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The Latest: Trump wants Congress to return, OK Zika money

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:01pm

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Senate committee to scrutinize DuPont-Dow merger

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:00pm

The head of U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has called for hearings next month on the proposed merger between the DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical, as well as on broader issues of consolidation within the seed and chemical industry.

The Latest: Authorities say quake death toll at 159

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:40pm

The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:23pm

California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.

Utah jumps back into race to attract Facebook data center

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:21pm

A Salt Lake City suburb vying against a New Mexico town to attract a Facebook data center said Wednesday it's restarting negotiations with the company a day after the deal broke down over a contentious $240 million tax-break package.

Japan authorizes $2M to study high-speed train in Maryland

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:21pm

Japan's ambassador to the U.S. says his country has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study on building a high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:10pm

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.

Jury deliberates case of Russian man charged with hacking

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:52pm

Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, made millions by hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and selling that data to other criminals, a federal prosecutor told the jury during his closing argument on Wednesday.

Chicago Board of Education OKs $5.4B budget amid protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:51pm

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a $5.4 billion budget on Wednesday that relies on increased property taxes and additional state funding that is far from certain.

Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images agency

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:43pm

An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it's improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don't pay.

New Jersey governor vetoes bill requiring smart guns be sold

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:42pm

Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday rejected legislation to increase the sales of smart guns, saying the measure would make the state "inhospitable" to legal gun ownership.

Oil pipeline: The legal challenges and protests

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

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. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Wednesday he will make a decision on the issue by Sept. 9.

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

James MacPherson and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

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.

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

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:30pm

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.

Multiagency grants to help communities hit by coal layoffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:21pm

Communities in states hard-hit by coal layoffs are about to receive nearly $39 million in federal grants aimed at helping people get back to work. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor announced the following grants on Wednesday:

Pfizer on buying spree with AstraZeneca antibiotics deal

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:12pm

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is continuing its shopping spree with its fourth acquisition since the April collapse of its planned $160 billion megadeal to buy rival Allergan PLC and move its headquarters, on paper, to Allergan's base in lower-tax Ireland.

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.

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.