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  • Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state’s open records…

  • Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

    LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones…

  • Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendum

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a “yes” or “no” will have on the country’s youth.…

  • NASCAR, ISC to install more soft walls at tracks by 2017

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is adding more soft walls beyond Daytona International Speedway. International Speedway Corp., NASCAR’s sister company that owns Daytona and several other sanctioned tracks, announced plans Saturday to install about…

  • A family divided: Emotions run high ahead of Greek vote

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris is voting “yes” because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting “no” because she is tired of richer European…

  • Texas wants its gold back inside the state’s borders

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place…

  • Flawed bailouts, political missteps brought Greece to brink

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse. How did it come to…

  • China to create $19B fund to support plunging stock market

    NEW YORK (AP) — China has reportedly decided to bar new initial public offerings of stock and create a fund to stabilize its stock market, which has been roiled by a wave of selloffs. Twenty…

  • 3-day Milwaukee County bus drivers’ strike ends

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages, despite a lack of a new contract. Union leaders say the strike ended as planned at…

  • A year of Washington legal marijuana sales yields $70M in taxes

    SEATTLE (AP) — In the year since Washington state launched its legal marijuana market, tax revenues have soared past expectations with state and local governments bringing in some $70 million. There are now about 160…

  • After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax…

  • Concerns over US winter wheat may boost low crop prices

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Market concerns about the quantity and quality of the U.S. winter wheat crop being harvested and the dry conditions in other wheat-producing nations have sparked an unexpected run up in recent…

  • Hungry students propose expanding food truck operating hours

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Victor Barkley, 16, wanted something different for lunch. Instead of the usual cafeteria fare, the Wheaton High School junior yearned for grilled fish from Go Fish, his favorite food truck. But…

  • Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor’s bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Analysts say Greek government’s hold on power uncertain, regardless of referendum outcome ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Whether Greeks decide in Sunday’s referendum to accept their lenders’ bailout deal or reject it, the government’s hold on…