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G20 governments endorse trade but tighten controls

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:21pm

Leaders of the United States, China and other Group of 20 major economies who meet this weekend say more trade would shore up sluggish global growth but are tightening their own controls on imports.

Ammonia leak at Spokane company prompts brief I-90 closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:10pm

An ammonia leak at a Spokane business has prompted evacuations and road closures, including a brief shutdown of a portion of Interstate 90.

Britain's May hopes to assure Chinese over nuclear plant

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:00pm

On her first visit to China as Britain's prime minister, Theresa May will try to reassure Beijing that she wants to strengthen ties despite her delay on a decision over whether to approve a Chinese-backed nuclear power plant in southwestern England.

Asian markets waver on mixed signals from China, Japan data

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:52pm

Asian markets were mixed Thursday as China and Japan, the region's two biggest economies, reported contrasting data.

Audi, Lexus and Toyota rank highest for car-seat anchors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:10pm

New rankings from the insurance industry show that the Audi Q7, Lexus RX and Toyota Prius have the easiest-to-use anchors for child seats.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on immigration

Erica Werner and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:50pm

Wednesday was supposed to be the day Donald Trump clarified his immigration stance. But in a key speech on that subject, he misstated facts about immigration policy, life for those in the country illegally and their impact on the U.S. economy.

Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:01pm

Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

The Latest: Rousseff supporters smash windows in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:51pm

The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

Grandma who lost savings wins $15M in case against insurers

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50pm

A California grandmother who lost her life savings in a real estate investment scam offered by an insurance agent was awarded more than $15 million Wednesday in a lawsuit against MetLife and two subsidiaries, attorneys said.

Judge dismisses Illinois social service providers' lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:21pm

A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers who wanted the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois, saying the issue belongs in a higher court.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:40pm

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Labor board orders Volkswagen to begin bargaining with UAW

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:31pm

The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to engage in bargaining with a group of skilled-trades workers who voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

AP NewsBreak: Ritz's office backed app deal without bidding

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's office approved a lucrative technology contract that state government officials said should have been subject to competitive bid, benefiting a company that later gave one of her key aides a senior job.

Uranium miner agrees to fix radioactive sludge leaks

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

A uranium mining company has agreed to corrective measures after two spills of radioactive sludge, the most recent on March 29 when some of the material from a Wyoming mine leaked from a truck onto a highway, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

UN body says Sioux must have say in pipeline project

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:12pm

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must have a say with regard to a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members, representatives of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said Wednesday.

Mexico president to deliver annual report on a troubled year

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:11pm

When President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his annual report to congress, he'll reflect on a year that has seen rising homicide rates, a sluggish economy and a midterm electoral rout of his party.

Samsung updates smartwatch, Lenovo ditches laptop keyboard

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01pm

Samsung's next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button.

More than 200 musicians support 'Blurred Lines' appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01pm

Composer Hans Zimmer, crooner R. Kelly and members of such bands as the Go-Go's, the Black Crowes, Linkin Park and Three 6 Mafia are supporting Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. in their appeal in the ongoing legal dispute over the hit song "Blurred Lines."

If 1 lens on a phone camera is good, are 2 better?

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:00pm

Apple isn't saying much about its next iPhones, but there's been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back.