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FAA warned of potential for many hot air balloon deaths

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:00pm

Accident investigators warned the Federal Aviation Administration two years ago of the potential for large numbers of hot air balloon deaths and recommended greater safety oversight of commercial operators. The FAA rejected those recommendations.

Wisconsin doubles down on dairy distinction with goat farms

Bryna Godar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:51am

Wisconsin has long been as one of the nation's leaders in cow dairies, farm after pastoral farm tucked into the state's rolling hills. It's earning another milk laurel in the face of increasing demand for goat cheese and milk: the most dairy goats in the U.S. That distinction will only stand to increase when two of the largest goat dairies in the world soon begin operating in northeast Wisconsin.

IMF delegation arrives in Egypt for bailout talks

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:50am

A delegation from the International Monetary Fund arrived in Egypt on Saturday, responding to a request for a multibillion dollar bailout for the country's flagging economy.

Clock ticking on pension amendment deadline for Democrats

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:01am

New Jersey Democrats have returned from the presidential convention facing a deadline to pass a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the state make quarterly pension payments.

Duke seeks return to political relevance on Trump coattails

Rebecca Santana and Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:00am

It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

New Mexico treatment program for teen addicts to close

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:50am

Lawmakers are trying to postpone the closure of New Mexico's only major treatment program for adolescent addicts.

Migrant summer school helps fill education gaps

Julie Wootton-News, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:40am

With paper cutters and tape, Jose Juarez and his middle school peers made marble mazes on a June afternoon. But once migrant summer school ended, 14-year-old Jose would labor in Hazelton bean fields again.

Insurer's demise forces Ohioans to find new coverage

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:40am

Thousands of Ohioans have been pushed to find new health insurance this summer as their financially troubled carrier winds down operations, an inconvenience that could come with a higher price tag.

US regulators: Still heavy risk in big bank loans

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:37am

Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.

For 8 summer nights, 2 starkly different visions of America

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:32am

For eight summer nights, there were two starkly different visions of America.

Nonprofit ensures seniors _ and their pets _ don't go hungry

Leslie Moses, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:31am

He thinks he'd be in a nursing home without it.

Beer sales at Iowa college football games discussed

William Petroski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:31am

A debate is brewing over expanding beer sales at Iowa college football games.

Chattanooga Filipino community to be celebrated at feast

Lynda Edwards, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:30am

The first wave of Chattanooga's Filipino immigrants were nursing students who came here back in the 1970s to attend school and fill America's urgent need for nurses at the time. Filipino nurses still come here to study but so do Filipino engineers, teachers and other professionals.

Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:41am

Years after he faded into obscurity, John Gilbert Winant is getting his due.

Affluent Kansas City suburbs at center of political backlash

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:41am

Small-government Republican conservatives face a political backlash in Kansas because of the state's budget problems and battles over education funding, and the epicenter is in sprawling Kansas City suburbs where residents have cherished public schools for decades.

Dunes pavilion work stoppage not expected to delay opening

Tom Coyne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:30am

Work to refurbish and privatize a pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park to bring restaurants, a rooftop bar and a banquet center along Lake Michigan is temporarily on hold until the state Department of Natural Resources gets permission from the National Park Service to move ahead.

Security suddenly boosted at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport

Stephanie Van Den Berg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:11am

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has suddenly boosted its security in a move authorities there have linked to the "national threat level," snarling traffic as military police check cars coming to drop passengers off.

John Hinckley's return to normalcy has been years in making

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:40am

Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago has progressively become more normal, with greater freedom outside a psychiatric hospital, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the record store where he whiles away so many hours.

Some 100 aircraft from 9 countries stage airshow in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:00am

Some 100 military and civilian airplanes and helicopters from nine countries have begun daring air exercises at an airshow in the Romanian capital.