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Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:06pm

Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it's beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally.

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder's re-election in Kansas 3rd

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:04pm

President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his "full and total endorsement" to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election.

A nonbinding immigration bill becomes campaign battlefield

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:04pm

Republicans and Democrats competed to make immigration an election-year issue on their own terms as the GOP pushed symbolic legislation through the House Wednesday extolling a federal law enforcement agency that some liberals have proposed abolishing.

Harvey Weinstein asks judge to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:59pm

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit against him, saying allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless and were filed far too late.

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:53pm

Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry.

Utah Legislature passes requirement for online sales tax

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:20pm

Utah lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation forcing online companies to collect sales tax beginning in 2019, although much of the new revenue has already been earmarked for a tax break for manufacturers.

Trump plans to nominate new Census Bureau director

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:36pm

President Donald Trump announced his intention Wednesday to nominate Steven Dillingham of Virginia to be the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Pregnant Disney dancer claims gender bias in lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:14pm

A former aerial dancer at Walt Disney World has sued the resort alleging gender discrimination, saying she was fired after she became pregnant with twins and went on an 11-month leave.

US Interior watchdog investigating Zinke's role in land deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:58pm

The U.S. Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with the head of an energy services company that does business with the agency.

Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:40pm

An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it.

AmEx 2Q profit rises, but there are worry spots on lending

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:29pm

American Express said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 21 percent from a year ago, as the credit card giant saw more customers spending on its namesake cards and a much lower tax rate.

Berkshire Hathaway stock jumps after buyback rules eased

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:24pm

Berkshire Hathaway's stock price jumped more than 5 percent Wednesday after it eased restrictions on buying back its own shares.

Baltimore seeks 'reform minded' police commissioner

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:15pm

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has post a job listing for the city's next police commissioner, seeking a "can-do, reform minded" leader.

Trump to promote job training at White House event

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:13pm

President Donald Trump is asking U.S. companies and trade associations to sign onto a pledge to give students and workers more job training and skills development opportunities in the face of impending automation.

Gov't report accuses agency of inadequate recall monitoring

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:04pm

An investigation has found that the U.S. government's highway safety agency failed to act quickly on a consumer complaint, and that could have delayed recalls of dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:00pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:41pm

Is there a backdoor to getting at President Donald Trump's tax returns?

United Airlines stock soars on more upbeat 2018 forecast

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:19pm

United Airlines had its best day on the stock market in two years — pulling other airlines along in its slipstream — after saying it can cover most of the increase in fuel prices.

US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:11pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama.

United Continental and Grainger rise; Devon Energy skids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:30pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: