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Dismal time for Gulf oil = record low lease bidding

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:11pm

The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest on Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

Program aims to provide new shoes for Alpena-area students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:11pm

A Michigan organization is coordinating an effort with the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District to provide new school shoes for students in need.

Judge to rule on tribe's oil pipeline request by Sept. 9

James MacPherson and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:11pm

A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday.

The Latest: Quake rescue work suspended at Italian hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:01pm

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Montana school forced to cut nurse's hours due to budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:01pm

Sick kids at a western Montana school may have to go see the school secretary as the Lolo School District has had to cut back their nurse's hours due to a lost grant.

Online public school founder admits to $8M in tax fraud

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:01pm

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal tax fraud, acknowledging he siphoned more than $8 million from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.

Officers penalized for taking recruits to play 'Pokemon Go'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:01pm

Two officers in a suburban Denver police department that's under federal investigation are no longer allowed to train recruits after taking them to play "Pokemon Go" instead of teaching them.

Sen. Manchin mum on EpiPen hikes by daughter's drug company

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:52pm

As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum.

Illinois officials: Pension change could be 'devastating'

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:51pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says a pending move by Illinois' largest public-pension fund would increase the state's required payment by hundreds of millions of dollars, potentially leading to higher taxes or massive cuts to education and social services already suffering amid a budget crisis.

Bankrupt businessman seizes Moscow bank, then surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:51pm

A man who claimed to have a bomb seized a bank in the center of Moscow and took four people hostage Wednesday evening, but he surrendered peacefully a few hours later, police said.

The Latest: Pence, and perhaps his dog, gets a memento

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:43pm

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New Jersey governor vetoes bill requiring smart guns be sold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:41pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation to increase the sales of smart guns, which can be fired only by authorized users.

The Latest: Judge to rule on pipeline injunction by Sept. 9

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:41pm

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Chicago Board of Education OKs $5.4B budget amid protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:21pm

The Chicago Board of Education has unanimously approved a $5.4 billion budget that will include increased property taxes.

Markets Right Now: US stocks close lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:13pm

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The Latest: Jury gets case of Russian accused of hacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:11pm

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New York-area airports on pace to set records

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:11pm

Passenger traffic at New York's three major airports plus Atlantic City is on a record-setting pace.

Oil pipeline: The legal challenges and protests

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:00pm

A federal judge has heard testimony in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to temporarily block the construction of a four-state oil pipeline near their reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:00pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:43pm

Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.