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US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:11am

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

NBC to offer VR Olympics content to Samsung users

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:10am

NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August — but only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset.

Man found slain at central New York home; teen son charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:10am

Authorities say a 17-year-old has been charged with killing his father, whose body was found at the victim's central New York home weeks after he was slain.

Pittsburgh hospital expands testing for Legionella bacteria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:10am

A Pittsburgh hospital has expanded testing for the bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease after finding it in two water tanks earlier this month.

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FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:58am

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.

Health professionals leave state hospital in labor dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:51am

A group of health professionals say they're walking out of the state-run mental hospital over a labor dispute.

Markets Right Now: Modest gains for US stocks in early trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:51am

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

Union reaches deal with 3 of 5 Atlantic City casinos

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:50am

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:50am

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

The Latest: Polish president says people like EU benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:41am

The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

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.

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.