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Police: Construction crooner found dead in apparent suicide

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 10:21pm

A karaoke-loving ironworker who briefly became a New York sensation for his serenades from a subway construction site has been found dead in an apparent suicide, a month after he disappeared from his Queens neighborhood, police said Friday.

7 killed, 2 injured in poison exposure at China paper mill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:22pm

Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gasses at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals.

Barge tips, vehicles fall into Victoria harbor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:11pm

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says a barge has tipped in Victoria's harbor, dumping as many as 20 vehicles into the water.

Secretary of state charged with theft, money laundering

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:52pm

New Mexico's Democratic attorney general on Friday charged Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran with embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations, further widening a rift between the two over enforcement of the state's laws governing campaigns.

Ex-Subway ad exec says he didn't know of Fogle's sex crimes

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:11pm

A former executive who was in charge of Subway's advertising says he wasn't aware of pitchman Jared Fogle's criminal sexual conduct with minors.

Brazil recession: GDP plunges 1.9 percent in second quarter

Brad Brooks, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:11pm

The bottom seems to have fallen out of Brazil's economy, with the government reporting Friday that the gross domestic product plunged 1.9 percent in the second quarter alone, once again throwing the nation into a technical recession.

Criminal probe into tribal lender includes Nevada partners

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:51pm

A federal criminal investigation into the former leaders of the Chippewa Cree Tribe's online lending operations now includes a Nevada company the tribe partnered with in its first attempt to offer payday loans.

Ohio State University trustees approve $4.4 billion budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:31pm

Ohio State University trustees have approved a $5.5 billion annual budget and authorized new construction projects that include a new student-athlete development center and multi-sport arena.

Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:11pm

Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out.

Stunt plane crashes ahead of NY air show, killing pilot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:02pm

A pilot died when his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley, state police said Friday.

Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 4:02pm

Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees.

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:21pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.

Oregon firm joins Wyoming university on research initiative

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:01pm

A scientific and technical instrument manufacturer is teaming up with the University of Wyoming on what officials say will be cutting-edge research to improve extraction of oil and gas.

US oil prices climb again after Thursday's big jump

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 3:01pm

Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years.

Fed vice chair in spotlight as markets seek rate hike clues

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:41pm

What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.

New Bedford firm recalls macadamias for possible Salmonella

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:21pm

Sid Wainer and Son, a New Bedford produce and specialty foods company, is recalling macadamia nuts due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:20pm

The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Feds win fight for access to indicted Paul aide's Gmail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 2:20pm

Federal prosecutors prevailed Friday in their yearlong fight to force Google Inc. to turn over the emails of an indicted Republican consultant with close ties to Ron and Rand Paul.

Nevada casino win down 1 percent; July revenue a mixed bag

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 1:41pm

Baccarat revenues in Nevada casinos continue to disappoint, but better showings among slot machines are helping reduce the hit in state gambling revenues.