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Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a 'McWhopper'

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:59pm

This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King asked McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."

Applications for US jobless aid drop to very low 271,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:38pm

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off few workers.

More ID, bag checks on Europe's trains after foiled attack

Thomas Adamson and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:01pm

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday.

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:40am

With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:11am

The grain elevator that towers over this small prairie town has been humming with workers loading crops onto rail cars destined for domestic and worldwide markets.

Professional works to teach students more about farms

Tim Gallagher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:51am

On a steamy day in July, nearly one dozen teachers file into a room at the Moville Community Center. This particular day of their summer "vacation" is filled with talk about corn, soybeans, wind power soil structure.

Orchard grows food, sprouts education on raising fruit trees

Nick Hytrek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:51am

It's hard to beat biting into a juicy apple plucked right from the tree.

Gunmen attack southwest Pakistan airport, kill 1, abduct 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 1:30am

Authorities say gunmen have attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing one official there and kidnapping another.

Sandoval's back from European trade mission. What's next?

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:31pm

Gov. Brian Sandoval and more than 60 business, government and education officials recently returned from a three-week trade mission to England, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Italy.

Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:32pm

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have likely begun to fade.

Study: Monroe could drop a few pant sizes

Scott Rogers-Star, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:30pm

John Humble jumped into the Biggest Loser Northeast Louisiana Edition at 315 pounds, coming off recent back surgery.

Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators.

Construction delays start of school year in Stafford

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

Students at a new high school in Stafford are getting an extra six days of summer vacation due to a construction delay.

Farmers, public gather at UI's Fruit Field Day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:21am

The University of Idaho recently held a Fruit Field Day to show off unique fruit and share growing methods.

After legal battle, Utah town to allow chain restaurants

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:51am

A small Utah town outside Zion National Park has repealed a ban on chain restaurants, clearing the way for one of the country's biggest fast food chains to open amid Springdale's mom-and-pop restaurants.

Russia denounces Latvian ban on news agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:11am

Russia says Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country — a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.

Rutgers researchers reviving historic New Jersey tomato seed

Martin Deangelis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:41am

The Jersey tomato has a special place in its home state's self-image, and not only because New Jersey's farmers grew and sold more than 62 million pounds of them last year, $38.1 million worth.

Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:11am

In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation's oil and gas industry.

UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:20am

British prosecutors say they are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.