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Chicago Board of Education to vote on $5.4 billion budget

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

The Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on a $5.4 billion budget that will include increased property taxes.

Appalachian coal towns hit by layoffs due money for growth

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

Federal officials say they are announcing "significant" investments in projects in Appalachian communities hit hard by layoffs in the coal industry.

Officials report Jordan oil spill in Red Sea, extent unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:00am

Officials have reported that oil has spilled from Jordan into the Gulf of Aqaba, but the size of the leak remains unclear.

Qatari state fund buys stake in NY's Empire State Building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:10am

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has made an iconic purchase in America — a stake in the company owning New York's Empire State Building.

Commodities giant Glencore trims loss after asset sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:00am

Swiss commodities producer Glencore says it narrowed its net loss in the first half of 2016, after selling billions of dollars' worth of assets to slash debt as global economic concerns soured the market for raw materials.

Health officials link smoothie shop to hepatitis A cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:50am

Health officials say an increasing number of people are sick with hepatitis A after ordering from a chain of smoothie shops.

Indian submarine data leaked from French shipbuilder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:50am

Sensitive data on submarines being built for India's Navy have leaked from a leading French shipbuilder with military customers around the world.

US oil and gas lease sale to be broadcast live on internet

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:10am

The federal government says that, for the first time, it's broadcasting an oil and gas lease sale live on the internet.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:01am

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.

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.