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French official visits Mississippi to back union at Nissan

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:50pm

A French parliamentarian is visiting Mississippi as part of an effort to pressure Nissan Motor Co. to allow workers at its Canton plant to organize a union.

No injuries or damage after natural gas fire in Las Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:31pm

Police and fire officials reported no injuries and no homes damaged after a fire fueled by escaping natural gas from a damaged underground conduit in a northwest Las Vegas residential neighborhood.

Bill Clinton prepares for most personal convention speech

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:21pm

When Bill Clinton takes the stage Tuesday night for his 10th address to a Democratic convention, the ex-president, husband and party standard-bearer will step into a singular role in American history: potential first gentleman.

Items fetch high prices at Four Seasons restaurant auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:21pm

The interior of a restaurant that for 57 years hosted power lunches for a must see crowd of business executives and celebrities including Henry Kissinger and Tom Wolfe was auctioned off Tuesday.

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:20pm

Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its sometimes-befuddling messaging service.

Dakota Access pipeline gets federal permit approvals in Iowa

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:12pm

The Texas company planning a crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa received the final federal permit approvals Tuesday needed to proceed with construction.

Legislator: Pfizer can't complain about execution drug

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:00pm

The legislator who drafted the law that keeps most of Arkansas' lethal injection policy a secret says pharmaceutical companies have no standing to complain that prison officials will use their drugs in executions.

Court strikes down Missouri law cutting jobless benefits

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:51pm

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a law Tuesday that had cut the duration of the state's unemployment benefits to one of the shortest periods nationally, meaning thousands of residents could get a longer financial lifeline as they look for work.

Guyana to deport 14 Venezuelans who crossed border for food

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:51pm

Officials in Guyana say a group of Venezuelans who apparently crossed the border to flee the economic crisis in their country will be sent back home.

S&P drops Kansas credit rating, citing ongoing budget issues

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:41pm

A major rating agency on Tuesday downgraded Kansas' credit rating for the second time in two years because of the state's budget problems.

Fiat Chrysler revises sales, shows streak ended in 2013

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:41pm

Fiat Chrysler has revised more than five years of U.S. sales figures and says a much-touted streak of 75 months of gains should have ended in 2013.

New Mexico lawmaker eyes 'right to die' bill amid court loss

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:21pm

A New Mexico state lawmaker is pushing for a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors a month after advocates for the practice suffered a court defeat.

Chinese tech firm LeEco agrees to buy Vizio TV maker for $2B

Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:21pm

Chinese video streaming company LeEco is breaking into the U.S. TV market by buying Vizio, a manufacturer of budget-priced sets. The combination promises a marriage of hardware and content as tightly linked as your smartphone is to your monthly voice and data plan.

Feds: Senate cafeteria workers will get $1 million back pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:21pm

Hundreds of cafeteria workers who help feed senators and others in the Capitol and nearby office buildings will get back pay totaling more than $1 million because their private employers illegally underpaid them, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents

Jamie Stengle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:11pm

The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead for vigilance and warn parents that it can happen to anyone.

Petitioners seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:11pm

Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which "fracking" chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.

IMF reaches staff-level accord with Moldova for $179M loan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:51pm

The International Monetary Fund reached an agreement Tuesday with Moldova for a $179 million, 3-year loan arrangement conditional on the government carrying out reforms.

'No-kill' sanctuary cares for animals in Blount County

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:51pm

Barks break the morning quiet at 2nd Chance Animal Sanctuary as owner Sandra Shaffer steers her golf cart past a line of dog kennels up the hill from her house.

Complaint: Wisconsin transgender researcher denied coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:31pm

A transgender researcher has filed a complaint against the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin and an insurance company for denying her coverage of gender confirmation surgery.