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Judge set to decide on $15B Volkswagen settlement

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 12:31am

A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal faced a critical test, as a federal judge decided whether to grant it preliminary approval.

Jordan deal with donors means legal work for Syria refugees

Layla K. Quran, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 12:10am

Syrian refugee Fawaz al-Jasem used to drop his tools and run when he saw police approaching the farm in northern Jordan where he has been picking vegetables for the past three years.

Former Oregon lumber town rides digital wave to a comeback

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 12:01am

It was not long ago that Crook County had five major lumber mills. Timber was king, and the rural Oregon county was the nation's top producer of ponderosa lumber.

Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 11:30pm

The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago.

United flight lands safely after landing gear problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 11:20pm

A United Airlines flight carrying 56 people landed safely at a Colorado airport after the pilot reported a problem with the forward landing gear.

Shutting down 'shark finning': US fishermen promise a fight

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 10:50pm

American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a proposal to shut down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia, and send a message to the rest of the world.

General Mills expands flour recall after 4 more illnesses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 10:10pm

General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported.

US, Japan, Australia step in for weak SEAsia to chide China

Vijay Joshi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 10:02pm

The United States, Japan and Australia have urged China not to construct military outposts and reclaim land in the disputed South China Sea, in a strong show of support for Southeast Asian nations that have territorial disputes with Beijing in the resource-rich area.

Seeking wider digital audience, Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8B

Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 8:24pm

Seeking a wider digital audience, Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion in a deal that marks the end of an era for a company that defined much of the early internet but struggled to stay relevant in an online world dominated by Google and Facebook.

Judge rules against 3 GOP candidates who challenged election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 8:11pm

A judge has ruled against three anti-tax Republican Nevada Assembly candidates who lost their primaries but contested the results.

Transport truck rolls, spills chum salmon across Alaska road

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 8:11pm

Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it's across a highway.

Fox News ousts 2 more executives

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 7:52pm

Four days after the ouster of Roger Ailes as Fox News chief, two more executives at the network have been axed.

Report: 'Brexit' move raises risks to US financial stability

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 6:31pm

Britain's decision to quit the European Union has elevated the risks to U.S. financial stability, though they remain moderate, U.S. Treasury Department experts say.

APNewsBreak: Pfizer: Arkansas execution would 'misuse' drug

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 5:21pm

An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though the pharmaceutical giant has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions.

US fines Chile-based airline LATAM $22 million over bribes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 5:01pm

Latin America's largest airline has agreed to some $22 million in civil and criminal fines in connection with a scheme to pay bribes to end a labor strike in Argentina a decade ago, U.S. authorities said Monday.

Hastert wants victim's suit over unpaid hush money tossed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 4:41pm

An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by one of the former U.S. House speaker's sexual abuse victims who is seeking $1.8 million in outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned Illinois Republican, though the court didn't immediately rule on the request at a Monday hearing.

1st US system to keep drones away from wildfires kicks off

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:51pm

The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal authorities say.

British Columbia proposes real estate tax on foreign buyers

Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:41pm

Foreign nationals buying Vancouver real estate will pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 percent under legislation proposed by the British Columbia government.

New Texas women's health program has family planning focus

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:32pm

Texas unveiled Monday a revamped women's health program for low-income residents that includes a boost in family planning services that the conservative state will no longer let Planned Parenthood and other organizations affiliated with abortion providers offer.

Plastic bag producer accused of failing to report toxins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:11pm

An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste.