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Affluent Kansas City suburbs at center of political backlash

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:41am

Small-government Republican conservatives face a political backlash in Kansas because of the state's budget problems and battles over education funding, and the epicenter is in sprawling Kansas City suburbs where residents have cherished public schools for decades.

Dunes pavilion work stoppage not expected to delay opening

Tom Coyne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:30am

Work to refurbish and privatize a pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park to bring restaurants, a rooftop bar and a banquet center along Lake Michigan is temporarily on hold until the state Department of Natural Resources gets permission from the National Park Service to move ahead.

Security suddenly boosted at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport

Stephanie Van Den Berg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:11am

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has suddenly boosted its security in a move authorities there have linked to the "national threat level," snarling traffic as military police check cars coming to drop passengers off.

John Hinckley's return to normalcy has been years in making

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:40am

Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago has progressively become more normal, with greater freedom outside a psychiatric hospital, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the record store where he whiles away so many hours.

Some 100 aircraft from 9 countries stage airshow in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 4:00am

Some 100 military and civilian airplanes and helicopters from nine countries have begun daring air exercises at an airshow in the Romanian capital.

Former SC State interim leader named Voorhees president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:10am

The man who led South Carolina State University through its financial troubles has been named the new president at Voorhees College.

China slams higher European steel tariffs as unjustified

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 2:40am

Beijing has criticized new European tariffs on Chinese steel as "unjustifiable" protectionism coming just weeks after commerce ministers from G-20 nations pledged to promote free trade.

Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

Jennifer Kay and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:50am

There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

Clinton roars against Trump as a hacking distraction arises

Lisa Lerer and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 8:51pm

Fresh off a spirited convention, Hillary Clinton told prospective voters Friday they face a "stark choice" in November and pressed ahead with the scalding rhetoric against her Republican rival that marked many of the speeches in Philadelphia. Another distraction arose, however, as her aides acknowledged that a hacking attack that exposed Democratic Party emails also reached into a computer system used by her own campaign.

Flight info screens at Vietnam's 2 major airports hacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:00pm

Screens displaying flight information and the public address system at Vietnam's two major airports were hacked with derogatory messages against Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial row against China in the South China Sea.

Vegas water district purchasing agent indicted in fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:10pm

A former Las Vegas Valley Water District purchasing agent has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges that she bought and shipped more than $6.7 million worth of printer supplies to a New Jersey company.

4 killed after small medical plane crashes in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:10pm

Four bodies were recovered from a medical transport plane that crashed early Friday in a densely forested mountain range in Northern California after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, authorities said.

The Latest: 4 bodies recovered in wreckage of medical plane

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:00pm

The Latest on a small medical transport plane that crashed in Northern California (all times local):

Woman in UN bribery scandal gets 20 months in prison

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:00pm

A tearful U.S. citizen who bribed a top United Nations official to get support for business ventures was sentenced to 20 months in prison Friday by a judge who said bribery schemes do "substantial damage" to the U.N.'s image.

Rauner signs law extending contraceptive insurance coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:51pm

Insurance companies in Illinois have to provide coverage for nearly all contraceptives under a plan signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Ballot question campaigns bring in $1 million since June

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:41pm

About $1 million has been raised since June alone by supporters among the five Maine initiatives on the ballot this fall.

Texas hands Blue Bell potential $850K fine over listeria

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:41pm

Texas fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year linked to the deaths of three people, but the ice cream maker could end up paying only a fraction of the $850,000 penalty under an agreement announced Friday.

No criminal charges in probe of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:40pm

An investigation into former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal charges, authorities announced Friday.

Air Force seeks new land-based and air-launched nukes

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:52pm

Advancing what could become a near-total rebuild of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, the Air Force on Friday solicited industry proposals to build a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles as well as replacements for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile force.