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Russia orders cut in US diplomats in reaction to sanctions

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:21am

Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia on Friday and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia.

Latest fight at Illinois Capitol threatens money for schools

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:21am

Schools in Illinois could start classes in a few weeks without receiving any state money to help pay teachers, buy supplies or keep lights on, as a new front in the yearslong fight between the Republican governor and majority Democrats threatens funding for roughly 850 districts statewide.

Governor tours Wisconsin by air to tout Foxconn agreement

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:21am

With an aggressive timeline to turn dirt before next fall's election, Gov. Scott Walker took to the air Friday to tout global electronics giant Foxconn's plans to invest $10 billion on a new manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin.

Markets Right Now: Weak retail earnings send US stocks lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:11am

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The Latest: Owners irked by business lost to island outage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:11am

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The Latest: Schumer praises GOP mavericks on health care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:02am

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EPA OKs pollution controls on new diesel Jeeps, Ram pickups

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:02am

U.S. regulators have blessed emissions controls on 2017 versions of Fiat Chrysler diesel trucks, allowing them to go on sale and potentially helping to resolve allegations that the company cheated on pollution tests.

Toronto airport warns labor strike may affect flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:51am

Authorities at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest, warned travelers that a strike by about 700 ground crew workers could affect some flights Friday.

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GOP blame-game begins after Senate sinks health care drive

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:51am

Republican finger-pointing commenced Friday after the Senate's dark-of-night defeat of the GOP's effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law, a startling vote that dealt a blow to President Donald Trump.

Obama-era retirement savings program for workers gets the ax

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:36am

A savings program put into place under President Barack Obama and designed to get more people to put away money for retirement is being killed.

The Latest: Wisconsin governor pitches Foxconn benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:36am

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US stocks follow other global markets lower

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:20am

U.S. stocks followed other markets lower on Friday after Amazon and several other big companies reported quarterly results that underwhelmed investors. Health care stocks fell, but by less than the rest of the market, following the Senate's latest stumble in its drive to revamp the country's health care system. Treasury yields dipped after the government said the U.S. economy accelerated in the spring but also revised down its growth for the first quarter.

Employer: Utah woman killed on cruise was trusted adviser

Rachel D'Oro and Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 9:00am

A Utah real estate agent killed on an Alaska cruise was remembered by her employer as a trusted adviser and valued sales associate.

Britain lifts laptop ban on some flights from Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:57am

Britain on Friday eased a ban on laptops and tablets in airline cabins, lifting the prohibition on some flights from Turkey.

Couple hugged before lying on train tracks in suicide pact

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:31am

A conductor told investigators in Florida that he unsuccessfully tried to stop his train when he saw a couple hug and lie down on the tracks in an apparent suicide pact.

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:24am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The Latest: Pakistan's Imran Khan hails PM disqualification

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:11am

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US employment costs grew slower in second quarter

Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 8:01am

Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.

The Latest: EU 'vigilant' on new US sanctions on Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:40am

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Exxon 2Q profit doubles from a year ago but misses forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:40am

Exxon Mobil Corp. cut spending on oil exploration, helping boost earnings to $3.35 billion in the second quarter, doubling its historically low profit of a year ago.