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AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

The chairman of California's Senate Governance and Finance committee said Thursday that he will ask committee staff to review all state accounts that handle charitable tax contributions to find out if there is unspent money languishing in them, in response to a report by The Associated Press.

Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

Documents: Workers had no way to issue warning after spill

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:41pm

Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday.

New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from legislation addressing concerns about court fines raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson to child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

Amgen Inc. has won approval for the second medicine in a new class of biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.

For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday.

Texas judge wants $10M set aside in 'Fifty Shades' case

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:02pm

A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.

Ruling could ease way for unionizing at fast-food chains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:02pm

It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Ex-lawmaker's role in Iowa Medicaid bidding faces criticism

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

A former lawmaker's role is casting doubt on the process used to select companies to manage Iowa Medicaid, with one losing vendor alleging she provided an unfair advantage to a winning bidder after working as a state contractor.

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:53pm

Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday.

Dole Food CEO, former top exec ordered to pay $148M

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:41pm

A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013.

Grain mostly higher and livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.

Grain mostly higher and livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Environment groups: Settlement not final in oil leak lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:11pm

The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local)

FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:01pm

The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.

With eye on future foreign flights, Vegas airport to grow

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:51pm

Las Vegas plans to double the number of international gates at McCarran International Airport with the expectation that foreign travel to the destination will climb as officials seek out prized direct flights, particularly with Asia.

AP-Gold and Silver

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:41pm

The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,122.40 an ounce -- down $2.20.