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Alaska sex ed bill taking effect without Walker's signature

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:31pm

Legislation restricting who can teach sex education in Alaska public schools is becoming law without Gov. Bill Walker's signature.

Microsoft making additional job cuts in phone business

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 6:30pm

Microsoft says it is cutting 2,850 jobs, about 2.5 percent of its workforce, as it further scales back its troubled smartphone business.

Vegas airport passenger count up 5.6 percent so far in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:41pm

Officials in Las Vegas are reporting another monthly increase in the number of people using McCarran International Airport in June, and say passenger traffic is up 5.6 percent for the first six months of 2016.

In school shooting case, judge to decide any records dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:41pm

Remington Arms and the families of some victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have agreed that any dispute over the release of company documents in a lawsuit brought by the families and a surviving teacher will be decided by a judge.

Board rejects Trump challenge to Vegas hotel union effort

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:11pm

Workers at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel scored a victory in their effort to unionize, although it could still be a long time before employees have a contract if managers choose to delay.

Union chief says American pushing pilots to speed up flights

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:01pm

The pilots' union president said Thursday that American Airlines is reducing its safety margin by "manipulating" flight plans with tactics that include faster speeds.

Fallin's special session proposal faces bipartisan criticism

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:51pm

Gov. Mary Fallin's suggestion that Oklahoma lawmakers return for a special session before November to consider ways to increase teacher salaries faced bipartisan criticism Thursday from legislators, state employees and even some teachers who called the idea short-sighted.

FAA safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:41pm

U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work, and sometimes must cancel inspections for lack of funds, according to a government watchdog.

Alphabet's 2Q earns soar despite rising 'moonshot' losses

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:21pm

Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue.

UN: Freedom of assembly in US threatened by inequality

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:11pm

A United Nations expert says the right of freedom of assembly in the United States is threatened by racial, social and economic inequality.

Atlantic City to receive state loan to stave off default

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:00pm

Atlantic City is about to get a long-awaited state loan to help it stave off default and possibly bankruptcy.

The Latest: Atlantic City OKs state loan to avoid default

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:50pm

The Latest on Atlantic City, New Jersey, getting a loan to help it though the end of the year and avoid default and possible bankruptcy (all times local):

Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global candy empire, dies at 84

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:40pm

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84.

Third murder trial strains budget of Idaho county

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:31pm

A third trial for a man charged with killing a Texas couple more than 30 years ago will cost $250,000 and strain Idaho County's budget, officials say.

Railroads might have to let rivals serve their customers

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

Freight railroads could be forced to allow competing railroads to serve some customers along their tracks if federal regulators approve a new rule.

Energy company EDF approves divisive UK nuclear power plant

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:12pm

French energy company EDF Thursday gave the green light to a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England that some consider too costly, including one board member who announced his resignation.

US to speed oil, gas permits amid sharp drop in applications

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:12pm

U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump.

Stillwater mayor films mammogram ad; learns she has cancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:01pm

The mayor of Stillwater has been diagnosed breast cancer after filming a public service announcement promoting a hospital's new 3-D mammography technology.

Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving part of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that would be the biggest-capacity pipeline yet carrying oil out of the state's oil patch.