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Grandma who lost savings wins $15M in case against insurers

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50pm

A California grandmother who lost her life savings in a real estate investment scam offered by an insurance agent was awarded more than $15 million Wednesday in a lawsuit against MetLife and two subsidiaries, attorneys said.

Judge dismisses Illinois social service providers' lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:21pm

A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers who wanted the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois, saying the issue belongs in a higher court.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:40pm

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Labor board orders Volkswagen to begin bargaining with UAW

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:31pm

The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to engage in bargaining with a group of skilled-trades workers who voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

AP NewsBreak: Ritz's office backed app deal without bidding

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's office approved a lucrative technology contract that state government officials said should have been subject to competitive bid, benefiting a company that later gave one of her key aides a senior job.

Uranium miner agrees to fix radioactive sludge leaks

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

A uranium mining company has agreed to corrective measures after two spills of radioactive sludge, the most recent on March 29 when some of the material from a Wyoming mine leaked from a truck onto a highway, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

UN body says Sioux must have say in pipeline project

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:12pm

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must have a say with regard to a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members, representatives of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said Wednesday.

Mexico president to deliver annual report on a troubled year

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:11pm

When President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his annual report to congress, he'll reflect on a year that has seen rising homicide rates, a sluggish economy and a midterm electoral rout of his party.

Samsung updates smartwatch, Lenovo ditches laptop keyboard

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01pm

Samsung's next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button.

More than 200 musicians support 'Blurred Lines' appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01pm

Composer Hans Zimmer, crooner R. Kelly and members of such bands as the Go-Go's, the Black Crowes, Linkin Park and Three 6 Mafia are supporting Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. in their appeal in the ongoing legal dispute over the hit song "Blurred Lines."

If 1 lens on a phone camera is good, are 2 better?

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:00pm

Apple isn't saying much about its next iPhones, but there's been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back.

Oil pipeline protesters disrupt construction sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

Arrests have been made in North Dakota and Iowa during protests against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:40pm

Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

McDonald's taps relative outsider to lead key US business

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:22pm

McDonald's says the president of its U.S. business is retiring after about two years on the job, marking the latest executive change as the fast-food giant tries to reinvent itself by bringing in a relative outsider to lead its flagship region.

Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:35pm

Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.

Tough economic outlook in Brazil after president removed

Martin Crutsinger and Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:13pm

Two dramas that grabbed global attention — the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the removal of Brazil's president — have now concluded. But Brazil is far from answering the biggest challenge facing the country: How can Latin America's largest economy climb out of a deep recession?

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:02pm

U.S. stocks took small losses Wednesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil and chemical and materials companies traded lower. That pulled the market lower for August, ending a five-month winning streak. The losses were small, and this proved to be one of the quietest months in recent history for stocks.

2 months later, flood-ravaged West Virginia town rebuilds

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:50pm

Two months after a freak storm flooded homes and killed 23 people in West Virginia, residents in impoverished Rainelle curl up in tents and campers at night while their homes are gutted during the day.

Energy companies pull US stocks lower as oil prices fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:50pm

U.S. stocks took small losses Wednesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil and chemical and materials companies traded lower. That pulled the market lower for August, ending a five-month winning streak for stocks. The losses were very small, though, as this proved to be one of the quietest months in recent history for stocks.

Central Idaho wildfire continues rapid expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:41pm

A giant central Idaho wildfire burning timber in mountainous terrain consumed another 26 square miles Wednesday, a day after torching 45 square miles.