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US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:40am

The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.

Union reaches deal with 3 of 5 Atlantic City casinos

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:40am

Atlantic City's main casino workers union has reached agreement on a new contract with three of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.

Details of some of the Istanbul airport attack victims

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:20am

An adoring father of his four "princesses." A young man working to support his sisters' education. Two women looking forward to a few days' vacation with their husbands and their infant children. Victims of Tuesday's terror assault at Istanbul's main airport have left behind mourning friends and relatives struggling to deal with their loss. Here are some of their stories:

Aluminum plant to resume some operations after explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:20am

Executives at a Georgia aluminum plant said they planned to resume some operations Thursday, one day after an explosion injured five workers.

Cause of April train derailment in Louisiana determined

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:51am

A document filed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway company with the Federal Railroad Administration says a broken brake beam on one rail car caused six cars to derail in southern Louisiana in April.

Lions Gate to buy cable channel Starz in $4.4 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50am

Film and TV studio Lions Gate says it is buying cable channel Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion.

Claims for unemployment aid rise but remain at low level

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:42am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the level of jobless claims remains low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security.

IMF takes a cool tone with Portugal's anti-austerity gov't

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:41am

The International Monetary Fund isn't very impressed by Portugal's new anti-austerity government.

More Americans apply for unemployment benefits, but claims remain at low level

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:41am

More Americans apply for unemployment benefits, but claims remain at low level.

Samsung sells Galaxy S7 phones that aren't tied to carrier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:40am

Samsung will sell unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones in the U.S. so consumers can switch carriers more easily.

EU opens probe of global beer giant AB InBev

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:40am

The European Union opened an investigation Thursday into global beer giant AB InBev to determine if it has abused its dominant position in Belgium by hindering cheaper imports of its products from neighboring countries.

Malaysia Airlines appoints Bellew as its new CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:31am

Malaysia Airlines' chief operating officer has been named its new CEO, state investment agency Khazanah Nasional said Thursday.

Planned WTC arts complex gets $75M from Ronald Pearlman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:20am

A planned performing arts center for the World Trade Center site has received a $75 million donation from billionaire businessman Ronald Perelman.

Lufthansa, cabin crew union settle dispute in arbitration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:20am

A union representing Lufthansa's cabin crew says arbitration proceedings in a long and bitter labor dispute with the German airline have reached a successful conclusion.

Conn. police more likely to use stun guns on minorities

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:11am

Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:11am

In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn't eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.

Eurozone inflation back above zero in June, but still low

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50am

The annual rate of inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro rose to 0.1 percent in June from below zero, but is still far short of official targets.

Netflix to boost original series, films in and from Asia

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50am

Netflix plans to expand its Asian offerings to subscribers around the world by tapping more creators in the region, including "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho, its chief said Thursday.

World Bank to back India's solar power initiative

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30am

The World Bank signed an agreement on Thursday with the Indian-led International Solar Alliance to boost solar energy in developing countries by mobilizing $1 trillion in investments by 2030.

Vietnam says Taiwanese company responsible for fish deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:20am

Vietnam's government has announced that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast that put many fishermen out of work.