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Texas hands Blue Bell potential $850K fine over listeria

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:01pm

Texas has fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year that was linked to the death of three people, but the ice cream maker could wind up paying just a fraction of the $850,000 penalty.

Crews find wreckage of small medical plane; 2 confirmed dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:01pm

A medical transport plane with four people aboard crashed in a densely forested mountain range in Northern California early Friday after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

Air Force seeks new land-based and air-launched nukes

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:52pm

Advancing what could become a near-total rebuild of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, the Air Force on Friday solicited industry proposals to build a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles as well as replacements for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile force.

No criminal charges in probe of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:40pm

An investigation into former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal violations, authorities announced Friday.

Italian bank raises billions after poor show in stress tests

Colleen Barry and Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:21pm

Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena was by far the worst performer in a stress test of EU banks, which otherwise on Friday found the region's top lenders to be in relatively good shape. But the troubled bank sought to get ahead of the poor result with the announcement of a 5 billion euro ($5.6 billion) capital increase.

Woman in UN bribery scandal gets 20 months in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:21pm

A woman who bribed a top United Nations official to get support for business ventures has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Vegas water district purchasing agent indicted in fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

A former Las Vegas Valley Water District purchasing agent has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges that she bought and shipped more than $6.7 million worth of printer supplies to a New Jersey company.

Al Gore's daughter goes to court after gas pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

Former Democratic Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested during a natural gas pipeline protest in Boston have returned to court.

The Latest: Court hears church-state concerns over vouchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:51pm

The Latest on Nevada Supreme Court arguments about whether a broad program to allow public money to fund parents' choice to send children to private schools is constitutional (all times local):

State pact with Hershey Trust would limit member pay, terms

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:51pm

State regulators and a $12 billion trust established by the founder of chocolate maker Hershey to educate poor children have announced a deal to revamp the trust's board and change its operating rules following reports about its lavish spending.

The Latest: Senator seeks reconvening of Congress over Zika

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:41pm

The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

Rauner vetoes plan aimed at preventing elderly care cutbacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have prevented the state from limiting which elderly and disabled Illinoisans qualify for state-subsidized help.

AP Sources: Tesla looking at cameras, radar in Florida crash

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:21pm

Tesla engineers told members of a Senate committee they are looking into the role cameras and radar played in the fatal crash of a Model S using self-driving mode, according to two people familiar with a meeting held Thursday.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:21pm

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

US economy expected to pick up after weak growth in spring

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:20pm

A surprisingly lackluster economy last quarter served as a reminder of how choppy the pace of growth has been since the Great Recession ended seven years ago. Businesses pared their stockpiling and investment through the spring. But consumers — the heart of the U.S. economy — kept spending.

Cheaper oil sends Exxon, Chevron to worst quarter in years

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:20pm

Cheaper oil is leading to the lowest summer gasoline prices in years, and it is causing heartburn for oil companies and their shareholders.

Investigation into ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed company, 38 Studios, results in no criminal charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:10pm

Investigation into ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed company, 38 Studios, results in no criminal charges.

Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Ballot question campaigns bring in $1 million since June

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:31pm

About $1 million has been raised since June alone by supporters among the five Maine initiatives on the ballot this fall.