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Hershey says its board has unanimously rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez and that it provided "no basis for fur

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:31pm

Hershey says its board has unanimously rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez and that it provided "no basis for further discussion."

The Latest: UK govt puts off London airport runway decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:22pm

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

State regents approve tuition increases for Oklahoma schools

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:11pm

The cost of attending one of Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities will go up by an average of 8.4 percent, the state regents voted Thursday.

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:11pm

The Pentagon announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

Rad return: Crystal Pepsi coming back to shelves for summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

PepsiCo is bringing back the 1990s this summer with an eight-week release of Crystal Pepsi, one of the iconic beverages of that decade.

Cinemark attorneys want victims to pay $700K in legal fees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Attorneys for Cinemark want victims of a 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater to pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after they unsuccessfully sued the theater chain.

Illinois lawmakers begin voting on stopgap spending deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Illinois lawmakers began voting Thursday on a stopgap spending deal that would ensure schools open in August and fund state services for the next six months, but it wouldn't end the ideological divide that led to the yearlong budget standoff.

Lawmakers authorize new financial fraud investigator jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:01pm

Nevada lawmakers are releasing some money the state got in a national mortgage settlement to ramp up a financial fraud investigation unit in the attorney general's office.

Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:00pm

Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?

Connecticut cops more likely to use stun guns on minorities

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:32am

Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.

New Mississippi laws cover education, abortion, other issues

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:31am

Mississippi begins a new budget year Friday with a tight $6.4 billion spending plan that cuts money for many state services, including mental health.

Abortion restrictions, school choice law set to take effect

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

A slew of new laws that were passed during the 2016 legislative session go into effect Friday, including tighter restrictions on abortions and allowing beer and wine sales at universities. Here's a look at some of the new laws going into effect:

The Latest: Illinois House approves 1st parts of budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

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

CVS to pay $3.5M over allegations of forged prescriptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that dozens of its Massachusetts pharmacies violated federal law by filling forged prescriptions for addictive painkillers and other controlled substances.

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

Iconic Nashville soda shop hosts new USPS stamps launch

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.

Istanbul airport attack victims mourned, honored, praised

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:11am

An adoring father of his four "princesses." A weeping bride-to-be, bent over her fiancee's coffin. Two women looking forward to a few days' vacation with their husbands and their infant children. Victims of Tuesday night's attack at Istanbul's main airport have left behind mourning friends and relatives who are now struggling to deal with their loss. Here are some of their stories:

Putin issues decree to lift ban on tourism to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01am

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree lifting restrictions on tourism to Turkey following its' apology for downing a Russian warplane last year.

Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01am

State officials say Nevada gambling revenue was down nearly 5 percent in May after a sharp drop in winnings on the Las Vegas Strip.