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UK's fragile government faces challenge over austerity

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:17am

Britain's Conservative minority government faced its first test in Parliament since the June 8 election on Wednesday, as lawmakers voted on an opposition demand for an end to public spending cuts.

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Companies weigh cyberattack cost, with Ukraine hit hard

Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:17am

Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals, and banks. Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets — though everyday life remained affected, with cash machines out of order.

South Africa approves export of 800 lion skeletons this year

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:17am

Some 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions can be legally exported from South Africa this year, the government said Wednesday, meeting demand for the bones in parts of Asia while alarming critics who believe the policy threatens Africa's wild lions.

Westinghouse blocked in bid to seek $2B over nuclear plants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:17am

A Delaware court has reversed a decision that would have let Westinghouse Electric Co. try to recoup about $2 billion from a business partner over cost overruns at nuclear plant projects in Georgia and South Carolina.

Greece eyes market return as debt dispute still simmering

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:10am

Greece is on target to tap bond markets for money again by the end of this year and exit its bailout program next summer, European creditors said Wednesday.

US to seek more security on international flights

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:02am

The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security for international flights bound to the United States.

Correction: F Lee Bailey-Bankruptcy story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

In a story June 27 about F. Lee Bailey's bankruptcy, The Associated Press incorrectly identified his bankruptcy attorney. The attorney is James Molleur, not John Molleur.

Three Mile Island notifies regulators of intent to close

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

The owners of the Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant have formally notified regulators and a regional power grid operator of their previously announced intentions to close the plant.

Blue Apron slices share price range, hinting at tough market

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

Blue Apron, the meal-kit delivery company, is slashing the price it expects to sell its shares by as much as 40 percent, a sign that the company may be having trouble attracting investors.

Board: Pipeline security company operated without license

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:56am

North Dakota regulators say a private security firm hired by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline operated in the state without a license and has continued doing so since being denied one.

7 couples from same town charged with public benefits fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:46am

Seven married couples from the same New Jersey shore town, including a rabbi and his wife, now face charges that they misrepresented their income to get a combined $2 million in public welfare benefits they weren't entitled to.

2 railroad workers struck, killed on tracks in Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:45am

Two railroad workers were killed when they were hit by an Amtrak train that was approaching a station in Washington.

US pending home sales slip for 3rd straight month

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:34am

Americans signed fewer contracts to buy homes in May, the third straight monthly decline and evidence that a shortage of homes for sale has suppressed home-buying.

Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:27am

A subway train derailment that injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays is being blamed on human error, not a track defect.

Japan carrier apologizes to disabled man over tarmac stairs

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:27am

A Japanese airline said Wednesday it has apologized for making a wheelchair user hoist himself up a staircase from the tarmac to board his flight.

ABC: Settlement reached in 'pink slime' defamation lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:26am

ABC News has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company's lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime," the TV network said Wednesday.

The Latest: Fatal Amtrak accident impacts commuter trains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:26am

The Latest on an accident involving an Amtrak train near Washington's Union Station on (all times local):

Samsung investing $380M in Newberry, creating 950 jobs

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:26am

Samsung is investing $380 million in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, creating an estimated 950 jobs over the next three years.

Biggest South African airport probes possible insider crimes

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:17am

South African authorities are investigating whether any workers at Johannesburg's main international airport have helped robbers who follow arriving travelers and mug them at their homes or other destinations.