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The Latest: Illinois lawmakers pressing toward budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:10pm

The Latest on Illinois negotiations on a stopgap spending plan during the budget standoff (all times local):

The Latest: DOT head urges haste in rail safety upgrades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:51pm

The Latest on the head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle (all times local):

Board of Regents to consider beer, wine sales regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:31pm

The state Board of Regents is set to give final consideration to rules governing the sale of beer and wine at special events hosted at South Dakota's public universities.

Senate passes financial rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, sends it to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

Senate passes financial rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, sends it to Obama.

Battered woman defense planned in Kansas factory shooting

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

A woman accused of giving her former boyfriend guns used in a shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory told a court Wednesday that she plans to mount a battered woman's syndrome defense at her August trial.

The Latest: Canada Parliament wishes Obama 'four more years'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

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):

North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism

Kevin Freking and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:21pm

President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" who feed on economic anxiety.

Court dismisses suit over budget-fight holdup of school aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:21pm

A Pennsylvania judge is dismissing a lawsuit over held-up state and federal school aid during a record-breaking budget stalemate.

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

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:20pm

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.

Illinois governor, leaders negotiating stopgap budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:10pm

Illinois lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner were trying to craft a short-term budget deal Wednesday to ensure public schools open this fall and other services are funded while a fight over a full spending plan continues.

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

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:00pm

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday gave the green light to plans by major banks in the U.S. to raise their dividends and buy back shares, judging their financial foundations sturdy enough to withstand a major economic downturn. The Fed rejected the plans put forward by the U.S. businesses of two European banks, Germany's Deutsche Bank and Spain's Santander.

The Latest: McConnell says Trump's campaign has improved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:50pm

The Latest on the US presidential campaign (all times local):

Cleveland to spend $9.5M on insurance for GOP convention

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:30pm

A city of Cleveland panel on Wednesday authorized spending nearly $10 million to purchase $50 million in insurance to protect the city against claims during the Republican National Convention after a consultant concluded the city faces a higher risk than previously thought because of terrorism threats and volatility during the Republican presidential primary campaign.

Remains of 2 train workers found in Texas; 1 missing

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:20pm

The remains of two crew members who had been missing since a head-on freight train collision in the Texas Panhandle were found Wednesday, officials said, and the third missing worker is presumed dead.

Nevada getting nearly $12M for homeland security efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:11pm

Nevada is getting nearly $12 million in federal grants to ramp up its homeland security efforts and prevent terrorist attacks.

Court-ordered response to education efforts includes 4 laws

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:41pm

The Legislature's court-ordered report on fixing South Carolina's education system touts roughly $400 million in budget increases and four new laws passed this year, including one asking college students what would entice them to teach in poor districts.

Official: EU trade negotiations to go on despite Brexit

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:30pm

The European Union and the United States will continue negotiating a major free trade deal, despite Britain's decision to leave the EU, Europe's top trade official said Wednesday.

Giant diamond doesn't find buyer at Sotheby's sale in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:22pm

Turns out the largest diamond discovered in over a century may not be worth all that much.

It sucks _ startups look to redesign the breast pump

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:11pm

Ask many mothers and they'll tell you, pumping sucks in more than one sense of the word.