallon jet fuel spill

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:58am

The Navy is disciplining nine sailors for their roles in a 94,000-gallon fuel spill that killed nearby wildlife, prompted families to temporarily leave their homes and cost the service $3.8 million to date, an official said Friday.

Lawsuit seeking to save 15K trees from solar farm dismissed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:58am

A lawsuit seeking to block a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey from cutting down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for a solar farm to power the park has been dismissed.

Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water rationing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:50am

Italy's farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of prolonged heat and dry weather — and authorities are now rationing water and declaring a state of emergency in some areas.

Slain Venezuela protester a son of Maduro ex-supervisor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:48am

The latest youth to die during Venezuela's crackdown on anti-government protests has a unique connection to President Nicolas Maduro: His father once worked with the socialist leader.

Tallest building west of Mississippi River is opening in LA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:48am

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opens its doors on Friday, celebrating with lights and fanfare in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles that is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers.

Prosecutors seek 35-year term in deadly meningitis outbreak

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:40am

Prosecutors say the co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak should be sent to prison for 35 years for showing "an unconscionable disregard for the lives of the patients."

UN chief to lobby Congress Tuesday against UN financing cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Washington on Tuesday to press Congress not to accept the deep cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations proposed by the Trump administration, which he said "would create an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N."

McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:20am

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

APNewsBreak: Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:15am

A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives to land Foxconn

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

Gov. Rick Snyder urged the Republican-led Michigan House on Friday to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there is still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state despite the cancellation of a vote on the legislation.

The Latest: London rescue workers: 'We refuse to forget you'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

The Latest on London's public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local):

No job? Tips for teens to fill idle summer time

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:56am

With the number of teenagers working summer jobs in decline since the 1980s, students and their parents have found creative ways to fill summer months. Some still find traditional summer work, while others spend their summers doing a variety of activities and work that can help them pad their college applications.

Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meat

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:47am

Brazil's agriculture minister plans to travel to the United States to try to reverse the American ban of beef imports from Latin America's biggest country.

Sears closes another 20 stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:27am

Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.