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Students help first lady harvest White House garden

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:14pm

A gloved Michelle Obama wielded a pitchfork Tuesday to show some student helpers how to harvest the sweet potatoes in her White House garden.

Clinton says she'll offer plan for 'Wall Street abuses'

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:13pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she'll offer a plan in the next week to deal with "Wall Street abuses."

VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

Ronnie Greene and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:04pm

When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.

The Latest: Diesel fuel disappeared after Vermont derailment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 2:51pm

The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local):

A rally in energy stocks doesn't lift broader market

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 2:44pm

U.S. stocks paused Tuesday, closing moderately lower after five straight days of gains. DuPont and energy companies rose sharply, but the overall market was weighed down by health-care stocks, especially biotechnology companies.

Feds approve exploratory drilling for Idaho molybdenum mine

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:32pm

Federal officials have approved a Canadian company's request to do exploratory drilling about 55 miles northeast of Boise to determine if molybdenum, copper and silver exist in sufficient quantities to go forward with an open-pit mine.

Lawmaker vows to continue push for workers comp parity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:21pm

The latest on legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):

Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:21pm

Protein and health bars at Wal-Mart are getting ready for prime time.

APNewsBreak: Senate panel probing VW's use of tax credits

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:14pm

The Senate Finance Committee opened a probe Tuesday into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widened.

Coffee combo: Peet's buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:01pm

Peet's Coffee & Tea is buying the popular premium coffee company Stumptown Coffee Roasters, bringing the once independent brand more into the mainstream.

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 4:01pm

A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a "platform for profit" by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday as he said still others may be arrested.

New Roku streaming TV device has 4K resolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:51pm

Streaming TV device maker Roku on Tuesday unveiled a new model that offers video in Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution, matching what's available with Amazon's new Fire TV device.

US commerce secretary in Cuba for talks on improving trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:31pm

The U.S. commerce secretary is in Cuba to talk about steps taken by President Barack Obama to ease the trade embargo against the communist-ruled island.

ESPN cuts sponsored daily fantasy sports elements from shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:31pm

ESPN is cutting sponsored DraftKings content from within shows but continues broadcasting commercials from the daily fantasy sports site. That's according to ESPN Outside the Lines host Bob Ley, who revealed the shift during his show Tuesday.

Idaho tax group meets publicly for first time

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:22pm

An Idaho committee is examining the state's complicated tax code to try to come up with policy fixes for when lawmakers return to Boise come January.

DC mayor announces settlement in Exelon, Pepco merger

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:22pm

Power companies Exelon and Pepco have negotiated a settlement with District of Columbia officials on a proposed merger.

Study: No fracking bonanza for California's Monterey Shale

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 3:13pm

A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California's vast Monterey Shale oil deposits.

Chinese billionaire finds himself at center of a new scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 2:51pm

For the second time in three decades, a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul is central to a scandal over whether his money was used to buy influence.

Resale values falling for Volkswagen diesels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 2:42pm

Resale values are falling for Volkswagen diesels.