07/29/14 09:30 AM
MARISSA, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois county has signed off on a planned $7-million medical marijuana venture near the town of Marissa. The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1nXHzIP ) reports that the St. Clair County board voted 21 to 4 on Monday in favor of the farm proposal,...
07/29/14 09:26 AM
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A lawsuit that challenges a new state law that sets Oklahoma’s tax on oil and natural gas production is headed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A Supreme Court referee is scheduled to hear oral presentations Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry...
By Becket Adams | 07/29/14 09:22 AM
Someone at the Associated Press, probably a social media intern who should know better, will likely get a stern lecture later today.
07/29/14 09:16 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. Hashmat Khalil Karzai was a staunch supporter of the president and had played an active role in the campaign...
07/29/14 09:16 AM
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.3 quake was centered in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, about 260 miles (418 kilometers) east-southeast of...
07/29/14 09:15 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months, as home sales remain modest. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous...
By Mark Tapscott | 07/29/14 09:05 AM
Traffic getting worse during commuter hours? Potholes from last winter still not filled? Don't understand why bike lanes are suddenly so important?
07/29/14 09:03 AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza on Tuesday. The high death toll comes as Israel has escalated its military offensive in the coastal strip. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the toll...
07/29/14 09:00 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer's second-quarter earnings plunged 79 percent from last year, when the world's second-largest drugmaker booked a business spinoff gain of more than $10 billion. The latest results still edged analyst expectations. The New York company said Tuesday it earned $2.91...
07/29/14 08:46 AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza official: At least 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday.
07/29/14 08:45 AM
A big one-time gain and a tax benefit helped drugmaker Merck & Co. more than double its second-quarter profit, raise the lower end of its profit forecast and easily top analysts' expectations. The maker of popular Type 2 diabetes pill Januvia and cholesterol medicines Vytorin and Zetia said...
07/29/14 08:30 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Senior Palestinian official offers 24 hour truce in Gaza, says he's also speaking for Hamas.
07/29/14 08:30 AM
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Reynolds American Inc. says that its profit rose by 6.7 percent in its second quarter, topping analysts' expectations. The Winston Salem, North Carolina-based company said earnings increased to $492 million, or 92 cents per share, from $461 million, or 84 cents per...
07/29/14 08:15 AM
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. The party's anti-graft watchdog,...
By Steve Doty | 07/29/14 08:00 AM
It'll be a busy day on Capitol Hill today, as lawmakers continue to work out major issues before the August recess. Immigration reform, Veterans Affairs legislation and foreign affairs remain on the docket before the summer break.
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