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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:01am

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

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:01am

Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

UN expert slams Luxembourg convictions in whistleblower case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:00am

A U.N. human rights expert is denouncing the conviction of two "whistleblowers" found guilty in Luxembourg for leaking secret documents to a journalist investigating sweetheart deals that saved billions of dollars in taxes for foreign companies including Apple, Pepsi and Ikea.

Istanbul airport attack victims mourned, honored, praised

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:51am

An adoring father of his four "princesses." A weeping bride-to-be, bent over her fiancee's coffin. Two women looking forward to a few days' vacation with their husbands and their infant children. Victims of Tuesday night's attack at Istanbul's main airport have left behind mourning friends and relatives who are now struggling to deal with their loss. Here are some of their stories:

US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:40am

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

Spanish tax inspectors search Google office in Madrid

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

A Madrid court says it authorized tax inspectors to enter Google's offices in Madrid as part of a tax department investigation.

Union reaches deal with 3 of 5 Atlantic City casinos

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:21am

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.

Italian bank UniCredit taps Mustier as CEO to boost profits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:21am

The board of Italy's largest bank, UniCredit, has named Jean-Pierre Mustier as CEO as it tries to improve its profitability and help the shares recover from a slump this year.

Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.48 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid to new lows for the year this week amid market upheaval stoked by Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Rates are at three-year lows at the height of the spring home buying season.

Claims for unemployment aid rise but remain at low level

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20am

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.

Theater shows R-rated comedy trailer with 'Finding Dory'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20am

The owner of a California movie theater is apologizing after a trailer for an R-rated upcoming Seth Rogen comedy was shown ahead of a screening of Disney's "Finding Dory."

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.

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):

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.

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.