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New TiVo DVR will skip through entire commercial break

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 1:04pm

TiVo wants to help you skip TV commercials.

AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 10:11am

A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

Money for school-funding issue traced to 3 big donors

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:21am

Two charities have poured $2.6 million into efforts to pass a ballot initiative that aims to guarantee public school funding in the state constitution. But where did that money come from?

Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:20am

As Alabama's all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.

US attorney appears to focus on political favors in New York

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:11am

Questions about whether campaign donors to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo benefited from his Buffalo Billion economic development initiative are highlighting the long and murky relationship between money and public policy in Albany.

Connecticut agency to play key role in Anthem/Cigna merger

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:01am

Connecticut's Department of Insurance is playing a major role in a deal that could create the nation's largest health insurer, leading a 26-state review of Anthem Inc.'s proposed merger with Bloomfield-based Cigna.

Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 7:21am

Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

Sen. Reed: GOP should revive Perkins student loan program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 2:21pm

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Senate Republicans to reconsider their decision to block a federal student loan program that he said helped more than 9,000 students in Rhode Island.

Head of Idaho Commerce Department stepping down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 2:12pm

The head of the Idaho Department of Commerce says he's stepping down by the end of the year.

Judge to decide soon in chemical spill company bankruptcy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 1:11pm

A federal bankruptcy judge says he'll make a final decision soon in a bankruptcy case involving a company involved in a 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia.

Former UK Treasury secretary Denis Healey dies at 98

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 1:01pm

Decorated World War II military hero and former British Treasury chief Denis Healey has died after a long career in British politics. He was 98.

$100M resort planned for South Tahoe's Edgewood golf course

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 12:31pm

A multimillion-dollar resort will put roots down on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe's south shore.

BP settlement agreement announced in July to be filed Monday

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 12:22pm

The public is about to get a look at details of an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:31am

The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.

UAS tries to draw students as programs fall to budget cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 9:00am

While programs and construction projects are dwindling due to budget cuts, the University of Alaska Southeast is looking at enrollment as a way to continue contributing to the Juneau economy in the long run.

Spanish police probe garages offering emission cheating

Harold Heckle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 8:40am

Spanish police have cracked down on a string of garages that allegedly provided customers with mechanical and software services that enabled their cars to cheat emission checks in a scam similar to that which has engulfed Volkswagen, a statement said Saturday.

Billings treatment center receives grant for inmate program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 3:10am

A Billings addiction treatment center has received a multi-year federal grant to help fund treatment and transitional living for recently released inmates.

United Auto Workers avoid strike at Missouri Ford factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 12:31am

The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative local agreement that will avoid a strike next week at a key Ford assembly plant.

China orders tighter mail security following mail bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 3rd - 12:20am

China's postal service is ordering tighter checks on packages following a series of mail bombings that killed 10 people and injured 51.