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Florida receives $300,000 in pharmacy settlement

09/02/2014 1:10am
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state is getting $300,000 as part of a national settlement with a Cincinnati-based company that allegedly engaged in a kickback scheme with skilled-nursing facilities.

Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport

09/02/2014 3:00am
Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options.

Nebraska students can win scholarships with art

09/02/2014 3:10am
Nebraska students dreaming of the future can win a scholarship from First National Bank by drawing a picture of what they envision becoming when they grow up.

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

09/02/2014 4:00am
When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive.

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India

09/02/2014 4:10am
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment rather than the bureaucratic red tape that India is notorious for.

Report: Water shortages crimp China shale gas plan

09/02/2014 5:00am
More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group.

Ex-House majority leader joins investment bank

09/02/2014 5:10am
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has a new job as vice chairman and managing director of a global independent investment bank.

Moelis & Co. names Cantor as vice chairman

09/02/2014 5:30am
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining investment bank Moelis & Co. as vice chairman and managing director.

Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

09/02/2014 5:30am
A court has barred ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the popular app's fight with taxi drivers worldwide.

School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

09/02/2014 6:31am
Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.

Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

09/02/2014 7:00am
Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

09/02/2014 7:01am
Montana officials say having the state take over management of federal lands is a complicated proposition but they're looking into it. Gov. Steve Bullock says he doesn't advocate Montana taking over the roughly 25 million acres of federal land within the state's boundaries. However, the Montana Republican Party has endorsed just such a move and state officials are studying it. State takeover of federal lands also has been discussed in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah.

Jet with cracked windshield returns to Los Angeles

09/02/2014 7:01am
An American Airlines jet bound for North Texas has safely returned to Los Angeles International Airport after the front windshield cracked.

Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

09/02/2014 7:30am
Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.

Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face talks are over

09/02/2014 8:00am
A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there's an impasse on a key issue.

N. Idaho oil pipeline rerouted from under river

09/02/2014 8:10am
Portions of an oil pipeline in northern Idaho are being rerouted to eliminate sections that travel under the Coeur d'Alene River.

US construction spending rebounds 1.8 percent in July, biggest gain in more than 2 years

09/02/2014 8:10am
US construction spending rebounds 1.8 percent in July, biggest gain in more than 2 years.

Dollar mixed

09/02/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Euro continues descent ahead of ECB meeting

09/02/2014 8:22am
The euro fell to a one-year low against the dollar on Tuesday as it continued to lose support from speculation that the European Central Bank could start pumping money into the ailing eurozone economy to spur growth.

US construction spending up 1.8 percent in July

09/02/2014 8:22am
U.S. construction spending staged a strong rebound in July, rising by the largest amount in more than two years. All major categories of construction showed gains in an encouraging sign that spending on building projects will help boost the economy in the second half of this year.

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09/02/2014 8:50am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

US home prices rose at slower pace in July

09/02/2014 9:01am
U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales.

Work will improve salmon habitat in central Idaho

09/02/2014 9:11am
Blaine County commissioners in central Idaho have approved permits what will allow workers to improve fish passage on a key stream for chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

09/02/2014 9:20am
Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout

09/02/2014 9:30am
While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy.

3 Massachusetts colleges sue state

09/02/2014 9:40am
Three Massachusetts colleges have sued the state Department of Revenue, claiming the agency unfairly denied them millions of dollars in tax credits for environmental cleanup work done on contaminated properties.

Political skills above language for EU's Tusk

09/02/2014 9:41am
Donald Tusk's English is shaky, his French nonexistent, and his nation — Poland — has only sat at the EU table since 2004.

Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

09/02/2014 10:01am
Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

Swiss urged to toughen anti-corruption law

09/02/2014 10:10am
Advocacy group Transparency International is criticizing Swiss law as too soft on financial corruption.

Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

09/02/2014 10:10am
Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

09/02/2014 10:20am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

09/02/2014 10:40am
Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio.

1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M

09/02/2014 11:20am
1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts.

Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

09/02/2014 11:41am
Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas.

Google's corporate products division changes name

09/02/2014 12:01pm
Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies.

UNLV law school looking at $3 million deficit

09/02/2014 12:01pm
Nevada university regents are asking the state for $1.5 million to fill half of a projected $3 million budget deficit at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

09/02/2014 12:02pm
For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo

09/02/2014 12:11pm
A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday as part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining.

Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

09/02/2014 12:21pm
The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

09/02/2014 12:21pm
Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs.

Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

09/02/2014 12:41pm
The Washington Post is ending 80 years of being led by the Graham family with the departure of Publisher Katharine Weymouth.

School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

09/02/2014 12:51pm
School opened in Chicago on Tuesday, with children and parents making their way past security guards whose bright neon vests served as a reminder of the city's efforts to protect students from the violence that plagues its streets.

California regulatory judges issue $1.4B fine against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast

09/02/2014 1:01pm
California regulatory judges issue $1.4B fine against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast .

Scottish opinion poll knocks the British pound

09/02/2014 1:10pm
The British pound slipped sharply after an opinion poll showed that those advocating Scottish independence from the United Kingdom have gained ground, a little more than two weeks before the vote.

Obama names first Asian-American EEOC chair

09/02/2014 1:11pm
Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian-American to lead that agency.

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

09/02/2014 1:11pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the trip also serves as schooling for Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience.

It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

09/02/2014 1:20pm
Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

Irish tax haul jumps, signals kinder 2015 budget

09/02/2014 1:21pm
Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday.

Dollar mixed

09/02/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Crude falls

09/02/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell $3.08 -- closing at $92.88 a barrel.

Gold, silver fall

09/02/2014 1:31pm
The September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1263.70 an ounce -- down $22.10.

