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    ___ Contrarian's case: Why US could dip into recession NEW YORK (AP) — Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down. Employers in the U.S. are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the late 1990s and the economy finally looks ready to expand...

  • At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month. At least 13 people killed in the attack were...

  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday...

  • Siblings sue Arizona candidate over trust money

    PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit filed by siblings of Wil Cardon accuses the Mesa businessman and candidate for Arizona secretary of state of abusing family trust funds with spending on his unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidacy in 2012 and more recently to support a lavish lifestyle. The suit filed July...

  • Rival candidate wants probe of DeWine bid process

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's rival in the fall election said Tuesday that federal authorities should investigate DeWine's handling of lucrative collections contracts in the wake of a newspaper investigation. DeWine's office challenged the factual basis for...

  • Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high

    The price of oil fell slightly Tuesday but experts see geopolitical tensions preventing any significant short-term declines. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery fell 17 cents to $104.42 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The more heavily traded September contract slipped 47...

  • LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

    NEW YORK (AP) — LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals. LinkedIn said Tuesday that it is paying 90 percent in cash and the rest in stock for San Francisco-based Bizo. The deal is expected to...

  • First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink Up" campaign launched in September. The 3 percent...

  • US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.

  • Texas Crop Report

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Central: Soil moisture, rangeland and pastures, livestock and overall crop conditions were rated good throughout the region. However, lack of rain could soon start to slow forage growth in some areas. Cotton was in good condition. Some dryland producers...

  • 11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region. Seven...

  • NY judge orders 24-7 Argentina debt talks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people." U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan issued the order from the bench after describing why...

  • Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape. The only security...

  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Pass a bill or don't come back from recess," William...

  • Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday. Eugene...



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