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Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

Michael Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:30am

They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:30pm

President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 5:12pm

President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

US markets rebound a day after big plunge

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:51pm

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.

Pacific bluefin tuna group puts off new moves to save fish

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:51am

An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.

French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

Maggy Donaldson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:10pm

Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes.

Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:01pm

A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.

School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:11pm

Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn't have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help.

Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 6:51pm

Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers.

IMF: China, tumbling commodity prices threaten world economy

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 6:21pm

China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday.

Nuclear regulators boost oversight of Massachusetts plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 5:12pm

Federal inspectors say they're increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts.

Report: Some top baby monitors lack basic security features

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 5:00pm

Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

New collars monitor pets for pain, problems

Sue Manning, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:41pm

You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity.

State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:22pm

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.

Medical marijuana company delays 2 clinic openings

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:21pm

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.

Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:11pm

A long-awaited Nebraska nursing home on the border with South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents early next year to ease a severe care shortage in one of the nation's poorest regions, a project official said Wednesday.

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.

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.