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EPA reviews $15 million settlement for Hawaii molasses spill

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:31pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a $15.4 million settlement between Hawaii and a shipping company that spilled 1,400 tons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor to see how it may affect the agency's investigation.

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:51pm

Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Anchor denies sham Porsche sale; congressman husband charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:01pm

A Philadelphia news anchor says authorities were wrong to cite the sale of her Porsche as evidence of wrongdoing in the indictment of her congressman husband.

Amgen hikes 2015 forecast after 2Q increase in profit, sales

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:53pm

Amgen Inc. shares jumped in extended trading after the maker of osteoporosis drug Prolia easily beat Wall Street's second-quarter profit expectations and hiked its 2015 financial forecast.

Spirit jet wheel ignites on landing in Dallas; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:51pm

No injuries were reported after a tire on a landing gear on a Spirit Airlines jet caught fire while landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Police try to keep protest involving Arctic-bound ship

Steven Dubois and Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:51pm

Authorities are trying to force protesters in kayaks from a river in Portland, Oregon, where the demonstrators are trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving dry dock and joining an Arctic oil drilling operation.

4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:41pm

Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:41pm

A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency. References to some earlier foundation donors mysteriously disappeared.

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:11pm

All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance.

Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.

Utah co-op health insurer lost $19.9 million in first year

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

A nonprofit Utah health insurer that received federal loans to get up and running lost nearly $20 million in its first year and is among co-ops around the country struggling with financial losses, according to a new audit.

Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug name mix-ups

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine.

California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday.

Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:41pm

A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:21pm

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Mexico ups dollar auction to $200 million to boost peso

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:11pm

Mexico's central bank said Thursday it will increase dollar auctions from $52 million to $200 million per day through the end of September to stabilize the badly weakened peso.

Judge mulls challenge to Arizona Medicaid plan hospital fee

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:01pm

A lawyer representing 36 Republican lawmakers told a judge Thursday that keeping a hospital assessment in effect to help fund the state's Medicaid expansion would gut a voter-approved law requiring a two-thirds vote for tax increases.

Hospital manager offers rebuttal to LSU mismanagement claims

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:01pm

The foundation that manages LSU's Shreveport and Monroe hospitals under a privatization deal says it has sought to bring in an outside mediator to work out disputes with LSU, but the university has rejected the effort.

Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it from Sept. 11 lawsuit

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:01pm

Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told a judge Thursday.