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US rig count up 10 this week to 431

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:51am

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 421.

Dickey's sues chemical company in 2014 toxic tea incident

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:41am

A Dickey's Barbecue restaurant in Utah that mistakenly served toxic iced tea to a woman two years ago is suing the manufacturer and distributor of a chemical product that an employee put in the tea mix thinking it was sugar.

University of Missouri settles health care fraud claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:31am

The University of Missouri has agreed to pay the federal government $2.2 million to settle a claim that their health care program physicians committed fraud.

Attackers take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:31am

A group of as many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, according to a restaurant staff member and local media reports.


Death sparks 'Autopilot' car probe; Man had speeding tickets

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:30am

A driver with a history of speeding who was so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

The Latest: Managers picking up from striking casino workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:02am

The Latest on Atlantic City's main casino workers union and its strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino (all times local):

The Latest: Tunisian town buries doctor killed in Istanbul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:00am

The Latest on the bomb and gun attack that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (all times local):

Strike at Taj Mahal casino raises questions about its future

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 11:00am

A strike against Atlantic City's most vulnerable casino on the biggest moneymaking weekend of the year raised fresh questions about the future of the Trump Taj Mahal.

Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:50am

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday.

Edwards allows front-loading of TOPS payments, doesn't veto

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:40am

Though he called it bad policy, Gov. John Bel Edwards upheld the front-loaded approach to the TOPS program that aims to give college students full tuition funding for the fall semester and only 42 percent financing for the spring.

Farragut Community School District has dissolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:30am

The Farragut Community School District has involuntarily dissolved.

The Latest: Nearly 15 people shot a day in Chicago in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:30am

The Latest on Chicago violence (all times local):

Election, voters near 'revolt' prompt Illinois budget deal

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:20am

After a year and a half of bickering and unbending demands, Illinois lawmakers were moved to compromise on a stopgap budget by a powerful force: a high-stakes November election and an already-disgusted voting public that one legislative leader described as on the verge of "revolt."

Markets Right Now: US edge higher in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:11am

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

Lawsuit: Maggots found on intensive care patient in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:01am

A family is suing a Florida hospital where staff reported finding maggots while examining a 76-year-old woman.

Thieves at large, with 20,000 pounds of cheese, in Wisconsin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 10:00am

It's a caper of grand proportion in a state that loves its cheddar.

The Latest: Speed tickets for man dead in driverless crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 9:51am

The Latest on the first reported death of a motorist using self-driving technology (all times local):

US auto sales expected to hit record in first 6 months

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 9:51am

U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they're still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.

Sunscreen doesn't work as well as it says: What to do?

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 9:49am

Something to consider as you head to the beach or pool over the July Fourth weekend: That sunscreen in your bag may not protect your skin as much as you think.