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June 2015 Edition

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Facing deadline, Puerto Rico seeks to overhaul power company

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico is preparing to overhaul its heavily indebted public power company as the U.S. territory's government faces a July deadline to approve a new budget and make a roughly $400 million payment to the utility's investors amid growing concerns that public agencies could go bankrupt.

Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first day of testimony for a former BP executive's trial in connection with the 2010 oil spill ended with the judge telling jurors they probably will begin deliberating Friday in the case against David Rainey.

Lawmakers seeking answers from Takata, US on faulty air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the progress of a recall of millions of defective air bags, pointing out that it's still unclear what's causing the air bags to rupture, which vehicles need repairs and whether replacement air bags are truly safe.

Dormitory at Ohio megachurch can keep its tax exemption

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A court says a dormitory associated with a televangelist's Ohio megachurch qualifies for a tax exemption because it facilitates public worship by providing free lodging for people attending services.

Health care enrollments by state

Health insurance enrollments under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, including those receiving monthly subsidies to cover policy costs, by state:

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday

U.S. stocks edged lower Tuesday as a slump in utilities offset a gain in energy stocks. Utilities dropped as bond yields climbed following a report that showed global inflation was rising from a low level. Energy stocks gained as the price of oil rose with a weakening dollar.

More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration said Tuesday. That puts the nation finally within reach of coverage for all, but it may not last.

Study: Minorities in retail get paid less, promoted less

WASHINGTON (AP) - African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their white counterparts in the retail industry, a new study showed Tuesday.

Study: Minorities in retail get paid less, promoted less

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study says African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their white counterparts in the retail industry.

Colorado coal mine appeals climate change court ruling

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado coal mine at the center of a legal fight over whether coal's impact on climate change needs to be considered before it is mined wants to make sure it can keep operating while it appeals a federal court ruling.

Senate rejects changes to House NSA phone collection bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected changes to a House-passed bill remaking a disputed post-Sept. 11 surveillance program. That clears the way for the Senate to pass the legislation and send it directly to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Appeals court sides with EPA on air pollution limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency complied with the law in deciding which areas of the country failed to meet federal limits on smog-forming pollution that can cause asthma and respiratory illness.

New Disney toys combine high-tech gadgets, old-school play

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney is launching a line of toys that combines high-tech wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing to keep kids moving while engrossing them in sub-plots from "The Avengers," ''Star Wars" and "Frozen."

Visiting vintage Havana involves some old-school hassles

HAVANA (AP) - Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. Here are eight tips for visiting Havana.

Airbnb offers authenticity and a few challenges in Havana

HAVANA (AP) - In the two months since Airbnb started doing business in Cuba, listings have ballooned to about 2,000. The website makes it relatively easy to find lodging in a country that's largely been cut off from the online booking systems most travelers take for granted.

House warns Senate not to change NSA phone collection bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans warned the Senate on Tuesday not to move ahead with planned changes to a House bill that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities.

Portuguese government wants better offers in airline sale

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - A senior Portuguese official on Tuesday gave the two bidders in the privatization of TAP Air Portugal three days to improve their offers, hinting the flag carrier's sale could be called off if they don't.

Ohio ex- lawmaker convicted of 13 charges including perjury

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain has been convicted of 13 charges including securities fraud, theft and perjury.

Maersk Line orders another 11 huge container ships

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it has ordered 11 huge container ships with an option to buy six more in a deal worth 12.3 billion kroner ($1.8 billion)

California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Dozens of California farmers aiming to meet voluntary water conservation targets submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless drought.

Concerns remain for 'Viagra for women' twice rejected by FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill intended to boost libido in women will try once again this week to persuade regulators that the drug warrants approval as the first prescription treatment for low sexual desire in women.

Media group to Turkey's Erdogan: Stop 'bullying' journalists

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday filed a legal complaint against a newspaper and its editor for publishing images of alleged arms-smuggling to Syria, despite criticism from a media freedom group who called on him to stop "bullying" journalists.

Concerns remain for 'Viagra for women' twice rejected by FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill intended to boost libido in women will try once again this week to persuade regulators that the drug warrants approval as the first prescription treatment for low sexual desire in women.

