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Vacation blackout: Power outage hits North Carolina islands

Tom Foreman Jr. and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:21pm

not an approaching hurricane — forced 10,000 tourists to flee the Outer Banks and turned summer vacation into a messy nightmare for many.

Markets Right Now: Stocks fade on weak retail results

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

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Judge dismisses suit against delayed Chicago-area drink tax

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

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages sold in the Chicago area, and dissolved a temporary restraining order that had delayed its implementation.

Tree tents get campers off the ground and into the air

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:11pm

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are embracing a unique way to sleep under the stars while in the mountains or at the beach — dangling between trees on hybrid hammock-tents that get them off the ground and into portable treehouses that soothe their inner child.

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GOP blame-a-thon over health bill crash, but no clear path

Alan Fram and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:11pm

The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won't go away.

The Latest: Few protesters turning out in Venezuelan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:02pm

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

The Latest: Teacher's first visit to Ocracoke memorable

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:02pm

The Latest on power loss on two North Carolina islands (all times local):

House moves to extend choice program, end VA budget crisis

Hope Yen and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:02pm

The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans.

US economy expanded at stronger 2.6 percent rate in Q2

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:02pm

The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by a surge in consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.

Higher prices, fewer options lurk after health bill collapse

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:52pm

and it needs it soon.

Wells Fargo faces new scandal in auto insurance business

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:52pm

Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo is back in hot water for signing customers up for products that they didn't need or want. This time it's auto insurance, and the bank says it may have cost 20,000 people their cars.

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:40pm

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

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:40pm

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

Stocks sag following disappointing profit reports

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:32pm

Stock markets around the world sagged on Friday after Amazon and other big companies reported quarterly results that underwhelmed investors.

Fumes force Austin police to pull Ford Explorers off patrol

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:11pm

The Austin Police Department on Friday pulled nearly 400 Ford Explorer SUVs from its patrol fleet over worries about exhaust fumes inside the vehicles.

The Latest: Trump says 'let Obamacare implode'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:02pm

The Latest on Republican-pushed legislation to repeal Obama's health care law (all times local):

Commuter train crashes in Barcelona; 53 are hospitalized

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:02pm

A Spanish commuter train crashed into a buffer early Friday at a station in northeastern Barcelona, tossing passengers to the floor and sending 53 people to the hospital, officials said.

The Latest: Foxconn incentives would be paid as cash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:02pm

The Latest on the Foxconn plant announced for Wisconsin (all times local):

Exxon 2Q profit doubles from a year ago but misses forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:21pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. cut spending on oil exploration, helping boost its earnings to $3.35 billion in the second quarter, doubling its historically low profit of a year ago.