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Ex-CEO of South Texas power project gets 2 years for fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

An ex-leader of a failed project to build a South Texas power plant must serve two years in prison after prosecutors say he embezzled $1.5 million from the company.

Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives to land Foxconn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:37am

Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Michigan House to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there's still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state.

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Julie Carr Smyth and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:30am

Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years.

APNewsBreak: Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:27am

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.

Sri Lankan doctors strike to demand university's closure

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:24am

State hospitals in Sri Lanka were paralyzed Friday as doctors went on strike to demand that a private medical university be shut down, saying it could jeopardize health care standards in the island nation.

China: Political solution in Syria speeds refugees' return

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:15am

China's Foreign Minister called for a political solution to end Syria's six-year crisis on Friday, saying that once the country's security conditions begin to improve refugees will start returning to their country.

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus

Lorne Cook and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:14am

European Union leaders pledged Friday to boost their support for conflict-ravaged Libya as the number of people fleeing Africa on crowded, unsafe boats for better lives in Europe continues to rise.

Analysis: Health bill test of McConnell's leadership skills

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:14am

Pass or fail, there will be one man singularly responsible for the fate of health care legislation in the Senate: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Sears closes another 20 stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:07am

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

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:00am

U.S. stock indexes inched higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index flipped between modest gains and losses and is on track to end the week roughly where it started.

Britain, EU clash over Brexit proposals on citizens' rights

Raf Casert and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:56am

The European Union and Britain on Friday tripped over the first item in their Brexit talks — protecting the rights of each other's citizens — highlighting the potential for trouble ahead in their marathon negotiations.

Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:56am

The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents, the city attorney said Friday.

New homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in May

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:45am

Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West.

Founder of Russian messaging app defies official ultimatum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:38am

The founder of a Russian encrypted messaging app is defying the government's request to provide information about his company.

The Latest: Central Europe leaders meet with France's Macron

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:30am

The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:22am

Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

New home sales rebound 2.9 percent in May, led by gains in the South and West

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:02am

New home sales rebound 2.9 percent in May, led by gains in the South and West.

Handling diamonds every day in Namibia a 'no-mistake job'

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:34am

Dina Muhimba handles hundreds of diamonds every day in what she describes as a "no-mistake job."

GOP's challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:12am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.