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Crude falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell $1.33 -- closing at $46.77 a barrel.

Gold, silver down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1324.40 an ounce -- down $16.20.

Dollar mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Lawsuit filed over railing collapse at Snoop Dogg concert

Megan Trimble, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:31pm

Lawyers representing 17 people injured when a railing collapsed at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against the venue's operator and the performers claiming they didn't take enough precautions to ensure concertgoers would be safe.

The Latest: Concert venue operator won't comment on lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:30pm

The Latest on the Snoop Dogg concert railing collapse lawsuit (all times local):

Department making changes in nutrition program due to cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:21pm

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says budget cuts have led to changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was formerly known as food stamps.

Cyber-charter founder pleads guilty to tax fraud

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:20pm

The founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educated thousands of Pennsylvania students has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

Maine land from Burt's Bees founder is new national monument

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:11pm

President Barack Obama on Wednesday created a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Utah jumps back into race to attract Facebook data center

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:11pm

A Salt Lake City suburb vying against a New Mexico town to attract a Facebook data center said Wednesday it's restarting negotiations with the company a day after the deal broke down over a contentious tax-break package.

Casino owner Affinity Gaming sold to New York equity firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:51pm

Officials say Affinity Gaming, the Las Vegas-based owner of 11 casinos in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, has been sold to a New York private equity firm for $580 million.

The Latest: 8-year-old pulled out alive from quake rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:43pm

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Pandora to release weekly show with Roots drummer Questlove

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:21pm

Roots drummer Questlove is starting a new three-hour weekly show on the streaming music service Pandora that will feature music, interviews and conversations from the Grammy-winning musician.

Explorer: No train or tunnel at search site for Nazi train

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:11pm

Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi "gold train" in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site.

Ex-University of Arkansas student files lawsuit in rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:11pm

A former student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the school acted with "deliberate indifference" after she reported that she was raped by another student.

Oil pipeline subject of federal hearing, small work stoppage

James MacPherson and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

A Texas company that's building an oil pipeline across four states was told Wednesday by the Iowa Utilities Board to stay away from the properties of 15 Iowa landowners until Monday to give board time to review legal issues involving a lawsuit.

Pfizer on buying spree with AstraZeneca antibiotics deal

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is continuing its shopping spree with its fourth acquisition since the April collapse of its planned $160 billion megadeal to buy rival Allergan PLC and move its headquarters, on paper, to Allergan's base in lower-tax Ireland.

The Latest: Federal court to hear pipeline-building request

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:50am

The Latest on the legal proceedings against a Texas-based oil pipeline (all times local):

Illinois officials: Pension change could be 'devastating'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says a pending move by Illinois' largest public-pension fund could increase the state's required payment by hundreds of millions of dollars.

After 147 years, nuns end affiliation with nursing home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

After operating a nursing home facility in St. Louis for 147 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor are ending their affiliation.