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US markets rebound a day after big plunge

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:01pm

U.S. stocks rebounded in early afternoon trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. Oil prices continued to swing sharply.

Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

Erica Werner and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:32am

President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 10:22am

News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is returning to the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K.

U of I to add $3M to history building renovation budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:51pm

University of Illinois officials want to add $3 million more to the Natural History Building's renovation budget because of problems found during interior demolition.

Fed report finds economy growing at moderate pace in summer

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:32pm

The Federal Reserve's latest look at business conditions nationwide found that the economy kept expanding during the summer, driven by robust housing and auto sales.

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:31pm

The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, is accusing his company's critics of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:31pm

An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance.

Israel will keep fighting nuclear deal with Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:21pm

An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue fighting against the nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the United States and five other world powers.

Health care costs in Massachusetts surged 4.8 percent in '14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:21pm

The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year despite efforts to hold down expenditures, according to a state report released Wednesday.

Non-academic candidate shakes up U. Iowa presidential search

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:21pm

The University of Iowa's governing board is considering whether to hire a corporate executive with little higher education experience as school president, a power play that would outrage professors but please the state's Republican and business establishment.

Medical marijuana company delays 2 clinic openings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:11pm

One of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers is delaying its plans to open two more dispensaries this fall, including a clinic in western Minnesota.

New York reaches deal with Cooper Union, plaintiffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:01pm

New York's attorney general announced an agreement Wednesday that would end a lawsuit against Cooper Union and create an independent monitor into the financial management of the college known for its architecture, arts and engineering programs.

US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in 1st quarter

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:51am

U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.

Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:51am

A federal judge says he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.

Federal agencies asked to allow telework during Pope's visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:31am

The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal agencies to allow teleworking during the pope's visit to Washington to cut down on traffic.

Shipyard, plaintiffs propose sex-discrimination settlement

Brock Vergakis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:31am

Plaintiffs in a gender-discrimination lawsuit filed against a Virginia shipyard have asked a federal judge to give preliminary approval to a settlement.

Report: Some top baby monitors lack basic security features

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:12am

Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

Bend racing to cut ribbons before school year begins

Abby Spegman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:11am

Outside the computer labs with 3-D printers are glass-plated whiteboards for students to try out new designs. In a science room are desks that can be raised to the height of lab tables, all by remote control. Pacific Crest Principal Chris Boyd said his favorite feature may be the light dimmers in each classroom — it's old technology, but you don't see it in many schools.

Cleanup underway of small radioactive chemical spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 10:41am

Officials anticipate a cleanup to finish soon on a small, radioactive chemical spill that the University of Tulsa discovered on its North Campus last year.

Valeant will buy eye surgery device maker Synergetics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 10:30am

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it will buy eye surgery product maker Synergetics USA for as much as $192 million.