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Historian asks Australian court to reveal Queen's letters

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:34pm

A historian is going to court this month in an attempt to force Australian authorities to release secret letters that would reveal what Queen Elizabeth II knew of her representative's shocking scheme to dismiss Australia's government more than 40 years ago.

Suit filed over new income tax for wealthy Seattle residents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:31pm

As expected, attorneys have filed a lawsuit challenging Seattle's new ordinance to tax high-income earners.

Dems: Anti-abortion provisions in health bill in jeopardy

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:21pm

The Senate parliamentarian added a new complication to Republican hopes for their floundering health care bill, ruling the GOP would need to win an all-but-impossible 60 votes to retain anti-abortion provisions in the measure, Democrats said late Friday.

Scaramucci: NYC financier turned Trump communications chief

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:33pm

He was the only Trump ally on stage that day.

US seeks dismissal of charges in 'London Whale' case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:00pm

The U.S. government said Friday it is seeking dismissal of criminal charges against two ex-traders at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a scandal that caused over $6 billion in losses after a trader known as the "London Whale" became an unreliable witness.

The Latest: Abortion restrictions in health bill questioned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:00pm

The Latest on Republican attempts to overhaul the nation's health care laws (all times local):

O.J. Simpson will get his freedom, but then what?

Ken Ritter and Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:41pm

When O.J. Simpson gets out of prison in October for his first taste of freedom in nine years, he will have the mementos he was convicted of stealing in a Las Vegas heist, his guaranteed NFL pension and, with any luck, certain life skills he says he acquired behind bars.

How major US stock market indexes fared on Friday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:51pm

U.S. stocks finished barely lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks.

New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:51pm

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday making New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.

Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:41pm

Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.

US stocks dip with energy prices; European stocks sink

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:41pm

U.S. stocks finished barely lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks.

Wells Fargo ordered to reinstate whistleblower, pay $577,500

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:31pm

Wells Fargo is being ordered to reinstate a branch manager it fired in 2011 after the employee tried to blow the whistle on the bank's growing sales practices scandal.

Tax incentive suspended for Kentucky Noah's ark attraction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:31pm

Kentucky's tourism agency has suspended a tax break worth up to $18 million for a Noah's ark biblical attraction after the park transferred its main property to a nonprofit affiliate.

Accident at Florida power plant claims fifth life

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:19pm

An accident at a Florida power plant last month has claimed a fifth life.

Ford says it will fight latest Takata recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:21pm

Ford is fighting the latest expansion of the Takata air bag inflator recall.

London blaze makes US building owners mindful of fire threat

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:21pm

U.S. building owners should review what materials their structures are built with following a deadly fire in London that showed how flames can quickly cover a high-rise, devouring it from the outside, fire experts said Friday.

Markets Right Now: Energy, tech losses hit US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:20pm

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

Police: Australian likely killed by Takata air bag inflator

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

A man who died this month in a traffic crash near Sydney likely is the 18th person killed by a faulty Takata air bag inflator, Australian authorities said Friday.

Former Trump adviser Flynn consulting again, says brother

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

Embattled former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of his brothers, who says Flynn is "moving on with his life."

Environmental report on pipeline favorable for developers

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found.