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Stocks waver, dollar slips as traders shrug off trade talk

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:29pm

U.S. stocks are little changed Friday as traders shrug off the latest trade threats from President Donald Trump and focus on company earnings reports, which contained some better-than-expected results from big names including Microsoft. Bond yields are rising and the dollar is falling.

Contractor gets prison term for defrauding Sandy victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:25pm

A contractor convicted of scamming dozens of New Jersey homeowners out of nearly $2 million following Superstorm Sandy has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

Matthew Perrone and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:23pm

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:19pm

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data.

Baltimore is latest US city to file lawsuit against Big Oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:18pm

Baltimore has become the latest U.S. city to try and hold the world's biggest oil companies financially responsible for global warming.

North Dakota seeks federal money for pipeline protest costs

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:17pm

North Dakota on Friday demanded $38 million from the federal government to reimburse the state for costs associated with policing large-scale and prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Nicholson consulted for companies that shed jobs

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:03pm

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson worked as a consultant for companies that laid off nearly 1,900 people since 2015, shutting down plants in Wisconsin and other states as they moved to save money and shift production overseas.

Long-delayed, budget-busting VA hospital to open in Colorado

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:01pm

It's more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally opening in suburban Denver on Saturday with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care.

Police in Italy find 2 stolen Renoir and Rubens paintings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:44pm

Police in northern Italy have recovered two paintings stolen in 2017, a Renoir and a Rubens.

Idaho unemployment holds steady at 2.9 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:04pm

Idaho's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 2.9 percent.

India's Parliament rejects no confidence against motion

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 11:59am

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated and defeated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 11:09am

Ringed by a handful of cheering activist supporters, liberal House Democrats gathered outside the Capitol this week to announce they were forming a caucus to seek "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care.

UK PM May and her Brexit vision get little sympathy from EU

Gregory Katz and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 10:59am

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May found little sympathy Friday from the European Union's 27 other nations in her quest for more flexibility in Brexit talks, as the time to negotiate an amicable divorce between Britain and the EU dwindles down.

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Nutty pastry fingers in Mende

Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 10:31am

After a brief respite, the Tour de France heads for the heights again on Saturday when almond and hazelnut pastry fingers point the way for surviving riders through terrain featuring ancient artworks and fanciful architecture.

Suspect confesses in killing of Olympic figure skater

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:59am

One of two men detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of killing Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has confessed, authorities said Friday.

Trump heightens tariff threat in trade war with China

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:47am

President Donald Trump on Friday escalated his threats to punish China for its trade policies, warning anew that he's prepared to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports and arguing that Beijing has manipulated its currency at the expense of the United States.

Japan Parliament OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:39am

Japan's parliament on Friday approved a contentious law allowing up to three casino resorts to open in this wealthy nation and possibly lure more foreign visitors.

Putin vows to hear 'all opinions' in pension controversy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:23am

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to tamp down public distress over a proposal to raise the national retirement age, saying he will listen to "all opinions" on the matter.

Japan's Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:14am

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the U.S. on Friday that higher tariffs on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America's jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy.

Turkey, US officials hold talks on upcoming Iran sanctions

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 9:13am

U.S. and Turkish officials met on Friday to discuss impending American sanctions on Iran — an issue that has the potential to cause a new flashpoint in relations between the two NATO allies.