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Survey: German business confidence drops unexpectedly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:20am

A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers' assessment of both the outlook and their current situation darkens.

Report: Iran detains Greek national for smuggled oil tankers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:20am

An Iranian state-run daily is reporting that authorities in Tehran have detained a Greek national they accuse of embezzling money from smuggled oil and selling three oil tankers for $100 million.

FDA: Listeria found in Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams kitchen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:40am

The Food and Drug Administration says Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is battling listeria again, a problem that disrupted the company's business last year.

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:41am

The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor.

Clinton's Gold Rush: $18 million raised on three-day swing

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:02am

Hillary Clinton mingled with Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson and Apple CEO Tim Cook, vamped in a photo booth with actor Justin Timberlake and dined with some of California's richest families on what was likely the most lucrative fundraising swing of her presidential campaign.

Thai farmers launch (bee) sting operation to stop elephants

Vicky By Huang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:52pm

To stop wild elephants from rampaging through their produce, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, set off firecrackers and even switched their crops from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don't relish much. Nothing worked, so the villagers decided on Plan Bee.

Bill provides $6.5M to bring fresh food to underserved areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:10pm

A lawmaker is advocating for $6.5 million in funding to make fresh and nutritious food available in underserved communities across Michigan.

Indonesia finds ship that was taken by disgruntled crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:20pm

Indonesia's navy said Thursday it has located a fuel tanker that was missing for a week after being taken from port by its disgruntled crew.

Sen. Manchin mum on EpiPen hikes by daughter's drug company

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:01pm

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin remained mum Wednesday as a pharmaceutical company run by his daughter faced mounting criticism for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:54pm

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

The Latest: Trump won't address immigration in Phoenix

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:50pm

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California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:21pm

California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.

Appeal seeks to overturn 'Blurred Lines' copyright verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:11pm

Attorneys for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on Wednesday asked an appellate court to overturn a copyright infringement verdict against them over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines."

Cruise line CEO details Alaska bear mauling of 2 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:51pm

A bear that mauled two cruise ship wilderness guides during a hiking excursion in Alaska attacked so quickly that there was little time to defend against the animal, the CEO of the cruise ship company said.

The Latest: Fewer casualties likely in quake damaged hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:51pm

The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

Japan authorizes $2M to study high-speed train in Maryland

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:30pm

Japan's ambassador to the U.S. says his country has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study on building a high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington.

The Latest: California governor promises more climate fights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:21pm

The Latest on the California Legislature's approval of legislation expanding the state's climate change law, the most aggressive in the nation (all times local):

Jury deliberates case of Russian man charged with hacking

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:41pm

The son of a Russian lawmaker made millions by hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and selling that data to other criminals, a federal prosecutor told the jury during his closing argument on Wednesday.

Prices up, choices down on Illinois health insurance market

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:21pm

Higher prices and fewer choices on the Illinois marketplace under President Barack Obama's health insurance law will make choosing a plan for 2017 a potentially frustrating experience for families who buy their own coverage, according to information released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Insurance.