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Labor board orders Volkswagen to begin bargaining with UAW

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:10pm

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

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.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:43pm

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.

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.

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

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:02pm

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

NRC: Uranium miner agrees to fix radioactive sludge leaks

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:01pm

A uranium mining company has agreed to take corrective measures after radioactive sludge from a Wyoming mine leaked from a truck onto a highway in southeastern Utah, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

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.

The Latest: Brazil's Temer tasks Cabinet with pushing reform

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:32pm

The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

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.

Lawmakers say FEMA too slow to set up mobile homes

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 2:32pm

State lawmakers Wednesday lambasted the pace of mobile home setup for flood victims, saying it's unacceptable that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved only one manufactured housing unit into a yard nearly three weeks after the catastrophic flooding.

The Latest: Women at flooded prison moved to other lockups

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

The Latest on flooding in Louisiana (all times local):