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Talks continue as Atlantic City casino strike deadline nears

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:50pm

With Atlantic City's lucrative July 4th holiday weekend fast approaching, the struggling seaside gambling resort is trying to avoid a strike against five of its eight casinos.

Amazon 'Prime Day' sales gimmick is back this July

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:11pm

Amazon is renewing its "Prime Day" July sales gimmick as Wal-Mart also tries to go after online shoppers this summer.

Conn. police more likely to use stun guns on minorities

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:32pm

Hispanics shot with stun guns by police in Connecticut in 2015 were more likely to be fired upon multiple times than other racial groups, according to an analysis released Thursday of the first statewide data of police stun gun use in the United States.

Appeal to delay $50M settlement to Northeast dairy farmers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:20pm

An appeal of a financial settlement to be paid by a national dairy marketing cooperative to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers could delay the payments for at least a year.

Cleveland police to wear body cameras during GOP convention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:20pm

Cleveland police officers will have body cameras affixed to their riot gear during the Republican National Convention this month.

Tanker hits 3 moored sailboats on Maine-New Hampshire border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 10:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard is working to determine why an oil tanker hit three moored sailboats in a river on the Maine-New Hampshire border.

North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism

Kevin Freking and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:50pm

President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" who feed on economic anxiety.

Delaware lawmakers approve $4 billion operating budget

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:31pm

Delaware lawmakers have given final approval to a $4 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday.

Illinois governor, lawmakers nearing budget deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:01pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the General Assembly are nearing agreement on a plan to keep government open past Thursday's end of the fiscal year and ensure schools open in August, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Lavish features cut from over-budget Denver VA hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:50pm

Imported Brazilian wood has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, eliminated to save money.

Foundation distributing children's workbooks in Detroit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:01pm

A foundation focused on health and education is distributing 45,000 new children's workbooks to 45 Detroit-area nonprofits to promote summer literacy.

Exxon Mobil wins a round in climate litigation

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:11pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. won an early round Wednesday in its fight against regulators over whether the oil giant covered up what it knew about climate change.

Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:10pm

Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

The Latest: Illinois lawmakers pressing toward budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:10pm

The Latest on Illinois negotiations on a stopgap spending plan during the budget standoff (all times local):

The Latest: DOT head urges haste in rail safety upgrades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:51pm

The Latest on the head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle (all times local):

Board of Regents to consider beer, wine sales regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:31pm

The state Board of Regents is set to give final consideration to rules governing the sale of beer and wine at special events hosted at South Dakota's public universities.

Senate passes financial rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, sends it to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

Senate passes financial rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, sends it to Obama.

Battered woman defense planned in Kansas factory shooting

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

A woman accused of giving her former boyfriend guns used in a shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory told a court Wednesday that she plans to mount a battered woman's syndrome defense at her August trial.

The Latest: Canada Parliament wishes Obama 'four more years'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):

Court dismisses suit over budget-fight holdup of school aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:21pm

A Pennsylvania judge is dismissing a lawsuit over held-up state and federal school aid during a record-breaking budget stalemate.