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Production of renowned Ovation guitars to resume in US

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:03am

A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will resume making the renowned instruments, thanks to the efforts of factory employees.

Stocks gain; Europe's central bank ready to boost stimulus

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:21am

U.S. and global stocks were broadly higher in midday trading Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed. A rebound in oil prices lifted energy stocks.

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

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:11am

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80.

Washington Supreme Court rules against Backpage.com

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:51am

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three young girls who sued Backpage.com after they were sold as prostitutes on the site.

9/11 recovery workers: Congress must renew health programs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:51am

Dozens of 9/11 recovery workers are demanding that Congress renew programs offering money and heath care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:51am

Prosecutors have charged three people with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme they say was built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel that they never developed.

Police: Man who shot trooper died from own gunshot wound

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:41am

Authorities say a man who was killed after a shootout with a highway trooper died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

4 men accused of stealing nearly 1,200 student laptops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:31am

A pair of brothers and two other men have been accused of stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey.

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:31am

The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, expanding anti-bias protections in the president's health overhaul.

Governor urges nuke plant owners to correct federal concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:11am

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the owners of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to take "corrective actions" in response to concerns raised by federal regulators.

Modigliani nude masterpiece could bring $100M at NYC auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:02am

A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY'-oh moh-deel-YAH'-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time.

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

Anne Flaherty, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:01am

Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling about $40 million in loans have been approved.

Coast Guard: Part of Mississippi River closed to traffic after tow boat collision, oil spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:51am

Coast Guard: Part of Mississippi River closed to traffic after tow boat collision, oil spill.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:51am

The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats.

Feds investigate radiation exposure at Idaho nuclear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:30am

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating a recent incident at a plant that manufactures radioactive products in Idaho Falls.

US services firms expand rapidly, lifted by strong sales

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:30am

U.S. services companies expanded at a healthy pace in August, lifted by robust consumer spending resulting from steady job gains.

Volkswagen finance chief Poetsch set to become new chairman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:30am

Volkswagen says its chief financial officer, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is set to become its new chairman — filling the position that longtime company patriarch Ferdinand Piech vacated in April.

Disabled vet suing Reno Housing Authority over US labor laws

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:21am

The Reno Housing Authority is being accused of violating U.S. labor laws by hiring assistant apartment managers at public housing units to work long hours for only a fraction of the minimum wage with no overtime in exchange for free rent.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:01am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 8:41am

Grain futures were mixed in early trading Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.