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Lawmakers say North Carolina budget agreement reached

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 8:00pm

Republicans in North Carolina's General Assembly have agreed on budget adjustments for the upcoming fiscal year containing sizeable average pay raises for all current teachers and across-the-board raises for state employees.

Hawaii gift store owner gets 6 months for wildlife smuggling

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 7:40pm

The owner of a Hawaii jewelry and gift retail business is going to federal prison for six months because of a wildlife trafficking scheme.

AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement

Tom Krisher and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 7:30pm

Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday.

Abortion ruling may not open door for new Texas clinics

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:41pm

Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also acknowledged a daunting reality: Women aren't soon likely to see new clinics replace the about 20 abortion facilities lost since 2013.

The Latest: Oakland council hearing over coal underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:30pm

The Latest on a plan to ship coal through Oakland (all times local):

Judge approves settlement in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:30pm

A judge has approved a settlement that will put "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain.

Lawsuit filed over Houston law school's name change

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:10pm

A Houston law school's name change has prompted a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement.

North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:50pm

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America's electrical power by 2025, White House officials said Monday.

The Latest: Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:10pm

The Latest on Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

Appeals court: Washington must fix salmon-blocking culverts

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:00pm

In a case that could have big implications for dams and other development in the Northwest, a federal appeals court panel said Monday that Native American tribes have a right not only to fish for salmon, but for there to be salmon to catch — a ruling that affirms the duty of the United States to protect the habitat of the prized fish under treaties dating back more than 150 years.

Governor signs bill aimed at keeping Kansas schools open

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday to increase aid to poor school districts, an action that meets a court mandate and ends a threat that the state's public schools might shut down.

Pennsylvania senator aims to repeal 2011 abortion clinic law

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday striking down restrictive abortion regulations in Texas prompted a Pennsylvania state senator to announce he will seek repeal of a 2011 law that imposed expensive facility and staff expansions on clinics that perform abortions in the state.

Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

A settlement Monday brought an abrupt end to a complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012.

Short-term budget fix for Illinois close, but not schools

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he's close to a compromise with Democratic lawmakers on a partial-year budget plan with just three days left in the fiscal year, but the gap between the two sides on a second measure to open public schools on time became apparent late in the day.

La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:41pm

Mississippi's abortion restrictions will likely be the first outside Texas to be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges, the leader of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

Ads attack Nevada Senate candidate Cortez Masto over Uber

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:40pm

A PAC is launching a $1.2 million ad blitz this week to criticize Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto for her role in ride-hailing service Uber's temporary shutdown in Nevada.

Days before deadline, Senate to consider Puerto Rico bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:40pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning of widespread consequences, from layoffs of police officers to a hospital closure, if the Senate fails to act before Friday on a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico.

NMSU to offer discounted tuition for Mexican students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:31pm

Mexican students will now be able to attend New Mexico State University at a discounted rate.

Egypt detains, deports prominent female TV host

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:30pm

Egyptian authorities on Monday detained and deported a famous TV host whose program had been critical of the government's policies, including its crackdown on freedom of speech, her lawyer and officials said.