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US stocks end lower as energy stocks slump on earnings

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:01pm

Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks.

Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:22pm

As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Farm owner thought vehicle was fine before hayride crash

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:31pm

The owner of a Maine farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween-themed hayride says he never would've allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to operate. He says he even had a backup tractor and wagon ready to go on the night of the tragedy.

Clinton's doctor says 2016 candidate in 'excellent' health

Lisa Lerer and Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:21pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton's physician said Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in "excellent physical condition" and has completely recovered from the effects of a concussion she suffered in 2012, pronouncing her "fit to serve as president of the United States."

Utah electrical contractor fined for using child workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:11pm

Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor $376,300, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.

Clintons paid 35.7 percent federal tax rate between 2007-14

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:11pm

Federal tax returns released by Hillary Rodham Clinton show she and former President Bill Clinton paid an overall 35.7 percent tax rate on tens of millions the couple earned between 2007 and 2014.

Correction: Colorado Fluoride Debate story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:01pm

In a story July 30 about a debate over adding fluoride to public drinking water, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the director for the Fluoride Action Network. His name is Paul Connett, not Paul Commett.

Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:32pm

Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety.

Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:21pm

Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962

Grain mixed and livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed and livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Suit: Anti-abortion group recorded abortion providers

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:11pm

An association of abortion providers moved Friday to block the release of recordings it claims were made by an anti-abortion group that has previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the use of aborted fetuses for research.

Facebook's Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:11pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby.

Gold, silver gain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:51pm

The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,094.90 an ounce -- up $6.50.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:31pm

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:11pm

Some federal and state prison inmates could be eligible for federal grants to take college courses while still behind bars.

NY village makes ransom payments to keep computers running

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:41pm

A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:31pm

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

New York state picks 5 to grow, dispense medical marijuana

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:21pm

The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help.