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Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:01pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

House votes to provide money for highways, transit

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:52pm

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

Auditors: UConn loan deal could cost state $77 million

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:51pm

The University of Connecticut may have cost the state just under $77 million in unnecessary interest payments by entering into a loan deal to pay for the new ambulatory care center at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, according to state auditors.

Virginia trucker wins $92M prize from Pennsylvania Lottery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:51pm

A truck driver who purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop claimed his $92 million prize Wednesday at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters.

IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:31pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status.

FTC investigating online college University of Phoenix

Anne Flaherty, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:31pm

The University of Phoenix, an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group announced Wednesday.

Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:31pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation's borrowing limit.

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:21pm

Lawmakers began a series of override votes Wednesday aimed at restoring nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and the University of Massachusetts system.

Standard & Poor's boosts Detroit's rating on revenue bonds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:11pm

Standard & Poor's has boosted Detroit's rating on eight- to 15-year bonds the city plans to sell to improve public services.

Astoria summer school helps children of migrant workers

Edward Stratton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

Araceny Borja, 11, sat in a classroom at Astoria Middle School Thursday, only two months after she and her mother moved to the North Coast from Mexico for what she called "a better life."

France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security

Elaine Ganley and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were immeasurably larger than even a week ago.

Picayune high school to allow cellphones

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:51pm

Picayune Memorial High School will allow students to use their cellphones on campus beginning this fall.

Tesla offers 1st incentive in owner referral program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:51pm

Electric car maker Telsa Motors Inc. is offering its first incentive, $1,000 to new-car buyers who are referred by current Tesla owners.

Connecticut hoping to stave off possible nursing home strike

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:41pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration has been working in recent weeks to come up with a new state funding arrangement that could help fend off possible strikes at unionized nursing homes across the state.

Picayune high school to allow cellphones

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:41pm

Picayune Memorial High School will allow students to use their cellphones on campus beginning this fall.

Coast Guard investigating oil slick off California coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.

5 college institutions removed from negative credit watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

With deep budget cuts dodged by Louisiana's public colleges, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has removed five higher education institutions from a negative credit watch.

Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:01pm

Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.