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  • In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media at the White House in Washington. Scaramucci offered newsroom leaders a test on Thursday. They needed to decide whether to fully use the obscenities relied on by Scaramucci to describe fellow White House aides or talk around them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    White House aide’s tirade tests editors and producers

    NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential aide’s explosion of profanity while talking to a reporter about his new White House colleagues tested newsroom leaders Thursday, forcing decisions about whether to use the graphic language or leave much of what he said to the imagination of readers and viewers. Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications […]
  • One of police cars carrying Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah arrives at Shah Alam court house at Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, July 28, 2017. Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead not guilty when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday, their lawyers said. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    Oct. 2 trial date set in Kim Jong Nam’s killing in Malaysia

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian judge set an Oct. 2 trial date Friday for two women accused of murdering the North Korean leader’s half brother. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with the banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in […]
  • Feds expand probe into Ford Explorer exhaust fume leaks

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has expanded an investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs, adding two model years and nearly 400,000 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday night that the probe now covers more than 1.3 million Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model […]
  • Ng Lap Seng leaves federal court in Manhattan, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Hg, a Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted Thursday of paying over $1.5 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    The Latest: UN looking at next steps after bribery verdict

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire in a United Nations scandal (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The United Nations says it’s considering what do following the New York bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a U.N. center in Macau. Prosecutors say Ng Lap […]
  • FILE- In this June 11, 2015, file photo, from left, an iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are displayed at an Apple store in New York. The company discontinued sales of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple. The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones. The iPod product line still […]
  • Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife Angela Paxton, arrive for a hearing in the Harris County Criminal District Court in Houston, Thursday, July 27, 2017. A new trial date of Dec. 11 is set for Ken Paxton to face felony securities fraud charges. It's the third time a trial date has been set. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

    Texas attorney general now facing December trial date

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new trial date of Dec. 11 is set for Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to face felony securities fraud charges. It’s the third time a trial date has been set. Paxton’s case was previously scheduled to begin in April, then September. The Houston Chronicle reports that jury selection is […]
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talks to the media during a news conference Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Topeka, Kan. President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Brownback to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas’ Brownback still touts tax cuts as he heads to exit

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses and defended the now-repealed policy that critics said did not work. Brownback cited the death of the exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business […]
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, a model demonstrates a Project Alloy all-in-one merged reality headset during an Intel news conference before CES International, in Las Vegas. Intel Corp. reports earnings, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    Intel’s 2Q results top analyst views, lifting stock

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel Corp. more than doubled its second-quarter profit as sales of its personal computer chips strengthened and the company made further inroads in promising new areas of technology. The world’s largest chipmaker also brightened its outlook for the remainder of the year. The report released Thursday drew a lukewarm reaction […]
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Senate voted decisively to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. McCain said the bill’s passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. Never in doubt, however, was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing […]
  • Florida’s cost for losing lawsuits keeps growing

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s price tag for losing legal battles — which has included courtroom fights over drug testing, voting rights and gay marriage — continues to grow under Gov. Rick Scott. Scott recently agreed to pay $1.1 million to cover the legal bills of physicians and medical organizations in their successful challenge of […]
  • US court asked to hold off on decision over fracking rules

    DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration asked three federal judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to hold off on a decision regarding a major federal fracking rule implemented by the Obama administration. In March, Trump moved to roll back the rule, which was first issued in 2015 by the Interior […]
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks to reporters at the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Senate unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" because of opposition and wavering within the GOP ranks, in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. McCain returned to Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer recently. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Analysis: Vote yes, hope no for Senate GOP on health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vote yes, hope no. Senate Republicans want to back a still-being-written bill to erase some of Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law, but they don’t want the House to quickly approve it, send it to President Donald Trump and have him sign it into law. The uncharacteristic behavior was on full display […]
  • North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of them

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all “expressed their sincere regrets” about the incident and apologized, Fargo’s police chief said Thursday. Police Chief David Todd posted a photo on Facebook Thursday of Amber Hensley of Mapleton […]
  • Facebook and Verizon advance while AstraZeneca dives

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: Facebook Inc., up $4.83 to $170.44 The social media network announced strong earnings and revenue in the second quarter. AstraZeneca PLC, down $5.06 to $28.88 The British drugmaker reported disappointing results from a study of its lung cancer drug Imfinzi. Verizon Communications Inc., […]
  • Ng Lap Seng, center, leavesfederal court in Manhattan, Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Ng, a Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted Thursday of paying over $1.5 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Chinese billionaire convicted in United Nations bribery case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted on Thursday of paying more than $1.7 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done. The verdict was returned after a day of deliberations in Manhattan federal court against Ng Lap Seng, one of […]