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Lavish features cut from over-budget Denver VA hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

Imported Brazilian stone has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, replaced by cheaper Colorado rock.

Official: EU trade negotiations to go on despite Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:01pm

A top European Union official says negotiations on a major free trade deal between the United States and the EU will continue despite Britain's vote to leave the 28-member bloc.

North America leaders defend free trade, resist isolationism

Kevin Freking and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:51pm

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico pushed back Wednesday on calls for walling off their nations from free trade, arguing that more commerce with the outside world is inevitable and will deliver measurable benefits for their citizens.

The Latest: Obama urges calm over Britain leaving EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:51pm

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):

The Latest: In ME, Trump rails against bad trade deals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:51pm

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Fed gives OK to 30 banks to up dividends, buy back shares

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:42pm

The Federal Reserve has given the green light to major banks in the U.S. to raise dividends and buy back shares, judging them to have a sturdy enough financial foundation to withstand a major economic downturn.

Governor asks colleges to skip tuition hikes next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:41pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Louisiana's public colleges against boosting tuition costs, after the schools largely escaped budget cuts in the financial year that begins Friday.

Startups look to redesign quieter, more comfortable breast pump

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:31pm

A growing number of startups want to make the breast pump more mother-friendly, using soft silicone parts or keeping their noise level down to make it easier for them to work and pump simultaneously. But it's a job easier said than done.

Texas energy company to end merger with pipeline business

Daniel C. Houston, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

A Dallas-based energy company's decision Wednesday to terminate a merger with a Tulsa-based pipeline company has relieved city officials who worried the merger would lead to an exodus of high-paying jobs from Oklahoma.

Kayne West, Adidas expand partnership for Yeezy line

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:20pm

Rapper Kanye West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs.

Markets Right Now: US stocks regain ground in a broad rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

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The Latest: Deputy Labour leader: 'My party is in peril'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

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Congress edges closer to passing Puerto Rico rescue package

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:11pm

Congress edged closer to delivering relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico as the Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for passage of a last-minute financial rescue package for the territory of 3.5 million Americans.

Alaska governor limits annual oil-wealth checks to $1,000

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:51pm

Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska's governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state's oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout.

Michigan governor signs budget with $165M more for Flint

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:51pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $38.6 billion budget bill Wednesday that will more than triple state spending on the water emergency in Flint.

US judge considers fate of new Florida abortion law

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:31pm

A federal judge was asked Wednesday to block a sweeping new law that puts restrictions on abortion clinics in Florida, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law with some similar features.

Delaware lawmakers scrounging for capital budget funding

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

Delaware lawmakers are combing through state accounts to scrounge up enough money for a capital budget for the fiscal year starting Friday.

Egypt parliament passes budget aiming for 5.2 percent growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:50pm

Egypt's parliament approved a draft budget on Wednesday projecting 5.2 percent growth for the coming year and a slightly lower deficit, despite a lingering economic crisis and a downturn in the vital tourism sector.

EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain

Raf Casert and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:41pm

European Union leaders drew a stark line along the British Channel on Wednesday, telling the U.K. that it cannot keep valuable business links with its former continental partners in a seamless single EU market, if it doesn't also accept European workers.