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Ohio State Fair opens but rides closed after deadly accident

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:03am

The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

The Latest: Governor won't speculate on deadly fair accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:03am

The Latest on Ohio State Fair's deadly accident when a ride broke apart. (all times local):

US stocks rise, led by media and phone companies

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

U.S. stocks are on track to set more records Thursday as media companies and phone companies rise. Verizon Communications and Comcast are climbing after their second-quarter reports, while Facebook jumps as investors are pleased with its earnings, advertising revenue, and spending. Health care companies are lagging the rest of the market.

AP names Sanz US South deputy director for newsgathering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

The Associated Press has named Alex Sanz as its new deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. South, a position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states.

Markets Right Now: Earnings drive more stock gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

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

Dunkin testing removal of non-breakfast sandwiches

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:51am

Dunkin' Donuts is testing the removal of non-breakfast sandwiches as it looks to simplify its U.S. menu and attract more customers.

France nationalizing shipyard amid Italian takeover interest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:30am

The French government is nationalizing the country's emblematic Saint Nazaire shipyard to ensure an Italian company does not take it over at the end of the week.

After scandal, UK-based Libor financial benchmark nears end

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

British regulators suggest that the end is near for Libor, the financial benchmark that was at the heart of a global market-rigging scandal.

Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

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.

Gaza power-sharing deal moves ahead with parliament meeting

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

Rival Palestinian lawmakers came together for the first time in a decade on Thursday in Gaza's parliament, the latest sign that an emerging Gaza power-sharing deal between the territory's Hamas rulers and a former Gaza strongman is moving forward.

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aides amid crisis

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by former top campaign aides to President Donald Trump 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.

Foxconn hands Walker 'grand slam home run'

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:51am

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker just got what may be the biggest political boost of his career, and it couldn't have come at a much better time.

Why you still can't ditch your cable box

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:41am

Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

Southwest reports lower 2Q profit, weak revenue outlook

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:41am

Shares of Southwest Airlines fell Thursday after the company offered a weak forecast for a key revenue figure in the third quarter.

German minister: too soon to bury the combustion engine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:11am

Germany's transport minister said Thursday that it's too soon to talk about burying the combustion engine, underlining his government's reluctance to follow Britain and others in banning the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline from 2040.

US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:50am

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.

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 being brought home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:50am

A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction's campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum.

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

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:40am

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.

Acropolis, other Greek sites to open as guards scrap strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:40am

The Acropolis and other ancient monuments and museums in Athens will be open this weekend after Greek Culture Ministry employees called off a planned two-day strike.

Demand overseas keeps Mustang on top despite lower US sales

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:40am

On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near his home in Sweden. Or you might see Chris Fitzpatrick polishing his 1967 Mustang convertible in Auckland, New Zealand. Guo Xin might be working on a Mustang in his car repair shop in Beijing, while in England, a happy bride and groom drive off in a Mustang GT California Special.