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  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with ‘mean’ Republicans

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with “mean” Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing…

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis’ long-planned “dream trip” to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit…

  • Bourbon boom: Kentucky inventory reaches 40-year high

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s bourbon boom is showing no signs of peaking as distilleries keep up a production pace unmatched for decades. The state’s bourbon inventory reached a 40-year high last year, with nearly…

  • TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nr7oxnp)…

  • Fraternity tied to racist chant hires diversity director

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist video featuring University of Oklahoma students that surfaced this spring announced Thursday that it has hired a director of diversity and inclusion. Sigma Alpha Epsilon…

  • Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net

    Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net. The deal announced Thursday gives…

  • Ex-NYC firefighter who responded on 9/11 wins $5M in lottery

    NEW YORK (AP) — A retired New York City firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Carmelo Mercado was presented with an…

  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany’s debt

    LONDON (AP) — Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet. The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get…

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended June 28th. FICTION 1. “Truth or Die” by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Melody Lingers On” by Mary…

  • US stocks slip on mixed US jobs report, Greek fears

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department…

  • $18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in…

  • Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla’s second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles. The Palo Alto, California, company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time…

  • Intel President Renee James to leave chipmaker

    NEW YORK (AP) — Intel said Thursday that President Renee James, who has worked at the chipmaker for 28 years, plans to leave the company early next year to seek a CEO role elsewhere. James…

  • Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records…