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More ID, bag checks on Europe's trains after foiled attack

Thomas Adamson and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:01pm

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday.

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:40am

With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:11am

The grain elevator that towers over this small prairie town has been humming with workers loading crops onto rail cars destined for domestic and worldwide markets.

Professional works to teach students more about farms

Tim Gallagher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:51am

On a steamy day in July, nearly one dozen teachers file into a room at the Moville Community Center. This particular day of their summer "vacation" is filled with talk about corn, soybeans, wind power soil structure.

Orchard grows food, sprouts education on raising fruit trees

Nick Hytrek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:51am

It's hard to beat biting into a juicy apple plucked right from the tree.

Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:32pm

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have likely begun to fade.

Study: Monroe could drop a few pant sizes

Scott Rogers-Star, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:30pm

John Humble jumped into the Biggest Loser Northeast Louisiana Edition at 315 pounds, coming off recent back surgery.

Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators.

Construction delays start of school year in Stafford

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

Students at a new high school in Stafford are getting an extra six days of summer vacation due to a construction delay.

Farmers, public gather at UI's Fruit Field Day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:21am

The University of Idaho recently held a Fruit Field Day to show off unique fruit and share growing methods.

After legal battle, Utah town to allow chain restaurants

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:51am

A small Utah town outside Zion National Park has repealed a ban on chain restaurants, clearing the way for one of the country's biggest fast food chains to open amid Springdale's mom-and-pop restaurants.

Russia denounces Latvian ban on news agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:11am

Russia says Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country — a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.

Rutgers researchers reviving historic New Jersey tomato seed

Martin Deangelis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:41am

The Jersey tomato has a special place in its home state's self-image, and not only because New Jersey's farmers grew and sold more than 62 million pounds of them last year, $38.1 million worth.

Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:11am

In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation's oil and gas industry.

UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:20am

British prosecutors say they are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

Workers overcome by gases at China paper mill, 7 die, 2 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:00am

Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool and seven of them died, authorities said Saturday, in China's latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals.

New Mexico secretary of state charged with theft

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:20am

New Mexico's Democratic attorney general on Friday charged Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran with embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations, further widening a rift between the two over enforcement of the state's laws governing campaigns.

Getting kids interested in fruits, vegetables

Nikki Work, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10am

When a farmer offered her a bag of baby carrots at the Greeley Farmers Market, 3-and-a-half-year-old Elizabeth Shaw wasn't interested. Her father, Jon, offered her a tiny, ripe tomato, but she turned her head. It wasn't until he flashed a bright orange bell pepper and knelt to the little girl's level that Elizabeth's curiosity peaked. Her big brown eyes widened and her little fingers carefully reached out toward the vegetable, as if it might bite.

Police: Construction crooner found dead in apparent suicide

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 10:21pm

A karaoke-loving ironworker who briefly became a New York sensation for his serenades from a subway construction site has been found dead in an apparent suicide, a month after he disappeared from his Queens neighborhood, police said Friday.

Barge tips, vehicles fall into Victoria harbor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 9:11pm

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says a barge has tipped in Victoria's harbor, dumping as many as 20 vehicles into the water.