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APNewsBreak: Texas AG's $100K gift came despite agency rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:21am

Documents show the $100,000 donation that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted from the head of a company his office was investigating came despite internal agency rules that prohibit such gifts.

Investment banker blames father at NY insider trading trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:11am

The lawyer for an investment banker on trial for insider trading has blamed the man's father for betraying his son by making illegal trades that made over $1 million.

Eni, former CEO indicted in Algeria bribery case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:01am

An Italian judge has indicted the Eni oil company, former CEO Paolo Scaroni and eight others on a charge of bribing an Algerian official to win an 8 billion euro ($8.8 billion) contract.

UN chief concerned at Turkey's restrictions on human rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:01am

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing concern at the Turkish government's restrictions on individual rights under the state of emergency imposed after a failed July 15 coup and "worrying reports" of mistreatment of some military detainees.

Time is money: Delays in teacher appeals costing taxpayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:01am

Delays in hearing teacher appeals by the Charleston County School Board are costing taxpayers in South Carolina's second-largest school district hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hospital network paying $25M to settle overbilling claims

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:01am

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has paid $25 million to settle some claims in a federal whistleblower lawsuit accusing the hospital network of overbilling government insurance programs for neurosurgery.

Branson: Parents should join kids who insist on smoking pot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:51am

British billionaire Richard Branson says if kids are going to smoke marijuana, their parents should join them.

Chamber-backed group attacks Kansas moderates

Bryan Lowry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:51am

A group making questionable claims about legislative candidates was funded by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee, according to campaign finance reports.

Gas company deploys crews restore service after Vegas fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:41am

A gas company official says crews are deploying door-to-door in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood to restore service cut off to quell a fire sparked by a backhoe operator digging in the street.

Comey: Conversations about encryption issue still needed

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:21am

FBI Director James Comey says government and the tech industry need to sort out their differences over encryption before "something terrible happens" that would make productive conversations impossible.

Should you tip the Uber driver? Here's what to give them

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:21am

On-demand apps make life easier: A few taps on my phone and I can get a cab in minutes or groceries delivered to my door.

Markets Right Now: US stocks mostly lower at midday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:11am

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

9/11 worker pleads for medical coverage with billboards

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:11am

A New Jersey man who spent three weeks looking for survivors in the days after the 9/11 attacks is using billboards in a push to have his kidney disease added to the list of covered conditions by a fund to help Ground Zero workers with health problems.

Name and Shame? Obama points to Russia on DNC email hacking

Eric Tucker and Jack Gillum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:11am

President Barack Obama's decision to identify Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing politically embarrassing emails fits his administration's new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins.

Comcast profit slips due to fewer box-office hits

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:00am

Comcast's second-quarter profit slipped because of fewer movie hits from its NBCUniversal film-and-TV arm, but it posted big gains in internet customers and its smallest video losses for a second quarter in at least a decade.

Atlantic flights disrupted by Iceland air traffic glitch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:50am

Iceland's airport authority says the country briefly closed its airspace to flights because of a technical problem at its air traffic control center.

Nigerian publishers demand release of detained colleague

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:41am

Newspaper publishers are demanding that Nigeria's secret service release a colleague detained on accusations that he is an oil militant.

Fashion's Gaultier to design capsule collection for OVS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:41am

Italian retailer OVS has announced that designer Jean Paul Gaultier will do a capsule collection that will be in stores in November.

Iowa Board of Regents wants about $3.6M for central office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:21am

The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a budget that calls for taking more than $3.6 million from the state's three public universities to cover the shortfall in expenses for the board's central office.