- House reverses course on LGBT rights for federal contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has reversed itself and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.
- Smokers and polluters in New Zealand hit with higher taxes
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Smokers and polluters in New Zealand will get hit with higher taxes as part of the government's economic plan.
- California campsite trashed after fraternity, sorority trip
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A campsite that offers a serene getaway by a California lake was wrecked after about a thousand fraternity and sorority members left a half-mile-wide swath of trash, empty bottles, tents and coolers after an annual trip.
- The Latest: University investigating mess at California lake
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on trash left behind at a California lake after an annual trip by fraternity and sorority members (all times local):
- Takata taps asset management firm Lazard to help recall woes
TOKYO (AP) — Money-losing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. hired financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard on Thursday to help tackle financial problems and massive recalls.
- Ohio airport to be named in honor of astronaut John Glenn
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.
- The Latest: Bill naming John Glenn airport passes in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on legislation naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn (all times local):
- Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push own budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Amid howls of protest from Republicans, the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a spending plan for next year Wednesday without considering any of the pro-business legislation GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants as part of a deal to end an historic budget stalemate.
- Australian lawmaker links trade dispute with asylum seekers
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister has come under fire for suggesting that a temporary ban on cattle exports to Indonesia five years ago hindered ties with Jakarta that contributed to an influx of asylum seekers arriving on Australian shores by boats from Indonesia.
- G-7 in sync with Japanese Prime Minister Abe's own agenda
ISE, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and fellow leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies will begin their summit Thursday with a visit to Ise Shrine, the most hallowed site for Japan's indigenous Shinto religion — one of many aspects of the gathering that dovetail with Abe's long-term diplomatic and political agenda.
- Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10.
- Feds say Turkish celebrity who faces prison is a flight risk
NEW YORK (AP) — A Turkish celebrity who lived the high life as he enabled Iran to overcome U.S. sanctions and deceive the United States and the international banking system for years is a flight risk and shouldn't get bail, prosecutors said Wednesday.
- Phones fuel great growth potential for US Internet gambling
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling has tremendous growth potential in the United States as ever-greater percentages of the public use smartphones, participants in a major gambling conference said Wednesday.
- Feds blame pilot error, lack of oversight in Marine's death
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal investigators blame the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the pilot and operator of a privately-owned military jet for the death of a Marine killed last year when the jet crashed into his truck in Arizona.
- 3rd person charged in investigation of coal exec's death
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A third person was charged Wednesday in the death of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield.