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Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:21pm

White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition.

US jobless rate falls to 7-year low; Fed move still unclear

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:51am

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

US stocks drop as mixed jobs report keeps investors guessing

Steve Rothwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:42am

U.S. stocks extended their steep losses Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report left investors uncertain about the outlook for the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy.

Brownback says Kansas public pension system on right track

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:41pm

Gov. Sam Brownback is satisfied that Kansas' public pension system is on a solid financial footing, though he said Friday that he's still open to big changes such as creating a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.

Chapman University, Arco settle toxic pollution lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:41pm

Chapman University and Arco say they have reached an out-of-court settlement resolving a lawsuit accusing the oil company of selling property in Orange, California, that was contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Contours of landmark UN climate pact starting to take shape

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:33pm

U.N. climate talks are plodding ahead toward a worldwide deal to fight global warming, with negotiators agreeing to start work on a draft agreement.

Ruling: More Nevada workers eligible for higher minimum wage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:21pm

A Carson City judge's decision about Nevada's two-tier minimum wage law could mean more workers are eligible for higher pay.

Coast Guard auxiliary members hurt in rec field plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:21pm

The Coast Guard has identified two auxiliary members whose small plane crashed on a New Jersey recreation field.

Weekly US oil and natural gas rig count down by 13 to 864

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:01pm

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 13 to 864.

Canada dismisses Chevron appeal in Ecuador rainforest case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:01pm

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an attempt by oil giant Chevron to block Ecuadorian villagers from using an Ontario court to collect billions in damages over rainforest pollution.

Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:54am

Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.

Applebee's moving from Kansas City to California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:41am

The headquarters of Kansas City-based Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar is moving to California.

Ex-son-in-law of John Gotti pleads not guilty to conspiracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:23am

A reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti has pleaded not guilty in Cleveland to charges including conspiracy and money laundering.

Judge approves $90M settlement for ex-Boeing workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:01am

A federal judge gave final approval to a $90 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by former Boeing workers over retirement plan benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.

Judge: New York town's day laborer law is unconstitutional

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 11:01am

A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional a suburban New York town's law banning day laborers from soliciting for work on public sidewalks, declaring its broad application could affect children selling lemonade in their driveway.

Maryland's Cardin to oppose Iran nuclear deal

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 10:41am

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran.

Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

Bree Fowler and Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 10:31am

The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

Maya Angelou's art collection is headed to New York auction

Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 10:11am

The art collection of celebrated writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is heading to auction this month.

Review cites problems at Texas hospital during Ebola crisis

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 9:51am

The Texas hospital that treated the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola was not adequately prepared for a patient with the deadly virus and stumbled because of communication failures, an independent review released Friday found.