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US says up to 116 civilians killed in counterterror strikes

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:01pm

Peeling back some of the secrecy of America's drone strikes on suspected terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said it has killed up to 116 civilians in counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other places where the U.S. is not engaged in active, on-the-ground warfare.

The Latest: Court rejects lawmaker maps for Wake Co. boards

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

The Latest on the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on redistricting for Wake County school and commissioner boards (all times local):

New court fees, education laws among those taking effect

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

Oklahoma residents will be paying more in fees at the courthouse, and lawbreakers will get squeezed for more court costs, under some of the dozens of new laws taking effect this week.

Plan for new jobs under Start-Up NY stalls in upstate county

George M. Walsh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

A long-vacant textile mill in a rural upstate New York county was just the kind of place targeted for job growth as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature Start-Up NY economic development program.

Renown Health paying $9.5M to settle Medicare fraud claims

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

Renown Health is paying $9.5 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud after its former compliance director-turned whistleblower accused management of encouraging "systemic" overcharging — and sometimes double-billing — of hundreds of patients.

The Latest: Truck firm in Tesla crash had safety violations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

The Latest on the first reported death of a motorist using self-driving technology (all times local):

Gunmen take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant; 2 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

As many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday night, taking hostages, killing two officers and wounding at least 26 people in a gunbattle with security forces, authorities and a witness said.

Christie freezes cash for cities, programs over health costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is freezing more than $53 million in aid for towns and millions more for Democratic-backed programs including rape prevention and cancer research over concerns about health care and benefit costs.

Murray Energy seeks to layoff thousands in 6 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

Giant coal producer Murray Energy has issued notices that it could lay off up to 4,400 coal mine workers in six states come September.

Riders temporarily stranded on 6 Flags roller coaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

A roller coaster at Six Flags amusement park in North Texas came to a sudden stop and temporarily stranded about 20 riders before park employees led them to safety.

Court asked to dismiss challenge to education tax proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:31pm

A group supporting a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund education is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge by an anti-tax group seeking to keep the proposal off the November ballot.

US rig count up 10 this week to 431

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:31pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 431.

Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars

Mark Gillispie and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:21pm

Joshua Brown, the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, had an adventurous streak with a "need for speed" but also was a brilliant innovator and beloved neighbor, say those who knew the Navy veteran.

US auto sales hit record in first 6 months

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:11pm

U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they still set a record in the first six months of this year.

Firefighter on disability who did martial arts gets prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:01pm

A New Jersey firefighter who collected a state disability pension while teaching jiu jitsu and participating in competitive mixed martial arts is going to prison.

California governor approves $2 billion for homeless housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved spending $2 billion to build permanent housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.

General Mills expands flour recall after outbreak of E. coli

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:41pm

General Mills is expanding its recall of certain types of flour in response to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria.

Death sparks 'Autopilot' car probe; Man had speeding tickets

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:25pm

The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding complicates the question.

Al Gore's daughter in court after arrest at pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:22pm

Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested at a protest of a natural gas pipeline in Boston have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end strong week with tiny gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:21pm

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