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Alabama attorney, company official convicted in bribery case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 7:22pm

A prominent Alabama attorney and a coal company executive were convicted Friday on federal charges involving bribery of a state lawmaker.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

Matthew Perrone and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 6:20pm

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.

MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 6:09pm

The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure U.S. law never tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation — but the legal maneuver may not play out that way.

WW2 soldier is buried in California 74 years after battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:49pm

Nearly 74 years after he was killed in a ferocious World War II battle, Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz has been laid to rest in Southern California.

Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

David Jordan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:45pm

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We'll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary.

Netflix unveils first 8 Shonda Rhimes projects for platform

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:04pm

Shonda Rhimes's first slate of shows for Netflix includes a look at the migration of African-Americans from the Jim Crow South, romance among wealthy 19th century Londoners and a documentary on Debbie Allen's reimagining of "The Nutcracker."

Director James Gunn fired from 'Guardians 3' over old tweets

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:01pm

James Gunn was fired Friday as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

Colorado VA hospital plagued by delays, high costs to open

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 4:34pm

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

North Dakota seeks federal money for pipeline protest costs

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 4:33pm

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.

Paper problem has Long Island Rail Road tickets saying 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 3:57pm

It's back to the future on the Long Island Rail Road.

Baltimore is latest US city to file lawsuit against Big Oil

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:58pm

Baltimore on Friday become the latest U.S. city to try and hold the world's biggest oil companies financially responsible for global warming, asserting it faces massive costs to effectively protect its residents, businesses and infrastructure from the escalating impacts of climate change.

Stocks end slightly lower as traders shrug off trade talk

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:47pm

U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends. The dollar fell after President Donald Trump said China is manipulating its currency.

Trump heightens China tariff threat with no deal in sight

Christoper Rugaber and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:41pm

With President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies is in sight.

National rig count decreases by 8 to 1,046; Texas loses 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:41pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by eight this week to 1,046.

Microsoft and Honeywell rally while Skechers and GE slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:36pm

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Markets Right Now: Stocks end slightly lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:13pm

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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.

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.

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.

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.