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AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:11pm

Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent.

AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:42pm

The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway exec about Fogle

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:31pm

A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.

University of Kansas, Hall reach agreement over documents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 5:01pm

The University of Kansas reached a settlement agreement over the release of emails and other documents with a student group looking for ties between an economic research center and brothers Charles and David Koch, the university announced Thursday.

Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:51pm

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.

Washington health insurance rates to go up 4.2 percent

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:51pm

People who buy their health insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange can expect an average 4.2 percent increase in their rates in 2016.

Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:51pm

Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:51pm

The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

Ruling could ease way for unionizing at fast-food chains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:41pm

It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Gap to end on-call scheduling

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:31pm

Gap Inc. is ending its practice of requiring workers to remain on-call for short-notice shifts following an inquiry from New York's attorney general.

Pro: Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblers

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:22pm

A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge at cards says the casino has its own method of gaining an advantage: plying gamblers with free booze served by flirty, scantily clad waitresses.

Obama calls on Congress to pass budget without drama

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama is highlighting good economic news during a period of wildly erratic stock markets to make the case the United States remains an anchor of global strength.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:01pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit challenging Nevada's broad new Education Savings Account program. The suit says the law violates a portion of the Nevada Constitution that bans using public funds for sectarian purposes. The treasurer's office is administering the program and declined to comment.

Delaware lawmakers eye budget vote procedures

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:01pm

Democratic leaders of the legislature's budget-writing committee don't seem interested in changing voting requirements for passage of the state's annual spending plan.

Texas judge wants $10M set aside in 'Fifty Shades' case

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:51pm

A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.

Los Angeles Marathon gets new sponsor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:50pm

The Los Angeles Marathon has a new sponsor.

Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:42pm

Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.

Freeport-McMoRan cuts more spending; Icahn discloses stake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:42pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn said late Thursday that he has taken an 8.5-percent stake in Freeport-McMoRan, just hours after the mining company announced cost cuts and lower spending in response to declining copper prices and soft economic conditions worldwide.

New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from legislation addressing concerns about court fines raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson to child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.