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The Latest: Trudeau pokes fun at Obama's retirement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:30pm

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):

Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:21pm

Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans.

Delaware lawmakers scrounging for capital budget funding

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

Delaware lawmakers are combing through state accounts to scrounge up enough money for a capital budget for the fiscal year starting Friday.

Egypt parliament passes budget aiming for 5.2 percent growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

Egypt's parliament approved a draft budget on Wednesday projecting 5.2 percent growth for the coming year and a slightly lower deficit, despite a lingering economic crisis and a downturn in the vital tourism sector.

EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain

Raf Casert and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:41pm

European Union leaders drew a stark line along the British Channel on Wednesday, telling the U.K. that it cannot keep valuable business links with its former continental partners in a seamless single EU market, if it doesn't also accept European workers.

Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

New laws starting July 1 address mopeds, gas tax, autism

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:31pm

Several changes covering two- and four-wheeled motor vehicles are about to take effect. They're among about a dozen laws approved that North Carolina legislators agreed should be implemented with the start of state government's new year.

Michigan governor signs budget with $165M more for Flint

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:21pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $38.6 billion budget bill Wednesday that will more than triple state spending on the water emergency in Flint.

The Latest: Alaska governor limits oil checks to $1,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:20pm

The Latest on the Alaska governor's decision for funding yearly oil checks given to residents (all times local):

FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:17pm

Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

University of Connecticut revokes Cosby's honorary degree

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:12pm

The University of Connecticut on Wednesday revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, saying he engaged in conduct "incongruent" with the university's values.

The Latest: Lawyers crowfunding for UK legal action

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:11pm

The Latest on British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

Elevated park opens at WTC site, overlooks 9/11 memorial

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:03pm

An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday, built atop a security center that screens vehicles and overlooking the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism

Rob Gillies and Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:01pm

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit Wednesday intended to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising extremist threats around the globe and isolationist calls in the American presidential campaign.

Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart tries to move in

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:51am

Wal-Mart is trying to get a jump on Amazon's second annual sales bonanza.

Army: Dog alerted potential explosives, vehicle cleared

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:51am

Army officials say a dog checking a truck at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland alerted for potential explosives, sparking a three-hour closure of one of the installation's gates.

5 workers hurt in explosion at Georgia aluminum plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:41am

An explosion at an aluminum plant injured five workers and rocked buildings up to a mile away in a city about 35 miles southwest of Atlanta on Wednesday, authorities said.

Illinois governor, leaders negotiating stopgap budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:32am

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Illinois Legislature continued meetings Wednesday to negotiate a short-term budget deal during the state's epic one-year stalemate.

Court-ordered response to education efforts includes 4 laws

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:31am

The Legislature's court-ordered report on fixing South Carolina's education system points to budget increases and four new laws passed this year, including one asking college students what would entice them to teach in poor districts.