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Au pairs could soon learn whether they will get payments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:00pm

Low-paid childcare workers from around the world could soon learn whether they will be getting payments from a proposed $65.5 million class action settlement.

Japan exports dip as China-US trade war takes toll

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:52pm

Japan's exports declined in June as shipments of goods were hit by trade disputes between China and the U.S., the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:54pm

South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan.

Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:50pm

The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Chicago firm to lead Virginia Beach shooting investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:08pm

A Chicago consulting firm has been chosen to lead an independent investigation into the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left 12 dead.

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:39pm

The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy for the nation's largest cannabis economy, an audit found.

Judge limits Hammond Ranches cattle grazing as case proceeds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:36pm

A federal judge will allow Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis.

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:12pm

House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that's a symbol of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Tennessee governor tours flooded crops, promises support

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:07pm

Gov. Bill Lee took an aerial tour of flooded fields in western Tennessee on Wednesday, promising support to distressed farmers who warn they haven't seen such conditions in nearly a century.

Owners of record-setting cats killed in fire sue chair-maker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:54pm

The suburban Detroit owners of two record-setting cats killed in a house fire have filed a lawsuit blaming the maker of a massage chair for the blaze.

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:11pm

Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted on Wednesday to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia.

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:03pm

The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy, an audit found.

AP FACT CHECK: Savings from Sanders' Medicare plan dubious

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:02pm

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders all but guaranteed in his "Medicare for All" speech on Wednesday the U.S. would spend less on health care with his plan. He said studies from experts on the political left and the right project $2 trillion to $5 trillion in savings over 10 years, but that's questionable.

Alaska village will install new river power generator

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 3:36pm

A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel.

Grounding of Boeing jet complicates United's 2020 planning

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 3:17pm

The grounding of Boeing 737 Max airplanes is making it harder for United Airlines to plan for next year.

Mexico cuts budget for all, from athletes to archaeologists

Mark Stevenson and Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:46pm

The Mexican Olympic Committee said Wednesday it will no longer be able to offer food, lodging and medical services at its main sports training complex, the latest casualty in a round of deep budget cuts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

CSX and Nu Skin fall while Abbott and Cintas rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:40pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:

Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:39pm

Facebook endured a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats asked Facebook to scale back the project and threatened legislation that would block big tech companies from getting into banking.

Netflix's 2Q dud rattles investors as competition heats up

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:24pm

Netflix's video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its traditionally sluggish spring season, a drop-off coming as the company boosts its prices and girds for even stiffer competition.

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:21pm

Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments.