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Conceding defeat, Iran deal opponents at least want a vote

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:40am

Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement have given up trying to block it. Now they're just hoping for a final Senate vote on a resolution disapproving it — even though such a resolution would be vetoed by the president.

Refugees on train, police in 2nd day of standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:10am

Refugees who had hoped to move on from Hungary are continuing to refuse to leave a train stopped near a center where authorities are demanding that they register.

Philly businesses wary, excited by prospect of papal crowds

Kathy Matheson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:22pm

Business owners in Philadelphia could enjoy a financial windfall from the crowds expected for the papal visit — if their employees can get to work through the security perimeters and road closures.

Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:03pm

Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that's helped prop up their long suffering-industry.

Asian stock markets ebb ahead of US jobs report

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:31pm

Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption of trading on Chinese stock markets next week.

UMass, 7 unions reach deal to pay $10.9M in back pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 5:10am

The University of Massachusetts and seven labor unions have reached an agreement to pay $10.9 million in retroactive pay to faculty and staff.

Las Vegas expects 315,000 visitors this Labor Day weekend

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 4:20am

Sin City is expected to see a boost in Labor Day traffic and visitors with officials estimating 315,000 people will fill most of the Las Vegas area's 149,000 hotel rooms.

Spanish train drivers go on strike but impact appears muted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 4:11am

Spanish rail company Renfe says around a quarter of its commuter and long distance trains have been canceled owing to a strike by drivers.

Middleton school bus company accused of overcrowding buses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:40am

A Middleton school bus company has been cited with a misdemeanor in connection to accusations of overcrowding.

Thieves break into mail trucks while workers make deliveries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:30am

Police say a group of burglars has been breaking into U.S. Postal Service trucks and stealing mail while the postal workers are making deliveries.

Airman who helped stop train attack returns to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:40am

The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California Thursday night.

Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

Bree Fowler and Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:30am

The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

Airman who helped stop train attack returns to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:21am

The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train is back in his native California.

California governor's highway plan includes $65 driver fee

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:20am

More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and increases in the diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation.

German factory orders drop in July

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:50am

German factory orders dropped a larger than expected 1.4 percent in July compared to the previous month, dragged down by flagging foreign demand.

Review cites problems at Texas hospital during Ebola crisis

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:50am

The Texas hospital that treated the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola was not adequately prepared for a patient with the deadly virus and stumbled because of communication failures, an independent review released Friday found.

Thousands of gallons of oil spilled in Mississippi River

Bruce Schreiner and Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:31pm

Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Hospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:11pm

A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.

New indictment adds charges against Washington state auditor

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01pm

A new indictment from a federal grand jury on Thursday added money laundering and tax evasion counts to a long list of charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, who has been on unpaid leave while fighting allegations that he stole more than $1 million from clients of his former business.