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  • A rally in support of a "NO" vote in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015.

    Greek voters are torn on taking the bailout, with the 'yes' camp only marginally outweighing the 'no' voters, a poll showed.

  • FOLSOM, Calif.— A falling staircase that killed a tenant at a Northern California apartment building was due to be repaired after another set of steps collapsed a year ago, the Sacramento Bee reported. Permit applications were filed in recent months for landing repairs at The Legends at Willow Creek, and at least one staircase was propped up with temporary wooden...

  • BEIJING— More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the country's free-falling stock market. The 28 companies, which had obtained permission from China's securities watchdog for IPOs planned in Shanghai and Shenzhen, said they would...

  • SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Well before dice start tumbling at new upstate casinos, gambling operations in New York are evolving to stay competitive. And in central New York, the tribe that operates Turning Stone Resort Casino opened a second, smaller casino and added slot machines to its convenience stores. Licenses are pending for three new gambling resorts in New...

  • MILWAUKEE— Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 President James Macon says the biggest sticking point is the county's plan to hire more part-time drivers, with fewer benefits than full-time drivers. On Friday, drivers rallied outside the apartment building...

  • They're popular in Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Marquette, especially as a way to visit small breweries. Laurie Ryan, owner of the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser in Grand Rapids, said the cost of liability insurance for her 15- seat trolley would double. In Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula, the owner of U.P.

  • July 1 came and went without a final agreement between the House and Senate on how Massachusetts should spend roughly $38 billion over the next 12 months. The governor wanted a two-week interim budget, but the Legislature gave him one that would cover the entire month of July if necessary, which was seen as a possible sign that talks were progressing slowly.

  • DENVER— Opponents of gay marriage have proposed two Colorado ballot measures in response to the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide. One measure would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. The ballot measures were filed Thursday by Gene Straub and D'Arcy Straub, both of Littleton, The Denver Post...

  • Normally, the flood of new grain coming in at harvest time drives down crop prices, and with prices already low when the harvest began, farmers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas were worried. Wheat grower Vance Ehmke said cash prices at his local elevator in the western Kansas community of Dighton dipped as low as $4.50 a bushel last month but have risen to about $5.50 a...

  • Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold, according to public sector and financial industry experts— not just gold futures or investment positions, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. But for the Texas comptroller's office, which has to...

  • One of the country's largest power companies, Southern Co., says it hopes drones can eventually identify storm damage in the Southeast and allow it to increase its routine inspections. "One of the biggest challenges is going out and assessing the system," said Andrew Phillips, who has directed drone research for the Electric Power Research Institute, an electric...

  • Keurig Kold, which will make everything from craft sodas to iced teas, is expected to launch in the fall, entering a space dominated by home-brewed cold drinks market leader SodaStream International Ltd.. SodaStream, the once fast-growing Israeli company whose investors have been watching the Keurig machine's introduction with trepidation, has seen its own...

  • VIENNA— World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. Officials had described sanctions relief as one of the thorniest...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.

  • TORONTO, July 3- An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto's request for an injunction to halt Uber's operations in Canada's largest city. "We are pleased with today's ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.

  • TOKYO, July 4- Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising...

  • July 3- A medical transport helicopter crashed during a take-off on Friday in Colorado, killing the pilot and seriously injuring two others on board, authorities said. The Flight for Life Helicopter was taking off early afternoon from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, about 70 miles west of Denver, when it crashed, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3- A key bill that will boost Puerto Rico's cash flow was signed into law Friday, the governor's office said, allowing the commonwealth to raise $400 million in Tax& Revenue Anticipation Notes from three public insurance corporations. Government officials have said Puerto Rico needs about $1.2 billion in cash to operate during the...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill late Friday that allows certain public agencies to buy up to $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes as the government of the U.S. territory seeks more cash amid a worsening economic crisis. Some of the new agencies now authorized to buy such notes are government insurance companies that are...

  • *PM Tsipras urges vote for "dignity in Europe". His European partners say a' No' vote will jeopardize Greece's membership of the euro. Tsipras says they are bluffing, fearing the fallout for Europe and the global economy.