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Hastert wants victim's suit over unpaid hush money tossed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 4:41pm

An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by one of the former U.S. House speaker's sexual abuse victims who is seeking $1.8 million in outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned Illinois Republican, though the court didn't immediately rule on the request at a Monday hearing.

1st US system to keep drones away from wildfires kicks off

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:51pm

The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal authorities say.

British Columbia proposes real estate tax on foreign buyers

Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:41pm

Foreign nationals buying Vancouver real estate will pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 percent under legislation proposed by the British Columbia government.

New Texas women's health program has family planning focus

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:32pm

Texas unveiled Monday a revamped women's health program for low-income residents that includes a boost in family planning services that the conservative state will no longer let Planned Parenthood and other organizations affiliated with abortion providers offer.

Plastic bag producer accused of failing to report toxins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:11pm

An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste.

Georgia appeals court says 'upskirting' not against the law

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:11pm

A man admitted he surreptitiously took cellphone video up a woman's skirt while she shopped at a grocery store, but a Georgia court said he didn't break the law.

Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids' clothing

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:06pm

Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to dressing their kids.

Grain mostly lower higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:01pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Ex-banana importer gets prison for retirement fund theft

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:01pm

A former banana importer already serving a dozen years in prison for distributing drugs was sentenced on Monday to another seven years for stealing $750,000 from his employees' retirement fund.

Seeking wider digital audience, Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8B

Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:51pm

Seeking a wider digital audience, Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion in a deal that marks the end of an era for a company that defined much of the early internet but struggled to stay relevant in an online world dominated by Google and Facebook.

Teen smoking prevention progresses in Kansas City metro

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:41pm

Officials say a campaign to prevent teen smoking in Kansas City is progressing faster than expected.

Canada to ban rail cars involved in fiery crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:41pm

Canada's transport minister says the rail car model involved in a fiery crash that killed 47 people in Quebec three years ago will no longer be allowed to transport oil in Canada as of Nov. 1.

Grant creates alternative to jail for opioid offenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:30pm

Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing a $540,000 state grant to test an alternative to incarceration for those convicted of nonviolent crimes linked to heroin or opioid addiction.

Busy NYC subway tunnel to close for 18 months for repairs

Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:11pm

A subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy will be closed for 18 months starting January 2019 for repairs, shutting down one of the system's most crowded lines that connects Manhattan with vibrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn, officials said Monday.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end lower after 4 weeks of gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:10pm

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

Grain mostly lower higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Dollar higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 1:41pm

The U.S. dollar is higher against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Report: 'Brexit' move raises risks to US financial stability

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 1:11pm

Britain's decision to quit the European Union has elevated the risks to U.S. financial stability, though they remain moderate, U.S. Treasury Department experts say.

EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 12:30pm

Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions.