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Texas hot air balloon crash leaves no apparent survivors

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:21pm

A hot air balloon carrying 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, and it appeared no one survived, authorities said.

Tokyo votes for governor as it readies for 2020 Olympics

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:40pm

Japan's capital is voting Sunday for its leader after two predecessors resigned over money scandals as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, and hopes to lead the nation in an economic turnaround.

Reno city manager hits back at sexual harassment claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 5:00pm

Reno's city manager is denying allegations that he sexually harassed three women and wants the issue addressed publicly.

Contest offers $1,000 scholarships to help college savings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:41pm

Nebraska is giving away twelve $1,000 prizes to help people save for their kids' college educations.

FAA was warned of risk for high-fatality balloon crashes

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:51pm

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations.

Police: Woman fatally shot after pulling gun on officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:41pm

Police in central Alabama say officers fatally shot a robbery suspect who pulled a gun on them outside a gas station.

Puerto Rico towns to share services, cut costs amid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:10pm

Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill letting the island's 78 municipal governments share administrative services as a cost-saving measure amid a deep fiscal crisis.

Project gives view of history Arkansas ghost town hotel

Bill Bowden-Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:50am

A gravel road near the Buffalo River winds past a century-old, 200-foot-long stone wall.

Oklahoma student is places at national braille competition

Amber Friend, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:50am

The 2016 national Braille Challenge is not a quiet competition.

Oklahoma's most fun businessman celebrates 41 years

John Klein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:50am

Stan Clark has been Oklahoma's minister of fun for more than four decades.

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.