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LA City Council oks plans for George Lucas museum

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:10pm

The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with light-sabre speed to clear the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art the "Star Wars" creator plans to build down the road from his alma mater.

Q&A: Nevada to launch latest legal vice for tourists: Pot

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:07pm

Sin City will launch its latest legal vice by week's end.

AP Explains: What is ransomware?

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

Computers around the world were locked up and users' files held for ransom in a cyberattack Tuesday that paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations.

Brazil's president says corruption charge is 'soap opera'

Mauricio Savarese and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

Brazil's president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a "soap opera plot" Tuesday and sought to cast doubt on the motivations of the country's top prosecutor a day after a scathing indictment was issued against the leader.

The Latest: McConnell says good progress made on health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:00pm

A subway train derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor, forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels and delivering another jolt to a transit system plagued by aging equipment and reliability problems.

Trump group's aggressive health care moves irritate GOP

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:00pm

Some Republicans are blaming an outside group supporting President Donald Trump for the unexpected delay Tuesday of a vote on a Senate health care proposal.

Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:00pm

Workers at a Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands tell The Associated Press of overtime that stretches past midnight, steep production quotas and crude verbal abuse. The low point, however, was when a manager hit a worker on the head with a high heel, drawing blood.

Watchdog clears park service in inauguration disputes

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:53pm

An internal watchdog has found no wrongdoing by the National Park Service in a dispute over crowd size at President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The Latest: State has little comment on abortion law suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:53pm

The Latest on lawsuit challenging Louisiana's abortion clinic licensing laws (all times local):

Man to face judge in killing of runner in Massachusetts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:53pm

A man accused of killing a Google employee who went out for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer will be arraigned on a murder charge next month.


EU hits Google with $2.7B fine for abusing weaker rivals

Michael Liedtke and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:47pm

European regulators fined Google a record 2.42 billion euros ($2.72 billion) for abusing its dominance of the online search market in a case that could be just the opening salvo in Europe's attempt to curb the company's clout on that continent.

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:46pm

The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Sprint, Darden Restaurants gain; T-Mobile, FactSet fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:45pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

For a week, Fallon retakes the lead from Colbert

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:35pm

Jimmy Fallon has topped Stephen Colbert in late-night ratings for the first time since Donald Trump has been president. But the NBC comic might want to keep the champagne on ice.

Universal presses bid to void music deal with Prince estate

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:24pm

Lawyers for Universal Music Group have renewed their request that a Minnesota judge cancel the company's music rights deal with Prince's estate, saying UMG will otherwise have to sue in litigation that could keep fans from hearing new music from Prince's vault for years.

Von Furstenberg, in her 'third act,' focuses on philanthropy

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:24pm

Designer Diane von Furstenberg's current favorite model is, not surprisingly, tall — more than 100 feet, actually. And though this model's 225 tons don't exactly fit into a DVF wrap dress, she does have some rather iconic accessories: a tablet and, most importantly, a torch.

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:20pm

President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing.

In New Mexico, Trump's monument review stirs passions

Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:17pm

Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.