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Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:42pm

U.S. stocks were slightly higher Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.

NYC landlords to face new limitations on buying out tenants

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:51am

Landlords hoping to pay tenants to move out of the city's 1.3 million rent-regulated apartments will face new limitations on extending offers under measures signed Thursday to rein in a practice that has come under scrutiny in a roaring real-estate market.

Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps

Pablo Gorondi and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:13am

Thousands of migrants surged into a Budapest train station Thursday when police ended their two-day blockade of its entrance, but the surprise move produced only a new swirl of confusion and anger as some migrants found themselves tricked into taking a train to a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers.

Production of renowned Ovation guitars to resume in US

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:03am

A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will resume making the renowned instruments, thanks to the efforts of factory employees.

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:11pm

Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.

Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:03pm

A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill business claims

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:02pm

Attorneys for BP told a federal appeals court Thursday that the company should be able to seek restitution of some of the money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:01pm

The Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

Disabled vet suing Reno Housing Authority over US labor laws

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:51pm

The Reno Housing Authority is accused of violating U.S. labor laws by hiring assistant apartment managers at public housing units to work long hours for only a fraction of the minimum wage, with no overtime, in exchange for free rent.

9/11 recovery workers: Congress must renew health programs

David B. Caruso, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:41pm

Dozens of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers gathered at the World Trade Center site on Thursday to demand that Congress extend programs offering money and free health care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks.

Denver leaders to discuss allowing pot in some clubs, bars

Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:41pm

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels are pulling the measure while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns that it could create "a bad chamber of commerce moment" if it passes.

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:31pm

Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever developed, federal prosecutors said.

Idaho park officials approve new corporate naming rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:21pm

Idaho park officials say the Idaho Legislature should have final approval authority in naming new and existing state parks.

Washington Supreme Court rules against Backpage.com

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:11pm

The website Backpage.com may not be immune from state liability law and a lawsuit filed by three young girls who said they were sold as prostitutes on the website can proceed to trial, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:01pm

Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated and cleaned up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Arcade-style gambling games inch closer to Nevada casinos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:41am

Arcade-style slot machines could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year says one game-maker now that a single regulatory vote remains.

Molina to spend $200M on behavioral, mental health services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:41am

Insurer Molina Healthcare will spend about $200 million to expand the behavioral and mental health services it provides with its coverage.

4 men accused of stealing nearly 1,200 student laptops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:22am

A pair of brothers and two other men have been charged with stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey after investigators determined their story about a theft didn't add up.

Leon Gorman, LL Bean's grandson and company leader, dies

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:11am

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80.