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Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:00pm

The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:21pm

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot's premature unlocking of a braking system that triggered the in-flight breakup of the vehicle.

Utah liquor board OKs 1st tasting permit for a distillery

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:51pm

Utah liquor bosses granted special permission Tuesday for a distillery to offer a broad selection of whiskey samples, opening the door for more distillers and breweries to seek similar exemptions under the state's knotty alcohol laws.

Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile production

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:51pm

Green chiles, the signature crop of New Mexico, are in danger.

Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of senator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:31pm

Opponents of California's new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation's author.

FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:31pm

Federal health regulators say they have approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach.

Skin doctors urge under-18 ban on tanning beds

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

Dermatologists who treat skin cancer patients urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds, but salon owners accused critics of overstating the risks.

Nevada casinos' June take drops 8 percent from a year ago

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

Baccarat, the card game that can be a windfall or whiplash for Las Vegas casinos, was the latter in June.

Police: Dallas airport security breach involved lovelorn man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

Police say a man blamed for a security breach at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport slipped onto a jet to try to stop his girlfriend from leaving.

Scott Walker orders American on cheesesteaks, avoiding gaffe

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:51pm

The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on Tuesday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss.

Short-term highway deal punts another fight until fall

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:32pm

House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall.

Riviera casino demolition at least 6 months away, cost $42M

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

The Riviera casino-hotel will come tumbling down but at an expected cost of $42 million and not for at least six months if a recommendation to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is approved.

All New Jersey troopers to get body cameras within a year

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:31pm

New Jersey plans to put body cameras on all state troopers who work in the field and is issuing guidelines on how local police forces statewide should use the devices.

2 injection wells shut down, 1 curbing activity after quakes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:21pm

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says two oil and gas wastewater injection wells are shutting down and one is reducing operations in the Crescent area following several earthquakes.

Riviera casino demolition at least 6 months away, cost $42M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:11pm

The Riviera casino-hotel will come tumbling down but at an expected cost of $42 million and not for at least six months if a recommendation to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is approved.

US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:11pm

The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.

Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:53pm

Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days.

Las Vegas visited by 21 million travelers in 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:51pm

Tourism officials say more than 21 million people have visited Las Vegas in the first half of 2015, about 1.5 percent more than a year ago when the destination recorded more than 40 million travelers for the first time.

Judge unlikely to boost award in Israel bombings to over $1B

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:51pm

A U.S. judge indicated Tuesday that he was unlikely to boost a $654 million jury award to victims of terror attacks in Israel over a decade ago to more than $1 billion by tacking on interest against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.