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Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11pm

Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began.

Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:41pm

Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won't have to veto it.

Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:32pm

U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.

Business expert picked as next University of Iowa president

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

The University of Iowa's governing board on Thursday named a corporate management expert with little higher education experience as the school's next president, an unusual choice meant to shake up the culture of the state's flagship academic institution.

Southwest reaches contract with pilots pending ratification

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:00pm

Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said.

BYU health plan doesn't meet US contraception, cost rules

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:41pm

Some students at Brigham Young University could face hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health plan, which doesn't comply with federal law in part because it doesn't cover birth control.

Companies to stop 'revenge makeover' ads using ex-governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31pm

Two online marketing companies are ceasing publication of ads that depict former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as an over-the-hill divorcee who needed a "revenge makeover."

Supporters withdraw push for marijuana ballot measure

Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31pm

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels withdrew the measure Thursday while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns the measure could hurt Denver's reputation.

Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil

Bruce Schreiner and Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11pm

Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Settlement over decade-old Gulf oil leak filed in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:54pm

Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Big settlement in tech wage case harks back to different era

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:54pm

A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

The Latest: Mississippi River oil spill not affecting port

Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:53pm

The latest on the oil spill along the Mississippi River that caused a section of the waterway to be shut down (all times local):

Hospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:41pm

A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.

Leon Gorman, LL Bean's grandson and company leader, dies

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80.

Dominica estimates storm damage at nearly half of GDP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

A preliminary assessment of the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on the island of Dominica has found damage to basic infrastructure alone that amounts to nearly half of the small country's GDP, the prime minister said Thursday.

Texas horse, dog racetracks back in business _ for 90 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

Texas tracks will be able to again take bets on horse and dog races — at least temporarily — following a deal that resumes operations for the state racing commission.

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

Anne Flaherty and Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:01pm

More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion.

Governor urges nuke plant owners to address federal concerns

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:51pm

One day after federal regulators said they were stepping up oversight of Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant, Gov. Charlie Baker called on owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to take "corrective actions" considering its series of unplanned shutdowns over recent years.