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Cake: The new favorite mode for American political debate?

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 10:02am

It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular event, baker makes it, everyone's happy.

Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 9:20am

A Detroit-area community that targeted blacks by demolishing poor neighborhoods is scrambling to come up with money to finally end the case — 44 years after a federal judge found clear evidence of discrimination.

Greek stock market reopens with 22 percent loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:00am

Greece's main stock index plunged more than 22 percent as it reopened today after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country's latest economic crisis.

Officials in Vegas to voice support for EPA energy campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:00am

Several Nevada government and business leaders plan to voice support for a federal campaign to limit carbon pollution from power plants around the nation in an effort to address global climate change.

More than 100 vendors expected to attend defense trade show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:40am

U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are headlining the 14th annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show, where business owners can meet with federal agencies about military needs.

German automakers buying Nokia's HERE map business

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:40am

A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) and secures their access to technology that could eventually be used for driverless cars.

Charlie is an autism service dog in training

Tay Flores& Courier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:10am

Animal lover and trainer Julie Shaw wants you to meet Charlie, a 10-week-old Australian Labradoodle bred for calmness — not because he's so cute and cuddly, which is a bonus, but because it will help raise awareness about autism.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:40am

Idaho Power is asking state officials to rule that 10 solar projects proposed for central Idaho are instead one big project and should fall under a different set of regulations more favorable to the energy company. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission last week opened a case concerning Site Based Energy's project near Bellevue and is taking public comments through Aug. 14.

AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

Michael R. Blood and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:22am

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 11:30pm

HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion.

Obama to unveil final power plant emissions limits on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 4:20pm

President Barack Obama is moving ahead with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.

Efforts to repeal new tax could formally launch this week

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 2:31pm

Republicans angry that Nevada lawmakers approved a $1.1 billion tax package this spring, just months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike on the ballot, are launching efforts to repeal it and kick some of its backers out of office.

Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 11:21am

Nigeria's army is reviewing the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists, according to an order received by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Canadian rivers: Solution to Northeast's high energy prices?

Rik Stevens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 10:41am

Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely.

Idaho brewery to change name of flagship beer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 10:10am

An Idaho craft brewery has to change the name of its most popular beer after facing a cease-and-desist letter from another brewer.

Iran cuts welfare rolls to ease budget crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 9:51am

Iran said Sunday it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.

Nonprofit buys 2 historic movie theaters in Vermillion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 8:10am

A nonprofit trying to improve Vermillion's downtown cultural attractions has acquired two historic movie theaters with help from the University of South Dakota and other groups.

Community-sponsored agriculture produces satisfied customers

Wade Livingston-Mail, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 7:50am

"You know the worst part about this?" Pam McDevitt joked last Tuesday as she picked up her weekly load of produce. "The pressure to use up all this" — she gestured to the corn and cantaloupes and tomatoes — "before Sunday!"

Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 6:20am

Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part.