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iRobot CEO says vacuum cleaners clear path to robot future

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:04am

The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company's Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world.

Grain mostly lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

France's Macron seeks new horizon, hints at presidential bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

Potential French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron says he's leaving his job as economy minister because he wants to take new risks, after a tenure marked by controversial labor reforms.

The Latest: Vote nears on whether to remove Brazil president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:40am

The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

E-book from libertarian Gary Johnson coming Sept. 27

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:40am

A new campaign book is coming out at the end of September, from Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

The quest to end lost airline luggage

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.

US stocks inch lower despite solid jobs data

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

U.S. stocks are slightly lower Wednesday morning as energy companies and makers of chemicals and other materials take the biggest losses. A survey of private employers showed that hiring continued at a solid pace in August, but stocks are wrapping up a quiet month.

Pending US home sales strengthened in July

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:30am

More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in July, a sign that demand for home ownership remains strong despite a shortage of listings on the market.

Bankruptcy fraud sentencing delayed for 'Dance Moms' star

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:11am

The federal court sentencing for "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller has been postponed from Oct. 11 to Dec. 2.

Voltaggio closing 5 Family Meal restaurants in 2 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50am

Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says he's closing four of five Family Meal restaurants in Maryland and Virginia.

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge lower in early trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50am

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:41am

U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August, according to a private survey, suggesting that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains.

Dockers block French port of Le Havre over activists' arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:20am

Dock workers briefly blocked traffic at the French port of Le Havre after two colleagues were arrested over earlier protest violence.

Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate

Mauricio Savarese and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:50am

Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country.

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

Aron Heller and Randy Herschaft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:20am

Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn't actually kill any Nazis.

Relatives of MH17 victims seek EU help in getting radar data

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:10am

Frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine are appealing to the EU's top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators.

Global stocks mixed in listless trade ahead of US jobs data

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:01am

Global stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key U.S. jobs data later this week that could help determine how soon the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.

Turbulence forces emergency landing in Ireland; 12 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00am

A United Airlines flight bound for London made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Wednesday after severe turbulence that left 12 passengers needing hospital treatment, officials said.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00am

THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?

US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:41am

The State Department says it's evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.