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Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.
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Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:50pm
They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.
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APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

Jeff Horwitz, Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:42pm
Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
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Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B

Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:31pm
How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.
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Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

Kat Kinsman, CNN  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:22pm
The FDA announced Tuesday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The nationwide recall also includes nut butters sold in Smith's Food and Drug stores.
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Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Zeina Karam, Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 4:40pm
The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
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Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 4:30pm
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him.
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Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

Paul J. Weber, Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 4:11pm
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.
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China manufacturing drags on Asian stock markets

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  posted 29 minutes ago
Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.
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Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  posted 39 minutes ago
Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.
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McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 7:01pm
What was supposed to be a forum on agriculture turned into a political slugfest as the candidates in a key Senate race traded verbal blows on everything from attendance in committee meetings to allegations of improper campaign finance.
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Main subway line blacked out in Chile's capital

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 7:00pm
A power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.
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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

Emery P. Dalesio, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:40pm
North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.
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Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.
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McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

Adam Beam, Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:41pm
Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.
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Arkansas lottery to close regional claim centers

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 3:50pm
The Arkansas lottery is to close three regional claim centers in a move that will make an extra $381,000 available for college scholarships. Six jobs will be lost.
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