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New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:40pm

A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Ruling could ease way for unionizing at fast-food chains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:02pm

It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Ex-lawmaker's role in Iowa Medicaid bidding faces criticism

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

A former lawmaker's role is casting doubt on the process used to select companies to manage Iowa Medicaid, with one losing vendor alleging she provided an unfair advantage to a winning bidder after working as a state contractor.

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:53pm

Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday.

For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:41pm

For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday.

Dole Food CEO, former top exec ordered to pay $148M

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:41pm

A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013.

Grain mostly higher and livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.

Grain mostly higher and livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Environment groups: Settlement not final in oil leak lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local)

FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:01pm

The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.

With eye on future foreign flights, Vegas airport to grow

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:51pm

Las Vegas plans to double the number of international gates at McCarran International Airport with the expectation that foreign travel to the destination will climb as officials seek out prized direct flights, particularly with Asia.

AP-Gold and Silver

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:41pm

The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,122.40 an ounce -- down $2.20.

Google rejects EU anti-trust allegations as flawed

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:41pm

Google rejected on Thursday a complaint by Europe's competition watchdog that the Internet giant is abusing its dominance in Web searches to promote its own products.

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:40pm

Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.

Sanford Health seeks patients to test Ebola vaccine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:31pm

Sanford Health is seeking 30 patients from Sioux Falls and Fargo, North Dakota, to enroll in a clinical trial testing an Ebola vaccine.

Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:31pm

Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.

UW private donations dip in last fiscal year

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:31pm

Private contributions to the University of Wyoming dropped for the second year in a row to about $46 million, a $10 million decrease from the record collected in 2013.