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Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

Alanna Durkin Richer and Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:20am

The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of the law being allowed to stand.

Right-to-work foes raise millions more than opponents

Blake Nelson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:18am

The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its opponents by more than $4 million.

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:09am

and more convenient for consumers to get them.

UK's May faces fresh revolt over Brexit trade bill vote

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:03am

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced more rebellion in Parliament on Tuesday over her plans for the country's exit from the European Union, with lawmakers voting on a Brexit trade bill a day after she narrowly avoided a parliamentary defeat.

Louisiana's sales tax rate is second highest in the nation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:58am

Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely.

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:47am

About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of cutting coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

Site work begins for opposed oil refinery near national park

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:43am

A company has begun site work for an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.

Mom blames teen's death on packaging for peanut cookies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:14am

A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies.

NAACP lifts travel advisory against American Airlines

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:07am

The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying.

The Latest: Senators press Fed chairman on trade threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:03am

The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's semi-annual testimony to Congress on Tuesday (all times local):

Markets Right Now: After an early wobble, stocks turn higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:59am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Defense contractor Raytheon reaffirms its commitment to UK

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:59am

U.S.-based defense contractor Raytheon says it remains committed to its operations in Britain, even as other manufacturers warn that they may curtail investment because of delays in negotiations over the country's departure from the European Union.

US stocks rise as retailers and smaller companies climb

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:31am

After a weak start, U.S. indexes are higher Tuesday as retailers and smaller companies climb and investors applaud strong second-quarter results from health care products giant Johnson & Johnson and financial services company Charles Schwab. Netflix is plunging after the streaming video company gained fewer subscribers than Wall Street had hoped in its latest quarter and also projected weak results over the next three months.

Canadian ferry service details proposal for Bar Harbor base

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:16am

A Canadian firm operating a high-speed ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million to improve a proposed new base in Bar Harbor.

2 planes make emergency landings at Kansas City airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:15am

Authorities say two planes carrying more than 250 passengers made emergency landings at Kansas City International Airport.

El Paso Mexican Grill must pay $654,000 in back wages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:09am

A chain of Mexican restaurants has been ordered to pay $654,000 in back wages to employees in Louisiana and Florida.

Warren Buffett gives $3.4 billion to charity

Julia Horowitz, CNN  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:02am

Warren Buffett has donated another huge slice of his sprawling wealth.

Trump to host European Commission president amid trade spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:53am

President Donald Trump will meet with the president of the European Commission next week at the White House, days after labeling the European Union a "foe" of the United States.

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:47am

Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.