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New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:51pm

Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday.

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

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11pm

Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began.

Hospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:11pm

A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.

New indictment adds charges against Washington state auditor

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01pm

A new indictment from a federal grand jury on Thursday added money laundering and tax evasion counts to a long list of charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, who has been on unpaid leave while fighting allegations that he stole more than $1 million from clients of his former business.

Metrolink evaluating train car safety in wake of accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:52pm

Metrolink is evaluating the safety of its crash-resistant cars and removing them from the front of trains in the wake of a deadly Southern California derailment, the railroad said Thursday.

California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:51pm

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle registrations and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation.

Norovirus suspected for Chipotle illnesses in Simi Valley

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:41pm

Health officials say a foodborne virus may have sickened nearly 100 customers and employees last month at a Chipotle restaurant in Ventura County.

Disabled vet suing Reno Housing Authority over US labor laws

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:41pm

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.

Airman who helped stop train attack set to return to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:51pm

The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train is on his way back to his native California.

Companies to stop 'revenge makeover' ads using ex-governor

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41pm

Two online marketing companies that ceased publishing ads depicting former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as an over-the-hill divorcee who needed a "revenge makeover" could still face legal action from her.

US Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:21pm

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world.

New indictment adds money laundering to charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:21pm

New indictment adds money laundering to charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley .

Business expert picked as next University of Iowa president

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

The University of Iowa's governing board on Thursday named a corporate management expert with little higher education experience as the school's next president, an unusual choice meant to shake up the culture of the state's flagship academic institution.

Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.

Southwest reaches contract with pilots pending ratification

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:00pm

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 fully developed, federal prosecutors said.

BYU health plan doesn't meet US contraception, cost rules

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:41pm

Some students at Brigham Young University could face hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health plan, which doesn't comply with federal law in part because it doesn't cover birth control.

Supporters withdraw push for marijuana ballot measure

Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31pm

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels withdrew the measure Thursday while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns the measure could hurt Denver's reputation.

Settlement over decade-old Gulf oil leak filed in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:54pm

Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.