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Judge telling school district to revoke tax hike stirs fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:02am

Education officials fear a judge's decision ordering a suburban Philadelphia school district to revoke its tax hike could lead to lawsuits around Pennsylvania challenging other school districts' tax increases.

Lew says Apple's tax fight could spur congressional action

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:01am

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is criticizing a European ruling that Apple owes more than $14.5 billion in back taxes. He says the decision may spur Congress to finally address the stalled effort to reform America's corporate tax structure.

Media challenging ruling keeping Bundy case documents secret

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:01am

Media organizations are challenging a federal magistrate judge's order that keeps many documents secret in the Nevada criminal case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and a 2014 armed standoff with government agents.

The Latest: Brazil president backers want 2 separate votes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:50am

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

Africa's biggest economy officially enters recession

Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:40am

Africa's biggest economy is officially in recession.

Voltaggio closing 4 Family Meal restaurants in 2 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:30am

Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says he's closing four of five Family Meal restaurants in two states.

No-tipping trend now at more restaurants, with mixed results

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:14am

When the bill comes after a meal, there's no crunching numbers for the tip — just pay and go.

iRobot CEO says vacuum cleaners clear path to robot future

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:04am

The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company's Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world.

Grain mostly lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

France's Macron seeks new horizon, hints at presidential bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

Potential French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron says he's leaving his job as economy minister because he wants to take new risks, after a tenure marked by controversial labor reforms.

E-book from libertarian Gary Johnson coming Sept. 27

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:40am

A new campaign book is coming out at the end of September, from Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

The quest to end lost airline luggage

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.

US stocks inch lower despite solid jobs data

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

U.S. stocks are slightly lower Wednesday morning as energy companies and makers of chemicals and other materials take the biggest losses. A survey of private employers showed that hiring continued at a solid pace in August, but stocks are wrapping up a quiet month.

Pending US home sales strengthened in July

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in July, a sign that demand for home ownership remains strong despite a shortage of listings on the market.

Bankruptcy fraud sentencing delayed for 'Dance Moms' star

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:11am

The federal court sentencing for "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller has been postponed from Oct. 11 to Dec. 2.

Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:41am

U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August, according to a private survey, suggesting that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains.

Dockers block French port of Le Havre over activists' arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:20am

Dock workers briefly blocked traffic at the French port of Le Havre after two colleagues were arrested over earlier protest violence.

Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate

Mauricio Savarese and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:50am

Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country.

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

Aron Heller and Randy Herschaft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:20am

Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn't actually kill any Nazis.