Abu Dhabi's Etihad hits back at unfair competition charges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' national carrier, has formally submitted a document to the United States government rebutting allegations by U.S. carriers that it receives unfair subsidies.

Media group to Turkey's Erdogan: Stop 'bullying' journalists

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A media freedom watchdog has called on Turkey's president to stop "bullying" journalists after he accused a newspaper editor of espionage and threatened punishment for publishing images of what the paper said were Turkish trucks carrying ammunition to Syrian militants.

Greece's creditors hold emergency summit on Greece

BERLIN (AP) - Greece's international creditors held an emergency meeting in Berlin to discuss how to push ahead bailout discussions with Athens so the cash-strapped country can get its hands on rescue money it needs to avoid going bankrupt, the German government confirmed Tuesday.

Free test-preparation program for revamped SAT goes online

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nonprofit organization behind the SAT college entrance exam has teamed up with a Silicon Valley pioneer in online education to make test preparation materials available for free starting Tuesday, a move aimed at making the college admissions race less stressful and more fair.

Late-night meeting at German chancellery on Greece

BERLIN (AP) - A German government spokesman says German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have met with the heads of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to discuss the situation with cash-strapped Greece.

Either way, no more NSA collection of US phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities.

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology - all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawmakers likely to question Amtrak on safety technology

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal safety regulators and Amtrak officials face questions at a congressional hearing Tuesday on why technology to slow trains that are going too fast wasn't in place before last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

Lawmakers likely to question Amtrak on safety technology

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal safety regulators and Amtrak officials face questions at a congressional hearing Tuesday on why technology to slow trains that are going too fast wasn't in place before last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 law suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out of court settlement in the tragedy's first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government.

Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 law suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out of court settlement in the tragedy's first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government.

Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

NEW YORK (AP) - Last week's heist of 500 feet of copper cable stripped from open-air rail tracks in New York City was particularly brazen. But it was only the latest example of a troubling trend on the nation's railways linked to the soaring price of copper.

Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night.

Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

MONTREAL (AP) - A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (US$12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada.

Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

MONTREAL (AP) - A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (US$12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada.

Argentine government rejects negotiations with holdout funds

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's government is again rejecting negotiations with a group of hedge funds that hold some of the government's bonds, arguing that the U.S.-led group has created a tense environment by harassing the South American nation.

Homeland Security to revise airport security after report

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday directed the Transportation Security Administration to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.

Homeland Security to revise airport security after report

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says he has directed the Transportation Security Administration to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.

Official: After 11 bodies found, funeral home may be cited

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The head of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors said Monday that she'll recommend administrative charges and license suspensions for a Toledo funeral home where 11 bodies intended for cremation were found in a damp room.

A look at where Greece, creditors could restart talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece has defaulted on its repayments to the International Monetary Fund and its bailout program has expired - leaving Athens to seek a third support package as its banks and stock market remain closed.

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.

Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

NEW YORK (AP) - Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.

California farmers submit plans to save water under deal

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.

On video, theater shooter says deaths increased his worth

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes believes he increased his self-worth by killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, but he regrets that one of the victims was a child, according to a videotaped conversation between Holmes and a psychiatrist played in court Monday.

US judge dismisses World Cup case against Malaysian gambler

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Nevada dismissed a criminal case Monday against a wealthy Malaysian gambler who was arrested last year after FBI agents impersonated Internet repair technicians to get a peek at what he was doing in suites at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's workforce is still dominated by white and Asian men even after the Internet company hired a woman to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Stocks rose on Monday after the release of some encouraging economic data and news of a big acquisition in the semiconductor industry. The gains were modest, but broad. Eight of the 10 industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index ended higher, led by industrial stocks with a gain of 0.4 percent.

New Jersey trial on gay conversion therapy set to begin

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jurors are expected to hear testimony this week in a lawsuit that claims a nonprofit violated state consumer fraud laws when it offered treatment it said would turn gays into heterosexuals by, among other methods, having them spend more time naked with their fathers.

US judge dismisses World Cup case against Malaysian gambler

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Nevada dismissed a criminal case against a wealthy Malaysian gambler arrested last year after FBI agents impersonated Internet repair technicians to get into his suite as part of a bookmaking investigation at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

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