Food trucks rolling onto Louisiana campuses

09/02/2014 1:51pm
The booming food truck craze has hit college campuses in Louisiana, as schools look to meet the ever-evolving demands of picky students.

Grain mixed, beef and pork higher

09/02/2014 1:51pm
Grain futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Health care spending in Massachusetts on the rise

09/02/2014 1:51pm
A new report Tuesday offered a mixed diagnosis on health care costs in Massachusetts, finding that while total spending continued to grow faster than inflation, the increase stayed well within parameters set by the state.

Ky. GOP House leaders target federal health care

09/02/2014 2:11pm
Republicans vying to wrest the Kentucky House from Democratic control for the first time in nearly a century promised Tuesday to try to repeal the state's Medicaid expansion and rein in other parts of the federal health care overhaul.

Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply

09/02/2014 2:31pm
Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal.

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

09/02/2014 2:31pm
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach.

Mexico plans $9.2B airport project for capital

09/02/2014 2:31pm
President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City on Tuesday, saying it will quadruple the capacity of the current one.

US stock market closes mostly lower

09/02/2014 2:31pm
U.S. stocks are ending mostly lower as energy companies fall and investors look ahead to central bank meetings later this week.

Norwegian sails into luxury with Prestige purchase

09/02/2014 2:31pm
Norwegian Cruise Line is sailing into the luxury sector by buying the high-end Prestige Cruises International in a deal valued at about $3 billion, including debt.

McDonald's boosts oversight of Chinese suppliers

09/02/2014 2:41pm
McDonald's said it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation.

Love, Owens to roll out TV ads this month

09/02/2014 3:01pm
The state's most high-profile political race this year will soon spill onto Utah televisions.

Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud

09/02/2014 3:01pm
A man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.

Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

09/02/2014 3:11pm
A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its international advisory board.

Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

09/02/2014 3:21pm
The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points.

Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

09/02/2014 3:31pm
Atlantic City's newest casino — and its biggest, costliest flop — went out with barely a whimper.

South Dakota tech school grads easily find jobs

09/02/2014 3:31pm
Chandler Nelson walked into a job interview expecting a few extra credit points, but instead he took the first step toward a career.

Md. auditors: flaws in DDA verification process

09/02/2014 3:41pm
Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration has not made much progress since last October on verifying that consumers actually received the services they're supposed to get, according to a follow-up review released Tuesday.

Davis sees Kansas school cuts if Brownback wins

09/02/2014 3:51pm
Democratic challenger Paul Davis predicted Tuesday that state aid for Kansas public schools will be cut if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wins re-election this year, but Davis didn't outline a specific plan to boost education funding.

Markets-At-A-Glance

09/02/2014 3:51pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Monday:

Attorney: Detroit needs debt plan to survive

09/02/2014 4:40pm
The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the city to survive, one of Detroit's attorneys told the federal judge at the helm of the historic bankruptcy trial, which started Tuesday.

'Guardians' tops box office for the summer, year

09/02/2014 4:40pm
"Guardians of the Galaxy" closed out the summer movie season with a first-place finish.

In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data

09/02/2014 4:50pm
The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet.

NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

09/02/2014 4:51pm
Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.

Schools chief seeks his largest ever spending hike

09/02/2014 5:21pm
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is proposing a 6.9 percent budget increase to Idaho's public school funding for 2015, the largest spending increase he's proposed in his nearly eight-year tenure.

Centerplate: CEO resigns over dog's mistreatment

09/02/2014 5:40pm
Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash.

Cory Gardner says he's 'a new kind of Republican'

09/02/2014 6:02pm
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner on Tuesday released the second of two ads touting his support for renewable energy and over-the-counter birth control pills, calling himself "a new kind of Republican" as he tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a state that has become increasingly reluctant to elect members of the GOP.

Utah women target Carl's Jr. for racy ads

09/02/2014 6:11pm
A pair of Utah women dedicated to pushing back against the objectification of women say Carl's Jr. has gone too far with its long-running line of TV ads featuring women in bikinis eating the company's burgers in seductive poses.

Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts

09/02/2014 6:20pm
Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services.

Judges recommend $1.4B penalty against PG&E

09/02/2014 6:51pm
California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood.

Recovery knocks 21 fish species from watch list

09/02/2014 7:10pm
Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished, leaving conservationists and many fishermen and chefs celebrating the turnaround of a West Coast fishing ground declared an economic disaster area by the federal government just 14 years ago.

US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

09/02/2014 7:40pm
In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service.

Anti-poverty group urges G20 to tackle corruption

09/02/2014 8:30pm
Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the 20 largest economies to act decisively at an annual summit in November against money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and corruption which it estimates costs the world's poorest countries more than $1 trillion a year.

Maduro replaces Venezuela's longtime oil chief

09/02/2014 8:50pm
President Nicolas Maduro has replaced the Venezuela's longtime oil minister and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for much-needed reforms to address the country's economic crisis.

Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

09/02/2014 9:11pm
Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.

Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains

09/02/2014 10:00pm
Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region.

Protected bike lane project causes confusion on 300 South

09/02/2014 10:33pm
Salt Lake City leaders are in the middle of moving bicycle lanes around on 300 South. As the project becomes reality, the idea of "protected lanes," as they're called, is being both applauded and criticized.

Australia to sign uranium trade deal with India

09/02/2014 11:11pm
Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation this week, but added that exports of the nuclear fuel to Russia have been banned until further notice.

AP Photos: More Atlantic City slots stop spinning

09/02/2014 11:50pm
Gamblers at two Atlantic City casinos got in their final bets over Labor Day weekend as Revel Casino Hotel and the Showboat Casino Hotel became the latest victims of Atlantic City's drastic slide.
 
   
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