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Obama vows to move quickly to sign Puerto Rico bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01am

As Puerto Rico faces a major debt payment, President Barack Obama is vowing to move quickly to sign a last-minute rescue package for the financially-strapped U.S. territory and its 3.5 million Americans.

US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01am

U.S. officials say the Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details.

Hillary Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01am

A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at home of the Pritzker family in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall.

German regional official: cut EU spending after UK exit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:00am

A German regional official says the European Union should cut spending rather than compensate for Britain's EU budget contribution by making his country pay more.

Illinois lawmakers set to vote on stopgap spending deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:20am

Illinois lawmakers plan votes Thursday on a stopgap spending deal that would ensure schools open in August and would fund state services for the next six months, but it won't end the ideological divide that led to the yearlong budget standoff.

Talks continue as Atlantic City casino strike deadline nears

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:50pm

With Atlantic City's lucrative July 4th holiday weekend fast approaching, the struggling seaside gambling resort is trying to avoid a strike against five of its eight casinos.

Amazon 'Prime Day' sales gimmick is back this July

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:11pm

Amazon is renewing its "Prime Day" July sales gimmick as Wal-Mart also tries to go after online shoppers this summer.

Conn. police more likely to use stun guns on minorities

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:32pm

Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.

Appeal to delay $50M settlement to Northeast dairy farmers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:20pm

An appeal of a financial settlement to be paid by a national dairy marketing cooperative to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers could delay the payments for at least a year.

Cleveland police to wear body cameras during GOP convention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:20pm

Cleveland police officers will have body cameras affixed to their riot gear during the Republican National Convention this month.

Tanker hits 3 moored sailboats on Maine-New Hampshire border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard is working to determine why an oil tanker hit three moored sailboats in a river on the Maine-New Hampshire border.

North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism

Kevin Freking and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:50pm

President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" who feed on economic anxiety.

Delaware lawmakers approve $4 billion operating budget

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:31pm

Delaware lawmakers have given final approval to a $4 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday.

Illinois governor, lawmakers nearing budget deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:01pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the General Assembly are nearing agreement on a plan to keep government open past Thursday's end of the fiscal year and ensure schools open in August, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Lavish features cut from over-budget Denver VA hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:50pm

Imported Brazilian wood has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, eliminated to save money.

Foundation distributing children's workbooks in Detroit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:01pm

A foundation focused on health and education is distributing 45,000 new children's workbooks to 45 Detroit-area nonprofits to promote summer literacy.

Exxon Mobil wins a round in climate litigation

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:11pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. won an early round Wednesday in its fight against regulators over whether the oil giant covered up what it knew about climate change.

Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:10pm

Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

The Latest: Illinois lawmakers pressing toward budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:10pm

The Latest on Illinois negotiations on a stopgap spending plan during the budget standoff (all times local):