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Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate's approval

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:41pm

The Senate has approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Intel's 2Q results top analyst views, lifting stock

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:41pm

Intel Corp. more than doubled its second-quarter profit as sales of its personal computer chips strengthened and the company made further inroads in promising new areas of technology.

Contractor appeals delay Trump border wall prototypes

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:33pm

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.

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

Ivan Moreno and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:23pm

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.

Air bag inflator ruptures, driver killed in Florida crash

Tom Krisher and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:23pm

A Florida woman has died in a crash near Tampa from injuries that may have been caused by an exploding Takata air bag inflator.

US court asked to hold off on decision over fracking rules

Tatiana Flowers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:23pm

The Trump administration asked three federal judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to hold off on a decision regarding a major federal fracking rule implemented by the Obama administration.

The Latest: 10K tourists forced to evacuate NC island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:14pm

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

The Latest: GOP senators worry about 'skinny' health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:11pm

The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):

California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:11pm

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.

Polish leader says government will target media after courts

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01pm

The leader of Poland's ruling party said Thursday that the government intends to "decentralize" the media after it completes a "radical" overhaul of the judicial system that the European Union has denounced as violating democratic norms.

Bridge builder admits cutting cable on North Carolina coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01pm

A construction company acknowledged on Thursday that it caused a power outage across two islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks, leaving tourists stranded without air conditioning or places to eat.

Forbes: Amazon CEO Bezos was briefly the world's richest man

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01pm

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos briefly became the world's richest man Thursday in Forbes magazine's tracking of wealth, as stock in his e-commerce company hit an all-time high.

Troubled trucking firm faces scrutiny after Texas deaths

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:57pm

The trucking company linked to the recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had promoted itself as an American success: a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running.

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

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:57pm

Vote yes, hope no.

Correction: American Airlines-Labor story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:51pm

In a story July 26 about a protest by American Airlines employees, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a union official. The president of the Transport Workers Union is John Samuelsen, not Samuelson.

Online-shopping energizes UPS in second quarter

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

If you buy diapers online later this year, UPS begs you to avoid placing the order right around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Scaramucci reports more than $50m in assets

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

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.

Qatar says UN should play a role in resolving Gulf crisis

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

Qatar's foreign minister called Thursday for the United Nations to help resolve the crisis in the Persian Gulf and accused the four Arab countries that have isolated his energy-rich nation of violating international law.

Southwest reports lower 2Q profit, weak revenue outlook

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

Shares of Southwest Airlines fell 5 percent Thursday after the company offered a weak forecast for a key revenue figure in the third quarter.

Republicans strain for modest 'skinny' redo of 'Obamacare'

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

Battered by repeated failures to repeal or replace "Obamacare," Senate GOP leaders retreated to a narrow approach Thursday that would undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law. Democrats vowed opposition as the Senate prepared for a bizarre Capitol Hill ritual, a "vote-a-rama" on amendments that promised to last into the wee hours of Friday morning.