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Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Hannah Grabenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:47pm

A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups.

Apple buys more self-driving car technology in latest deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:46pm

Apple has bought a struggling self-driving car startup as the iPhone maker continues to explore the potential market for robotic vehicles, despite recently curtailing its work on the technology.

A breakdown of what's at stake in US-Iran crisis

Robert Burns and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:28pm

Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don't want war. But unless one or the other changes course - the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its risky pushback - the confrontation appears headed for a collision that could trigger yet another Middle East conflict.

Trump heads to Asia for talks on trade, Iran and more

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:20pm

President Donald Trump says he'll meet with "a lot of different countries" during his third international trip in a month.

Tesla provision helps get Wisconsin legislator behind budget

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:16pm

Wisconsin Republicans won a key legislator's support for the state budget Wednesday after inserting provisions that allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, an enthusiast of the high-end electric cars.

Tech giants face questions on hate speech going into debates

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:51am

Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced questioning by a House panel Wednesday on their efforts to stanch terrorist content and viral misinformation on their social media platforms. The scrutiny comes as the tech giants step up safety measures to prevent disinformation online targeting the Democratic presidential debates.

Parents of slain Kansas City man sue gun maker, dealer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:41am

The parents of a slain Kansas City man are suing the manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting and the dealer accused of selling it to a former fire captain who is charged in federal court with knowingly supplying firearms to felons.

Documents show NSA again improperly collected call records

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:39am

Newly released documents show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused a similar collection of data that violated federal law.

The Latest: Gas prices could increase on refinery closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:34am

The Latest on the announcement that an East Coast oil refinery that caught fire will close (all times local):

Michigan officials: Testing will uncover more lead in water

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:23am

Michigan officials on Wednesday began raising public awareness of tougher sampling rules they expect to result in more drinking water systems exceeding limits for lead, a byproduct of new regulations enacted after Flint's crisis.

Report: Series of failures led to deadly leak at Texas plant

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:04am

A final federal report has found that a series of failures, including flawed equipment and inadequate safeguards, helped cause a 2014 poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant.

Businesses must strategize to compete with online prices

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:56am

Business owners whose online competitors charge less — sometimes, dramatically less — need to strategize to make sure they survive.

The Latest: Worker on leave after alleged spit at Trump son

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:46am

The Latest on allegation Eric Trump was spat upon in Chicago (all times local):

Philadelphia hospital owner announces closure, citing losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:46am

The owner of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia has announced it will close in September because of what the company calls "continuing, unsustainable financial losses."

San Francisco is 1st major US city to ban e-cigarettes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:00am

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday.

Judge accused of aiding wanted immigrant wants pay restored

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:59am

A judge charged with helping an immigrant escape a federal agent waiting to arrest him at a courthouse should keep her salary while she fights to clear her in name, one of her lawyers told Massachusetts' highest court Wednesday.

Trump: China needs to reach a trade deal more than he does

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:57am

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's under little pressure to reach a trade deal with China when he meets late this week with President Xi Jinping and is prepared to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports.

California seeks to bring high-tech to state government

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:54am

Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in "breaking things, and making them better," who prioritizes "openness" and "simplicity" and can "feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm."

FAA removes 3 managers in office that monitors Southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:44am

The Federal Aviation Administration is reassigning three managers in a regional office that oversees regulation of Southwest Airlines, which has been the subject of several safety investigations, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Cut-rate prices online: shoppers' win, businesses lose

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:28am

A bride-to-be looking for a gown online can find dresses with trains and lace for well under $300. Go into a local bridal shop, and the average price will stretch into four figures, taking some shoppers by surprise.