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Rebooting Greece: how to get its economy going again

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 10:22pm

After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet.

Asia stocks mostly down as China data weighs on confidence

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 9:31pm

Asian stocks mostly fell Tuesday as weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on sentiment and investors looked ahead to a U.S. jobs report later this week that could cement expectations for a Fed interest rate hike.

Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:30pm

President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:10pm

The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.

Toyota's quarterly profit up 10 pct on cheap yen, cost cuts

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:10am

Toyota's profit for April-June rose 10 percent on perks from a cheap yen and cost reduction efforts that offset lower vehicle sales.

Seoul reaches deal to salvage accident ferry

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 12:50am

South Korea said Tuesday that it had agreed to a 85.1 billion won ($73 million) deal with a Chinese-led consortium to salvage a ferry that sunk in an accident that killed more than 300 people in April last year. The formal contract could be signed as early as Wednesday.

50 Cent says expenses $108,000 a month; $72,000 for mansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 9:41pm

Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening.

States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 8:10pm

Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants.

Firing of town's first black police chief leads to turmoil

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 7:12pm

Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting.

Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 7:01pm

Poland lacks probable cause to extradite a Russian art dealer living in New York on criminal charges accusing him of knowing that an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II was stolen property when he inherited it from his father, a judge ruled Monday.

As special session resumes, still no agreement on budget

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:21pm

The Alabama Legislature on Monday resumed a special session on a budget shortfall the same way it began three weeks ago: with absolutely no consensus on what to do.

Hassan, Shaheen blame GOP for underfunding drug programs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:21pm

Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called Monday for a bipartisan effort to combat the growing problem of heroin and opiate abuse, then criticized Republicans in Concord and Washington for what the two Democrats said was a failure to adequately fund drug treatment programs.

Plush toy-maker creates 'Cecil the Lion' Beanie Baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:40pm

Toy-maker Ty Inc. has created a "Cecil the Lion" Beanie Baby to raise funds for animal conservation efforts.

Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58M debt payment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:30pm

The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment in a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.

Utah officials study new power plant greenhouse gas limits

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:20pm

Utah state officials said they need more time to assess how a plan unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama to decrease emissions from U.S. power plants will impact the state.

Pimco says SEC may take action against its total return fund

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:50pm

Investment giant Pimco said Monday the Securities and Exchange Commission may take legal action against its total-return fund.

Walker personal finances: more liabilities than assets

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:20pm

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker often talks about shopping at discount stores. Now we know why.

Officials calling Nevada solar future bright under EPA rules

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:11pm

Several Nevada government and business leaders said Monday they see a bright future for renewable energy projects in the state under federal rules tightening pollution controls for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Utah cities collect $25 of every $1,000 earned by residents

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

As cities and counties throughout Utah consider raising property and sales taxes this year, a tax watchdog group released a report Monday looking at how much residents already pay through taxes and fees.