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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.

US markets rebound a day after big plunge

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:32pm

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.

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.

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.

State fines owner of California spring water firm

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:41pm

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

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:31pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says the U.S. should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce stifling federal regulations on the energy industry, which he says is central to the nation's economic prosperity.

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.

Ybarra proposes 7.5 percent increase for schools budget

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 1:11pm

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.

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.

U of I to add $3M to history building renovation budget

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

University of Illinois officials want to add $3 million more to the Natural History Building's renovation budget because of problems found during interior demolition.

Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:31pm

An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance.

Israel will keep fighting nuclear deal with Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 12:21pm

An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue fighting against the nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the United States and five other world powers.