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Dire scenarios for Illinois in second year without budget

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:20pm

If Illinois enters a second year without a budget this week, cash will stop flowing to local 911 centers, preventive health screenings and tuition grants for low-income college students — and the situation will only get direr from there.

The Latest: Emanuel blasts Rauner over school funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:20pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' fight over a stopgap budget and school funding plan for the new fiscal year that begins Friday (all times local):

San Francisco media plan week of coverage on homeless crisis

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:20pm

More than 70 media organizations in San Francisco plan to saturate online, TV and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city's homeless.

Volkswagen settles emissions-cheating cases for up to $15.3B

Michael Biesecker, Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:01pm

Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:01pm

Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

Football feasibility study for Wichita State released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:00pm

Wichita State University has released a feasibility study for reviving the school's football program, detailing startup costs of more than 40 million and annual football budgets that start around $6 million.

Medicare weighs changes to controversial plan on cancer meds

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:52am

Trying to salvage a controversial experiment to confront rising drug costs, the Obama administration Tuesday hinted at modifications to an ambitious plan that would revamp Medicare payments.

Google offers new way for users to manage ads, personal data

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:51am

Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.

Sparks firms pay $12K to settle EPA pesticide fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:41am

Two northern Nevada-based companies have agreed to pay federal environmental regulators a $12,000 penalty to settle a dispute over the improper sale of pesticides.

The Latest: 1 injured, 3 missing in Texas train wreckage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:30am

The Latest on the freight train crash in West Texas (all times local):

FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:30am

Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.

Nestle taps new CEO with health care industry background

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:20am

Nestle has selected health care executive Ulf Mark Schneider as its new CEO, the first chief executive brought in from outside the company since 1922 as the food and drinks giant seeks to evolve into a nutrition, health and wellness business.

French workers protest in Paris; Senate passes labor reforms

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:20am

Thousands of protesters marched Tuesday in Paris as France's Senate approved a hotly debated government bill reforming labor laws. The march was mostly peaceful but police used tear gas to counter some demonstrators throwing projectiles.

Consumer group releases annual list of dangerous summer toys

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:01am

Toy guns, kiddie pools, hoverboards and backyard trampolines are among the playthings that made a consumer watchdog's annual list of hazardous summer toys.

Starwood begins managing hotel run by military in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 10:51am

American hotel giant Starwood has begun managing a hotel owned by the Cuban military, opening one of the biggest holes yet in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared detente in Dec. 2014.

Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 kids killed

Paul Holston, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 10:51am

Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

In rain-soaked West Virginia, flood victim planning funerals

John Raby and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 10:43am

Like other business operators along Main Street in the West Virginia town of Rainelle, Pamela Wallace Arnold is slowly cleaning up from state's worst flooding in decades. As a funeral planner, she's also helping to bury the dead.

Pulse had twice exits needed; 1 inoperable weeks before

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 10:21am

One of the exits at the Pulse nightclub was inoperable weeks before the massacre of 49 patrons by a gunman on June 12, but the gay nightclub had twice the number of exits needed to accommodate its maximum occupancy of 300 patrons, according to emails and texts released Tuesday by the Orlando Fire Department.

Rauner pushes new stopgap budget, rips Democrats' plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 10:21am

Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a stopgap budget to fund schools, universities and other state services amid an ongoing fight with Democrats who run the Legislature.