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Ground workers strike at Toronto airport, Canada's busiest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:55pm

About 700 ground crew workers went on strike Thursday night at Toronto's airport, the busiest airline hub in Canada.

New deal reached to fix VA budget crisis after vets protest

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:51pm

Congressional Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Thursday on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs' program of private-sector care, seeking to avert a disruption to medical care for thousands of veterans.

Asian shares slide as Wall St tech swoon weighs on sentiment

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:37pm

Asian shares slid Friday as investors evaluated the latest raft of corporate earnings, including those from tech stocks, which had a poor day on Wall Street and weighed on overall investor sentiment.

Feds expand probe into Ford Explorer exhaust fume leaks

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01pm

The U.S. government's auto safety agency has expanded an investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs, adding two model years and nearly 400,000 vehicles.

Oct. 2 trial date set in Kim Jong Nam's killing in Malaysia

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01pm

A Malaysian judge set an Oct. 2 trial date Friday for two women accused of murdering the North Korean leader's half brother.

McConnell puts up a 'skinny repeal' bill targeting Obamacare

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:50pm

Buoyed by a signal from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal "Obamacare."

The Latest: McConnell release text of pared-down health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:20pm

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 - 8:07pm

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.

Samsung ends Intel's 2-decade-plus reign in microchips

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:25pm

Intel's more than two decade reign as king of the silicon-based semiconductor ended Thursday when Samsung Electronics surpassed the U.S. manufacturer to become the leading maker of the computer chips that are a 21st century staple much as oil was in the past.

Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:11pm

Inspectors repeatedly looked over a thrill ride while it was assembled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours before it flew apart in a deadly accident that flung passengers into the ground, according to authorities and records released Thursday.

Chinese billionaire convicted in United Nations bribery case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:51pm

A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted on Thursday of paying more than $1.7 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done.

The Latest: UN looking at next steps after bribery verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:47pm

The Latest on the bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire in a United Nations scandal (all times local):

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

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:58pm

Vote yes, hope no.

Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:51pm

The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.

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

Ivan Moreno and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:51pm

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.

Speaker Paul Ryan says House willing to negotiate a final health care bill with Senate to ease GOP senators' doubts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Speaker Paul Ryan says House willing to negotiate a final health care bill with Senate to ease GOP senators' doubts.

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations.

The Latest: Officials call Foxconn project 'Flying Eagle'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

The Latest on the deal for a planned $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin (all times local):

Lawsuit: Trafficking scheme lured Filipinos to Oklahoma

Adam Kealoha Causey and Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Owners of an Oklahoma hotel and other businesses engaged in a human trafficking scheme that lured workers from the Philippines promising good wages but instead paid them less than the minimum wage, according to a lawsuit.

Contractor appeals delay Trump border wall prototypes

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:32pm

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, dealing another setback to the president's aggressive timetable to make good on a signature campaign pledge.