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Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:30pm

A judge has ruled that a ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs can stay on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Official: FBI probing cyber breach of NY Times journalists

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:21pm

The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Potential swing vote to weigh tax-break plan for Facebook

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

A plan to lure a Facebook data center with some $240 million in tax breaks faces another hurdle as the State Board of Education takes up the issue Tuesday.

Cheating site had inadequate security, privacy officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Privacy officials in Canada and Australia have found that cheating website Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies despite marketing itself as a discreet and secure service

States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

Waterpark visitor paralyzed in accident can sue, court says

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

A New Jersey waterpark visitor who was partially paralyzed in a 2010 accident while on a ride that simulates surfing can proceed with a lawsuit, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Liquor chain challenges Connecticut minimum pricing law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:01pm

A national liquor retailer is taking Connecticut to court over the state's minimum pricing rules for certain alcoholic beverages.

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:01pm

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

AP NewsBreak: Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:51pm

Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.

Demand low for California pollution credits

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:41pm

California's latest carbon auction has brought more bad news for Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark programs fighting climate change.

The Latest: Lt. governor questions Mental Health pay raises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:41pm

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The Latest: Ban would keep people away from Hawaii dolphins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:21pm

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Lawmakers demand information on EpiPen price increase

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:21pm

Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:12pm

Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour.

Markets Right Now: US stocks notch modest gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:12pm

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Johnson explains teaching remarks, Feingold launches attack

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:51pm

Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday attempted to clarify remarks he had made about wanting to bust up the higher education "cartel," while his Democratic challenger launched a new attack ad portraying the Republican as not caring about college student loan debt.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:41pm

Grain futures were lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

4 arrested in protest against federal oil lease sales

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:40pm

Four protesters opposed to federal oil lease sales were arrested Tuesday at the suburban New Orleans building where the leasing agency has offices, an attorney said.

New estimates: Deficit increase after years of declines

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:40pm

A new government report released Tuesday blames lower-than-expected tax revenues for a spike in this year's budget deficit to $590 billion. That's an increase of about one-third over last year's tally.