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Illinois lawmakers begin voting on stopgap spending deal

John O'Connor and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:31am

Illinois lawmakers began voting Thursday on a stopgap spending deal that would ensure schools open in August and fund state services for the next six months, but it wouldn't end the ideological divide that led to the yearlong budget standoff.

New Mississippi laws cover education, abortion, other issues

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:31am

Mississippi begins a new budget year Friday with a tight $6.4 billion spending plan that cuts money for many state services, including mental health.

State regents approve tuition increases for Oklahoma schools

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:31am

The cost of attending one of Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities will go up by an average of 8.4 percent, the state regents voted Thursday.

Abortion restrictions, school choice law set to take effect

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

A slew of new laws that were passed during the 2016 legislative session go into effect Friday, including tighter restrictions on abortions and allowing beer and wine sales at universities. Here's a look at some of the new laws going into effect:

The Latest: Illinois House approves 1st parts of budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

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

CVS to pay $3.5M over allegations of forged prescriptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that dozens of its Massachusetts pharmacies violated federal law by filling forged prescriptions for addictive painkillers and other controlled substances.

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

Iconic Nashville soda shop hosts new USPS stamps launch

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.

Suicide rates highest in farmers, lumberjacks, fishermen

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:11am

In a study of suicide rates by occupation, the workers that killed themselves most often were farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen.

Hershey stock soars after report of Mondelez takeover bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:11am

Shares of Hershey are soaring after a report that it could be taken over by Oreo maker Mondelez International, a combination that would bring together some of the world's best-known chocolate and cookie brands under one company.

Istanbul airport attack victims mourned, honored, praised

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:11am

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:

Putin issues decree to lift ban on tourism to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01am

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree lifting restrictions on tourism to Turkey following its' apology for downing a Russian warplane last year.

Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01am

State officials say Nevada gambling revenue was down nearly 5 percent in May after a sharp drop in winnings on the Las Vegas Strip.

APNewsBreak: To fight foreclosure, NYC buying mortgages

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01am

New York City is taking a novel approach to addressing enduring pockets of the home foreclosure crisis by buying long-unpaid mortgages, with plans to help owners stay in their homes if possible or use the properties as affordable housing if not, officials say.

US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:51am

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

Vietnam says Taiwanese company responsible for fish deaths

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:51am

Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation.

Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:50am

The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets.

US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:30am

The Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Google Calendar outage leaves users frustrated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:21am

Google says it expects to have Google Calendar up and running normally following widespread reports of an outage.

World Bank president expresses concern over Brexit

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:21am

The World Bank president said Thursday that India had shown resilience in the situation created by Britain's decision to exit from the European Union, but it will be affected "if there were more events creating more uncertainty."