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California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:07pm

U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California's strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Feds expand probe into Ford Explorer exhaust fume leaks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:07pm

The U.S. government's auto safety agency has expanded an investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs, adding two model years and nearly 400,000 vehicles.

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Rift between House, Senate GOP rocks health care legislation

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:01pm

An effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to mend a dispute between House and Senate Republicans over the party's drive to repeal the Obama health care law is receiving mixed reviews from a group of GOP senators, leaving party leaders' hopes for pushing an initial measure through the Senate up in the air.

Scaramucci reports more than $50m in assets

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:51pm

He vows to be a fresh voice in the Trump administration, but in one way he is like many of the others: He is wealthy, with a vast and complicated array of assets.

Samsung ends Intel's 2-decade-plus reign in microchips

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:25pm

Intel's more than two decade reign as king of the silicon-based semiconductor ended Thursday when Samsung Electronics surpassed the U.S. manufacturer to become the leading maker of the computer chips that are a 21st century staple much as oil was in the past.

Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:11pm

Inspectors repeatedly looked over a thrill ride while it was assembled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours before it flew apart in a deadly accident that flung passengers into the ground, according to authorities and records released Thursday.

Chinese billionaire convicted in United Nations bribery case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:51pm

A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted on Thursday of paying more than $1.7 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done.

The Latest: UN looking at next steps after bribery verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:47pm

The Latest on the bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire in a United Nations scandal (all times local):

Analysis: Vote yes, hope no for Senate GOP on health care

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:58pm

Vote yes, hope no.

Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:51pm

The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.

Rust Belt Wisconsin looks to fill high-skill jobs at Foxconn

Ivan Moreno and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:51pm

A Rust Belt state that built a manufacturing legacy through assembly-line jobs will have to quickly transition to a more highly skilled workforce now that Foxconn has selected Wisconsin as the site of its coveted U.S. electronics plant.

Speaker Paul Ryan says House willing to negotiate a final health care bill with Senate to ease GOP senators' doubts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Speaker Paul Ryan says House willing to negotiate a final health care bill with Senate to ease GOP senators' doubts.

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations.

The Latest: Officials call Foxconn project 'Flying Eagle'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

The Latest on the deal for a planned $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin (all times local):

Lawsuit: Trafficking scheme lured Filipinos to Oklahoma

Adam Kealoha Causey and Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Owners of an Oklahoma hotel and other businesses engaged in a human trafficking scheme that lured workers from the Philippines promising good wages but instead paid them less than the minimum wage, according to a lawsuit.

Contractor appeals delay Trump border wall prototypes

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:32pm

The Trump administration said Thursday that prototypes for a proposed border wall with Mexico have been delayed until November because two companies have objected to the bidding process, dealing another setback to the president's aggressive timetable to make good on a signature campaign pledge.

Texas attorney general now facing December trial date

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:32pm

A new trial date of Dec. 11 is set for Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to face felony securities fraud charges.

US-Mexico border mayors worry about NAFTA makeover

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:29pm

The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States was marked Thursday by worries that more limits on trade could stifle economic growth in a region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Latest: Ferries gearing up for NC island evacuation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:29pm

The Latest on a power outage on the North Carolina coast (all times local):