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Paramount fires its top television executive over comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:29pm

Paramount says it has fired the head of its television division for making unspecified comments that drew complaints from employees.

Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage and some injuries

Scott McFetridge and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:19pm

A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

Zeke Miller, Josh Boak and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 7:19pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 6:30pm

California and 14 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks.

US prosecutors: Water company illegally dumped toxic waste

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 6:23pm

The California company that sells Crystal Geyser bottled water has been charged with illegally disposing of arsenic-tainted wastewater, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Oregon wheat farmers try to stop fire that's consuming crops

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:57pm

Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years.

Global slavery report slams North Korea, repressive regimes

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:53pm

Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion worth of goods that are produced under suspicious circumstances, according to research released Thursday.

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:26pm

Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

State governors delve into foreign diplomacy on trade war

Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:23pm

State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump's trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.

DC Universe sets pricing plan for digital subscription

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:21pm

A digital subscription service for DC Comics superfans launching in the fall of 2018 has set its annual membership fee at $74.99.

Bikers call for more penalties in response to deadly crashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:00pm

Utah bikers vented their frustrations about the state of driving safety in response to an unprecedented number of deadly motorcycle crashes.

IRS nominee clears Senate panel despite Democrat opposition

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:43pm

The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved on a party-line vote President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS, with the panel's Democrats protesting the nomination because of a new IRS policy allowing some groups to hide their donors' identities.

With 'slut' comments, Lewis's radio career flares up again

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:21pm

The nation's Republican congressional campaign is sticking with Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis after comments surfaced from a 2012 radio program where he wondered aloud, "Can we call anybody a slut?"

In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:17pm

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.

The Latest: Nolan: 'Zero tolerance' for harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:06pm

The Latest on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan's handling of a former top staffer accused of sexually harassing female staffers (all times local):

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:39pm

The U.S. Commerce Department sought feedback on President Donald Trump's plans to consider taxing auto imports. It got an earful at an all-day hearing Thursday.

Disney streaming could get boost as Comcast drops Fox bid

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:29pm

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

Banks weaken, but small-company stocks hold up well

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:23pm

Trade issues again weighed on the market Thursday as representatives of the auto industry told Congress they opposed tariffs on imported cars and car parts being proposed by the Trump administration. Banks and other large U.S. stocks fell, but smaller and more domestically-focused companies climbed.

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:17pm

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide.

Nevada's path forward unclear after twice-delayed execution

Ken Ritter and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:17pm

Nevada twice has come close to carrying out its first execution in 12 years. And twice it failed.