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Boston mayor wants ban on chewing tobacco at ballparks

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 10:22pm

From iconic Fenway Park to little league fields in Southie, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to ban the use of snuff and chewing tobacco in sports venues across the city.

Asian stocks mostly higher as investors await US data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 10:20pm

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as investors waited for U.S. jobs data to assess when the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates that have been at a record low.

Bush earned over $9 million from business, speaking gigs

Jeff Horwitz and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:02pm

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million over the last 17 months from speaking fees and an assortment of business interests, including a health services firm in Puerto Rico and an online lending operation, according to newly released financial records.

Portland accepting last of proposals for solar projects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 5th - 2:11am

Portland is almost finished accepting proposals to convert rooftops in the city into projects that generate solar-powered electricity.

The Latest: Gray wins Democratic nomination for governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 5th - 12:20am

The latest on Mississippi primary elections (all times local):

At least 24 killed, 300 rescued after trains derail in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:00pm

Two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 24 people, officials said Wednesday. More than 300 people have been rescued.

Kerry urges peaceful resolutions to South China Sea disputes

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 10:30pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday urged China to end provocative land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and work out effective resolutions to territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors that have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest commercial sea lanes.

Service restored after phone outages reported in Southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 8:01pm

Phone carriers say some customers in the Southeast who experienced outages with wireless and wired service have had service restored.

Alabama House committee votes down cigarette tax

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:11pm

A legislative committee on Tuesday voted down a proposed hike in Alabama's cigarette tax, killing one of Gov. Robert Bentley's major proposals for filling a hole in the state's general fund budget.

2 plead guilty in $3.8 million mortgage scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:00pm

A former Las Vegas couple has pleaded guilty in a $3.8 million mortgage modification scam that authorities say defrauded more than 400 homeowners.

Kansas ends $25 limit on ATM withdrawals of cash benefits

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:51pm

Kansas has eliminated a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards over concerns from U.S. officials about the much-criticized part of a larger effort to ensure that poor families use their benefits for necessities and not alcohol, gambling or luxuries such as concerts or tattoos.

GM to invest $877 million to upgrade oldest assembly plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:01pm

General Motors says it's investing $877 million to upgrade an assembly plant in Flint.

Woman can go ahead with lawsuit alleging Facebook defamation

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:43pm

A teacher who said her ex-boyfriend broke into her Facebook account and sent malicious sexual statements can proceed with her lawsuit, a court decided Tuesday as it further defined how long someone can wait to bring computer-related claims.

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:42pm

Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent.

MGM Resorts pitches profit plan, 2Q results beat forecasts

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:31pm

Casino giant MGM Resorts International has a cost-cutting and revenue-boosting plan it says will earn it an extra $300 million annually before taxes and other costs by 2017, with most centering on the Las Vegas Strip.

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:01pm

Netflix is letting new parents on its payroll to take up to a year's paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent.

IMF signals delay on adding China to currency basket

Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:01pm

The staff of the International Monetary Fund is recommending that China wait until at least October 2016 to join an exclusive club of the world's top currencies.

More than 380 in US sickened by cilantro-linked infection

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:52pm

More than 380 people in 26 U.S. states have been diagnosed with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste, two federal agencies said Tuesday.

Large explosion rocks southeast Missouri aluminum plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:41pm

A massive explosion rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant Tuesday, injuring some workers and creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.