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FAA safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

A government watchdog says U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work.

Energy company EDF approves divisive UK nuclear power plant

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:12pm

French energy company EDF Thursday gave the green light to a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England that some consider too costly, including one board member who announced his resignation.

US to speed oil, gas permits amid sharp drop in applications

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:12pm

U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump.

Stillwater mayor films mammogram ad; learns she has cancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:01pm

The mayor of Stillwater has been diagnosed breast cancer after filming a public service announcement promoting a hospital's new 3-D mammography technology.

Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global candy empire, dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:01pm

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84.

Alphabet's 2Q earns soar despite rising 'moonshot' losses

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:52pm

Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue.

Rifle maker wants documents sealed in school shooting suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:51pm

A Connecticut judge has asked lawyers for Remington Arms and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims to meet privately to resolve disagreements over whether some company documents sought by the families should be sealed from public view.

Atlantic City to receive state loan to stave off default

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:51pm

Atlantic City is about to get a long-awaited state loan to help it stave off default and possibly bankruptcy.

Fallin's special session proposal faces bipartisan criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

Gov. Mary Fallin's suggestion that lawmakers return for a special session to consider ways to increase teacher salaries is facing bipartisan criticism from legislators and even some teachers who call the idea short-sighted.

Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving part of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that would be the biggest-capacity pipeline yet carrying oil out of the state's oil patch.

Long-term care programs available statewide by 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

Wisconsin's top health officials says the state's long-term care programs for the elderly and disabled will be available statewide by early 2018.

Vegas airport passenger count up 5.6 percent so far in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

Officials in Las Vegas are reporting another monthly increase in the number of people using McCarran International Airport in June, and say passenger traffic is up 5.6 percent for the first six months of 2016.

Dream of 3-D mural honoring American workers nearer reality

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

A Connecticut artist's dream to honor American workers with a 5-stories-high mural that ties in contributions from thousands of children across the country is moving closer to reality.

Ford surprises with lower 2Q profit on trouble in US, China

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

Ford Motor Co.'s shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings and warned that things could get worse in the second half of the year.

The Latest: Troubled Nevada sports book operator fined again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

The Latest on a Nevada sports book operator accused of underpaying winning bets (all times local):

Board rejects Trump challenge to Vegas hotel union effort

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:21pm

Workers at Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel have scored a victory in their effort to unionize.

British PM: Immigration control must be part of EU-UK deal

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:13pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May made brief stops in two eastern members of the European Union on Thursday, stressing that her government seeks to remain engaged with them — and even intensify ties — despite its plans to leave the bloc.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:12pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Art to be removed from now shuttered Old State House

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:01pm

State officials plan to remove tens of millions of dollars' worth of art work and artifacts from Connecticut's Old State House, which has been closed to the public amid the state's budget problems.