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Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

California governor signs bill banning coal-export funding

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals.

Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:50pm

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.

Wyoming legislative panel dismisses ethics complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:40pm

A Wyoming legislative panel has dismissed a complaint that accused a state senator of ethics violations for voting to approve funding for an abandoned mine land reclamation program that has issued contracts to his company.

Court sides with Trader Joe's in suit over alleged knockoff

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who purchased the company's products and resold them in Canada at "Pirate Joe's," a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe's, a federal appeals court said Friday.

Appeals court rules NYC can use GPS to track taxi drivers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that New York City can track taxi drivers by using their cabs' GPS systems.

Illinois' pension payment expected to increase by $400M

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

Illinois' contribution to the state's largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year because the board overseeing the account on Friday lowered its expected rate of return on investments.

Biden: $2.45B loan for Amtrak upgrades in Northeast Corridor

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:00pm

Amtrak is receiving a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to buy new trains, upgrade tracks and make platform improvements along the busy Northeast corridor, the largest such loan ever by the Department of Transportation, officials announced Friday.

Report: Texas flouted federal aquifer rules for 34 years

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:00pm

Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.

Maker recalls fresh-cut vegetables from stores in Southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:40pm

Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Icahn says he has bought more Herbalife shares

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:25pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn insists that he's still in Herbalife's camp, saying he bought 2.3 million more Herbalife shares Friday and that he never gave an order to sell his $1 billion stake in the supplements and weight-loss products company.

Killing of 2 nuns leaves gaping hole in poor community

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:12pm

In the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:11pm

Stocks ended on a weak note Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market. Phone companies and utilities, which would suffer if interest rates rose and investors looked elsewhere for income, fell more than the rest of the market.

Stocks end mostly lower after Yellen speech

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:11pm

Stocks ended mostly lower on Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market.

US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:01pm

The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.

Governor offers $4.5M for troubled Milwaukee neighborhood

Gretchen Ehlke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:00pm

State officials promised $4.5 million for job creation and other economic assistance for Milwaukee's north side on Friday, hours before nearly 2,000 people showed up for the funeral of a black man fatally shot by police.

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:00pm

Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

Worms found in burgers at 2 Kentucky McDonald's restaurants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:50pm

At least two people have reported finding worms in food from McDonald's restaurants in two Kentucky communities.

Judge refuses to suspend California's assisted death law

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:41pm

A California judge on Friday rejected a request by physicians to immediately suspend a new state law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.

Court filings illuminate both sides' fears in bridge case

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:33pm

The latest federal court filings in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case shed light on what each side is worried about, and how wide the alleged political revenge plot in New Jersey may have spread.