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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.

Items fetch high prices at Four Seasons restaurant auction

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

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.

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.

Tesla opens Gigafactory to expand battery production, sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:02pm

It's Tesla Motors' biggest bet yet: A massive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world's production of lithium-ion batteries.

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:02pm

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.

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.

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

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:41pm

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

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.

Markets Right Now: US stocks struggle to a mixed finish

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:21pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Court strikes down Missouri law cutting jobless benefits

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:20pm

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.

Pregnant woman killed, baby survives crash with train

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:11pm

Police say a pregnant woman has died after a crash with a commuter train, but her infant survived.

Grain mostly lower higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:01pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

White House drug official visits Rhode Island prison program

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:00pm

A new Rhode Island prison program that provides medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is getting attention from the Obama administration's top drug control official.

US cuts off student financial aid to 3 Medtech college sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 2:00pm

The U.S. Department of Education will cut off federal student financial aid to three Medtech College campuses in the Washington area.

UN agency: Economy still sliding in Latin America, Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 1:52pm

Plummeting economies in Venezuela and Brazil are expected to drag Latin America into negative growth again this year, the U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported Tuesday.

McDonald's sales disappoint in US despite all-day breakfast

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 1:50pm

McDonald's is again looking for ways to win back customers, less than a year after launching a widely touted all-day breakfast menu that makes Egg McMuffins available around the clock.