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APNewsBreak: Honolulu high-rise had outdated fire alarms

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:34pm

A Honolulu apartment high-rise where a blaze recently killed three people failed to update its fire alarms to meet safety standards despite an engineering firm recommending the changes after another fire four years ago, city records show.

Obamacare: The social program with 9 lives

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:34pm

The Senate's surprise vote early Friday was only the latest narrow escape for "Obamacare" — the social program with nine lives that has survived dozens of congressional attempts to kill it, and two Supreme Court challenges.

APNewsBreak: Neighbor: Couple marking anniversary on cruise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:34pm

The Latest on the killing of a Utah woman aboard a cruise ship (all times local):

House heads home facing a long to-do list in September

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:31pm

House lawmakers have left Washington for their weeks long August vacation after a rancorous session. But they're promising to return in September to tackle tax reform and claim a big legislative win that has so far eluded President Donald Trump and Republicans in charge.

Liquor sales increase in Nebraska towns near reservation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:21pm

Some Nebraska communities near a South Dakota Native American reservation where alcohol is banned have seen liquor sales boom since beer stores shuttered at a tiny nearby village that long served as the reservation's watering hole, according to figures from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

Governor tours Wisconsin by air to tout Foxconn agreement

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:21pm

With an aggressive timeline to turn dirt before next fall's election, Gov. Scott Walker took to the air Friday to tout global electronics giant Foxconn's plans to invest $10 billion on a new manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin.

The Latest: Gov. Walker to Foxconn critics: "Suck lemons"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:21pm

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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

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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.