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Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:41pm

With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.

Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

Erica Werner and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:41pm

Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.

Crane operator blamed for Rhode Island building collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:11pm

A police report shows that a worker blamed a mistake by a crane operator for the collapse of a building under construction at a private Rhode Island university that injured six people.

Utah lawmaker: Military pensions should be tax-exempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:51pm

Utah is one of 16 states that don't offer income tax exemptions for retired military members, but one state lawmaker is working to change that.

Ed chief proposes 7.5 percent increase for schools budget

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:11pm

Idaho's public schools chief is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, revealing her own budget proposal for the first time since taking office.

State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:11pm

Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.

Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:02pm

The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers.

Tesla says it will take orders for cheaper car in March

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:01pm

Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then.

Prosecutors allege bogus tire claims by NASA contractors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:52pm

Federal prosecutors say two NASA contractors in Florida committed fraud by submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for car tires.

Omaha vocational center settles nursing program flap

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:41pm

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has announced a settlement with a nonprofit vocational training center in Omaha.

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:41pm

The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

Valeant will buy eye surgery device maker Synergetics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:51pm

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it will buy eye surgery product maker Synergetics USA for as much as $192 million.

Fed report shows autos and housing fueling US growth

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:31pm

While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices.

Azar rallies to beat Next Shares at Saratoga

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:30pm

Alto Racing's Azar rallied to beat Next Shares by three-quarters of a length Wednesday in the Grade 2 $200,000 With Anticipation for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.

Medical marijuana company delays 2 clinic openings

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:21pm

Citing a need to keep costs down amid low patient enrollment, one of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers announced Wednesday it's delaying its plans to open two more dispensaries this fall.

Business candidate shakes up U. Iowa presidential search

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:41pm

The University of Iowa's governing board is considering a corporate executive with little higher education experience as the next school president, a choice that would outrage professors but please the state's Republican and business leadership.

Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:40pm

A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:32pm

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

US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in April-June quarter

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:10pm

U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.