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North Dakota seeks federal money for pipeline protest costs

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 3:03pm

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.

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.

MGM banks on never-used anti-terrorism law in suing victims

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:51pm

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.

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.

AP Explains: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo remains hot topic

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:43pm

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico has introduced a bill aimed at giving Hispanic families stronger measures to review claims of lost lands under the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo — the treaty that ended the U.S.-Mexican War.

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.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

Matthew Perrone and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:23pm

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.

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.

Long-delayed, budget-busting VA hospital to open in Colorado

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:01pm

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

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.

Idaho unemployment holds steady at 2.9 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:04pm

Idaho's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 2.9 percent.

India's Parliament rejects no confidence against motion

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 11:59am

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated and defeated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 11:09am

Ringed by a handful of cheering activist supporters, liberal House Democrats gathered outside the Capitol this week to announce they were forming a caucus to seek "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care.

UK PM May and her Brexit vision get little sympathy from EU

Gregory Katz and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 10:59am

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May found little sympathy Friday from the European Union's 27 other nations in her quest for more flexibility in Brexit talks, as the time to negotiate an amicable divorce between Britain and the EU dwindles down.