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The Latest: National Guard asks residents to heed warnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:30pm

The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:21pm

An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.

The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:01pm

The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):

The Latest: Video shows knife fight that injured US airman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:01pm

The latest on the stabbing of a U.S. airman who helped stop a gunman on a French passenger train (all times local):

Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:52pm

Idaho's federal nuclear facility can become the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy, the new director says.

Stocks gain as signs point to Fed keeping interest rates low

Ken Sweet and Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:33pm

Signs that the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for several more months pushed stocks broadly higher on Thursday, adding to what has been a near eight-day rally. Energy stocks advanced with the price of oil.

Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:32pm

Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming.

VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:31pm

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies

Janet McConnaughey and Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:21pm

Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75.

License suspended for nurse accused of reusing syringes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:03pm

A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company voluntarily surrendered her license, New Jersey officials said Thursday.

Subcontractor: I should've walked away before wall collapse

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:11pm

A demolition subcontractor says he warned the contractor on trial for a fatal building collapse in Philadelphia that a towering brick wall was dangerous.

NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:01pm

New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum wage is spurring similar efforts in states around the country — even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact an across-the-board $15 wage faces vocal opposition at home.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

The new director of Idaho's federal nuclear facility says he sees plenty of opportunity to make it the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy. Mark Peters says the nation's energy security involves the U.S. being able to produce its own energy in a system protected from attacks, including cyber threats.

Court: Hot yoga's sequence of poses can't be copyrighted

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:41pm

The founder of a popular form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees lost a court appeal Thursday to copyright a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises.

Appeals court rules for heirs of Santa Claus song composer

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:31pm

You'd better watch out: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is comin' back into the hands of the heirs of a songwriter who composed it.

Donald Trump appears in Vegas for campaign rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:21pm

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is getting laughs, cheers and signing magazine covers at a rowdy campaign rally inside a Las Vegas theater.

$338M fund in deadly oil train derailment close to approval

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:21pm

A Canadian railroad is withdrawing its objection to a $338 million fund for victims of an oil train derailment that killed 47 people in a small town in Quebec, removing the final obstacle to the settlement's final approval.

Puerto Rico to restructure Education Department amid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:11pm

Puerto Rico says it will transfer more than 600 employees from the island's Department of Education to other divisions and agencies in a push to reorganize the government amid an economic crisis.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:01pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.