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Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:33pm

With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.

Man gets prison for killing 2 housekeepers at Ohio facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:30pm

A chef who admitted to fatally shooting two housekeepers at an Ohio assisted living facility could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Official: FBI probing attempted cyber breach of NY Times

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:31pm

The FBI is investigating attempted cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:20pm

Japan's Honda Motor Co. has resumed full production of motorcycles at a plant that was idled by major earthquakes in April.

AP NewsBreak: Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:10pm

Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.

Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:03pm

Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour.

U of Illinois flagship campus may have record freshman class

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:01pm

Preliminary enrollment figures from the University of Illinois' flagship campus indicate this fall's incoming class may set a record.

Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:01pm

Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

The Latest: Tour operator: Dolphin swims are life-changing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 8:22pm

The Latest on proposed regulations involving Hawaii spinner dolphins (all times local):

Qantas posts record $1.1 billion profit amid restructuring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 8:11pm

Qantas Airways Ltd. posted a record full-year profit of 1.53 billion Australian dollars ($1.1 billion) on Wednesday, after undergoing a cost-saving restructuring amid steep losses just two years ago.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 7:52pm

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

Utah city concedes Facebook data center race to New Mexico

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 7:31pm

A Salt Lake City suburb vying with a New Mexico town to attract a Facebook data center dropped out of the race Tuesday after state education officials decided the $240 million deal was too rich, adding their voices to a chorus of questions about the deal.

Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:40pm

A Missouri proposal to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs can stay on the Nov. 8 ballot, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The Latest: Utah city pulls Facebook race against New Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:12pm

The Latest on a Utah plan to lure a Facebook data center with $240 million in tax breaks (all times local):

Gregg, Holcomb tout agriculture as key to Indiana economy

Tom Davies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:40pm

The candidates to become Indiana's next governor largely sided with rural interests during a forum Tuesday while discussing agriculture issues.

How EpiPen's maker raised prices, and hackles, so much

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:40pm

Sky-high price hikes for EpiPen, the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions to foods and bug bites, have made its maker the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring drug prices.

Fugitive tech CEO expected to plead guilty in fraud case

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:52pm

A fugitive former technology company CEO who frustrated federal authorities by living comfortably in exile in southwest Africa for the past 10 years has agreed to return to the United States to face charges he hatched a scheme to pocket millions of dollars by secretly manipulating stock options and is expected to plead guilty, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.

Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:50pm

California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change.

Cheating site had inadequate security, privacy officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Privacy officials in Canada and Australia have found that cheating website Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies despite marketing itself as a discreet and secure service

States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.