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US consumer spending posts healthy gain in May

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:21am

Americans went shopping this spring, increasing their spending in May for the second straight month and delivering good news for economic growth.

Pending US home sales slumped in May amid supply shortage

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:21am

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in May, with the year-over year pace of pending sales sliding for the first time in nearly two years.

Wreckage from Texas train collision continues to smolder

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:20am

Wreckage from a train collision continued to smolder Wednesday in the Texas Panhandle as workers prepared to remove the charred, twisted box cars from the tracks and renew their search for three missing crew members.

GE Capital wins approval to drop 'too big to fail' label

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:10am

GE Capital is no longer "too big to fail."

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EU to Britain: No access to single market without migration

Angela Charlton and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:01am

European Union leaders spelled out stark conditions for a new relationship with a departing Britain on Wednesday, warning that if British business wants to keep access to Europe's single market, the country must accept European workers, too.

Doctors seek to open lab to test medical cannabis

Meredith Cohn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:00am

A group of local doctors plans to open a medical marijuana testing facility in Columbia to ensure product quality as the state prepares to launch its burgeoning therapeutic cannabis industry.

Qatar's RasGas reaches gas supply deal with France's EDF

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:00am

Qatari liquefied natural gas producer RasGas has reached a deal to supply France's EDF with up to 2 million tons of the fuel annually.

FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:00am

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.

The Latest: Polish statesman says Putin cheered British vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:51am

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

Governor to call on private group to help mental hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:50am

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he'll bring in a quality assurance officer from the private group he previously directed to monitor South Dakota's state-run mental health hospital in Yankton.

Boston mayor concerned that 2nd top staff member is charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:40am

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's deeply concerned about allegations that another top-level member of his staff is facing charges he extorted a music festival production company.

Markets Right Now: US stocks open broadly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:40am

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

Nebraska plan for dementia, Alzheimer's care released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:30am

A Nebraska care plan for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease has been released.

North American leaders confront rising tide of protectionism

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:30am

North America's leaders, at their summit in the Canadian capital, are confronting a rising tide of economic protectionism and nationalism.

EU executive extends approval for glyphosate weed killer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:20am

The European Union's executive Commission has given the go-ahead for the popular weed killer glyphosate to be used for up to 18 months longer amid concerns about its possible links to cancer.

Notre Dame plans to use South Bend dam for electricity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:20am

The University of Notre Dame is working on plans to generate electricity for the campus from a downtown South Bend dam.

After Fire flop, Amazon returns with special edition phones

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:20am

Amazon is back in the phone business — sort of.

Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:02am

Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords.

Israel: Dug by Jews, tunnel from Nazi era found in Lithuania

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:02am

In a Lithuanian forest, an international research team has pinpointed the location of a legendary tunnel that Jewish prisoners secretly dug out with spoons to try to escape their Nazi captors during World War II, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Toyota announces recalls for defective air bags, canisters

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:50am

Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags and another 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions controls.