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US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

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

Union has deal with 4th Atlantic City casino; Taj talks on

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:01pm

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

House gives initial OK to final N Carolina budget agreement

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

The final agreement on adjustments to the state budget for the new fiscal year received initial House approval Thursday, a $22.3 billion proposal highlighted by pay raises, tax breaks and reserves for the next economic downturn.

Illinois OKs stopgap spending deal, governor will sign

Ivan Moreno and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human service programs funding for six months, a rare bipartisan accomplishment but one that won't end the yearlong gridlock on a full budget.

Yahoo CEO paints bright picture with potential sale looming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:50pm

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has tried to paint a bright picture during an annual shareholders meeting as the company considers selling its slumping internet operations.

Highlights of North Carolina government budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

Highlights of the final North Carolina budget agreement as proposed in legislation and the related "money report" crafted by House and Senate leaders. The $22.3 billion plan adjusts the second year of the already-approved two-year budget.

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday.

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:32pm

The first U.S. fatality using self-driving technology took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car operating the vehicle's "Autopilot" automated driving system died after a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday.

The Latest: House members debate Pennsylvania budget bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

The Latest on legislative efforts to pass a new state budget for Pennsylvania (all times local):

Nike co-founder Phil Knight retires from board

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

Nike said Thursday that its co-founder and chairman Phil Knight has retired from its board and CEO Mark Parker has been named the new chairman.

The Latest: Budget deal draws handful of 'no' votes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' attempts to approve a stopgap state budget and money for schools (all times local):

The Latest: House gives initial OK to final budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering a final budget agreement for next year (all times local):

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it.

Led by Strip, Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Nevada gambling revenue took another tumble in May, dropping nearly 5 percent statewide as Las Vegas Strip revenues fell sharply year-over-year.

House candidate pledges to forgo congressional benefits

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:11pm

Northwest College instructor and Republican U.S. House candidate Mike Konsmo promised Thursday to forgo all congressional health and pension benefits, not to buy or hold stock while in office and not to serve more than four terms, saying he wanted to remain unencumbered by influences to his vote.

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:01pm

President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.

Abortion, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year's session three months ago, and 162 of them take effect on Friday with the start of the state's fiscal year, affecting school choice, abortion, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State.

Attorney: Volkswagen believes some vehicles can be fixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Volkswagen believes it can fix some of the diesel vehicles caught up in the carmaker's cheating emissions scandal without compromising their performance, an attorney for the company said Thursday.

Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:51pm

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program, with more than 233,000 people already enrolled in the government-financed insurance coverage that begins Friday.