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Stocks mostly lower in US after some weaker company results

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:11am

Stocks were slightly lower Thursday, following disappointing results from several big companies including Procter & Gamble, Whole Foods and Facebook. A positive report on U.S. economic growth did little to help the market.

California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:22am

The Coast Guard hopes lab tests will determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick floating about 1,000 yards off California's Santa Barbara County shoreline.

OPEC chief expects oil prices to stabilize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:11am

OPEC and Russia say they expect the global oil market to become more balanced and stable next year after the recent sharp drops.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:11am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote

Menelaos Hadjicostis and Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:30am

In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to the rescue deal.

US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:23am

The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:51am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:11am

All three defendants in a fatal Halloween-themed hayride crash in Maine have pleaded not guilty at their first court appearance.

Ex-NY Senate leader, son plead not guilty to latest charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:01am

A former New York state Senate leader and his son have pleaded not guilty to the latest charges against them in a corruption case.

Royal Bank of Scotland reports rise in 2nd quarter profits

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:22am

Second-quarter profit at taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland rose 27 percent, it announced Thursday, but warned the cost of past scandals may continue to weigh on earnings.

Media leaders debate future printing of LSU's Reveille

Elizabeth Crisp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:21am

LSU student media leaders are weighing proposals for potentially drastic changes to campus news offerings, including possibly cutting the print frequency of LSU's Daily Reveille student newspaper.

Fiat Chrysler raises outlook as Q2 profit jumps 70 percent

Colleen Barry and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:12am

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday raised its revenue forecast after strong sales in North American and a recovery in the European market boosted second-quarter profits by 70 percent.

Shell icebreaker retreats after showdown with protesters

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:02am

A Shell Oil icebreaker has retreated after a showdown with environmental activists dangling from Portland, Oregon's tallest bridge.

Cigna posts Street-topping earnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:51am

Cigna's second-quarter earnings rose nearly 3 percent, beating estimates as the health insurer predicted last week when it announced a plan to combine with bigger rival Anthem in a $48 billion deal.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:51am

Grain futures mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Hercules recalling 90,000 SUV tires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:00am

An Ohio company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash.

Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:31am

Activists on Thursday urged Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region's fragile ecosystems.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:30am

Nevada higher education officials faced with a tight deadline to launch a need-based scholarship are seeking more authority for staff to finalize program details. The Nevada Board of Regents meets today to decide whether to give Chancellor Dan Klaich some extra authority in crafting policies for the Silver State Opportunity Grant.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:10am

A Washington County woman has been infected with the mosquito-borne illness West Nile virus, marking the first confirmed human case in Idaho this year. KTVB-TV reports the woman, who is in her 60s, first noticed symptoms at the end of June. She did not require hospitalization and is still recovering from the illness. Mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in nine counties.

Belgian farmers protest prices paid for milk, other produce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:40am

Belgian farmers are blocking roads and entrances to grocery store distribution centers to protest what they say are unfairly low prices for milk, pork and other products.