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State fair to open without rides after deadly malfunction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01am

A state fair, where one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart, will be open Thursday, officials said, but the rides won't be running until they all are determined to be safe.

South Korea's economy expands 2.7 percent in 2Q

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01am

The Bank of Korea said Thursday that South Korea's economy grew at a 2.7 percent annual pace during the April-June quarter as gains in capital expenditures and consumer spending offset lower exports.

Only on AP: Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aide

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01am

Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia's massive lobbying efforts in America's capital amid a diplomatic dispute among Arab nations.

UK orders pre-Brexit study of EU migrants' economic impact

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:55am

The British government has ordered an assessment of the contribution of European Union citizens to the economy, as the U.K. ponders how to structure its immigration system after leaving the bloc.

Nissan sales up but profit dips on costs, China slowdown

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:50am

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. says that despite strong overall sales its quarterly profit dipped in the last quarter, squeezed by rising costs and slowing growth in China.

China police detain Ponzi scheme suspects after rare protest

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:50am

Beijing police have detained 67 people involved in a suspected pyramid scheme after its members held a rare, large-scale demonstration in China's capital this week to protest the government's investigation.

China's Huawei posts slower first-half revenue growth

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:50am

China's Huawei Technology said Thursday first-half revenues at its telecoms equipment and smartphone businesses expanded at a slower pace than the year before.

The Latest: Turkish PM reassures German firms in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:40am

The Latest on the relationship between Turkey and the European Union (all times local):

No opposition from Trump as Obama drilling rules contested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:26am

A lawsuit contesting new rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land will get its day in court even though President Donald Trump's administration doesn't intend to implement them.

Repsol earnings rise on higher production, efficiencies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:20am

Spanish energy company Repsol says strong production and efficiency improvements drove a 65.3 percent increase in net profit in the first half of the year.

US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:11am

For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes.

GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on "Obamacare" repeal

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:11am

They couldn't pass a repeal of "Obamacare," or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law.

Volkswagen earnings rise in stronger European economy

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:10am

Volkswagen's profits rose in the first half of the year as the German carmaker benefited from increased sales in a growing European economy and it moved past one-time costs for its diesel emissions scandal in the U.S.

Suspects to plead innocent over Kim Jong Nam's assassination

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:05am

Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday, their lawyers said.

World shares gain on strong earnings, dovish Fed policy

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:50am

Global shares were mostly higher Thursday, supported by strong corporate earnings and the Federal Reserve's decision to pause its slow-moving campaign to raise interest rates. Asian shares got a boost from Samsung's report of record quarterly profit and sales.

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:47am

The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said.

US-Mexico border mayors convene amid high-stakes debates

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:47am

The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States begins Thursday as the stakes of debate in their nation's capitals could hardly be higher for the region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

California Supreme Court ruling could end bullet train suits

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:40am

A California Supreme Court ruling expected Thursday could help speed construction of the state's $64 billion high-speed rail project by exempting it from a key environmental review law.

Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:31am

President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops.

Foxconn: World's No. 1 contract electronics maker

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group says it plans to build a $10 billion plant in Wisconsin to make liquid-crystal display panels, or LCDs. Little known to consumers, the maker of iPhones and other gadgets is a giant in the electronics industry thanks to its dominant position in the global manufacturing supply chain.