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Report on 'Deflategate'...Americans split on immigration orders...Stocks finish lower



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NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will continue its efforts to "protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play." He spoke after the release of an NFL investigation into what's become known as "Deflategate." Investigators concluded that it was likely that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs used in the AFC championship game, making them easier to grip and catch. The report includes text messages between two team employees, indicating that quarterback Tom Brady had asked that the balls be deflated below the level required under league rules. Brady has said he never made that request.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans appear to be split down the middle -- on whether the next president should keep or undo President Barack Obama's executive action to let some immigrants who are in the country illegally stay here. That's according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. It finds that even Republicans don't necessarily see a candidate's support for that action to be a deal-breaker for their votes. The poll was conducted before Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that she supports a path to citizenship.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for North Dakota's governor says a train was hauling crude from the state's oil patch when it derailed and caught fire today in a rural area. The derailment follows a string of oil train fires linked to the crude from the Bakken region. It's the first since the state in April required companies to reduce the volatility of Bakken crude before it can be transported. There's no word on whether the oil in today's accident had been treated. No injuries were reported. Twenty people were evacuated from a small town.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished lower as investors worry about the economy, interest rates and stock valuations. Payroll processor ADP said hiring slowed in April to its weakest pace in nearly a year and a half. Traders were also concerned that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said stock market valuations were high. The Dow dropped 86 points, while the S&P fell nine and the Nasdaq composite declined 19 points.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is going to keep more money in its checking account, in case of an emergency. The Treasury Department says it's going to try to run an operating balance of a little more than $200 billion -- which would be enough to pay the government's bills for about a week. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the daily balance has been around $80 billion. Treasury officials say they want to make sure they have cash on hand, in case they're blocked from raising money in the bond market by a storm, a terrorist attack or a cyberattack.

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