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Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power

Yves Laurent Goma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:30am

Gabon's president vied for re-election on Saturday as voters weighed whether to maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.

You talkin' to me? English no longer a must for NYC cabbies

Deepti Hajela and Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:01am

People who hope to drive New York City's famous yellow cabs must pass tests on such details as driving rules and where they can pick up passengers. But one test they no longer have to take? Whether they have a grasp of English.

After Irene forces reckoning, mental health care rebuilt

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:12am

For most Vermonters, Tropical Storm Irene was a disaster that tore roads, communities and lives apart. But for many of the state's neediest mental health patients, it was a blessing in disguise.

Little precedent for $400 million cash payment to Iran

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:02am

A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.

Malaysian students rally to demand prime minister's arrest

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:20am

Malaysian student activists led a rally Saturday to demand the arrest of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been implicated in a U.S. government probe into massive fraud in a Malaysian investment fund.

Tunisia's new government seeks stronger economy, security

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:20am

Tunisia's Parliament has approved Youssef Chahed as prime minister along with a new government focused on boosting the economy and fighting terrorism.

As Trump courts Latinos, Clinton links him to radical fringe

Jonathan Lemire and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:43am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with about two dozen Latino supporters in Nevada to discuss strategies for boosting Hispanic turnout in the swing state, part of his effort to make the case that his economic policies would be better for small minority-owned businesses than those of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:41am

A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

Tank explodes at California refinery; no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 9:11pm

A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Britney Spears hitches a ride for Corden's Carpool Karaoke

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:21pm

Oops! James Corden did it again, sharing his Carpool Karaoke commute with Britney Spears on Thursday's edition of "The Late Late Show."

Other controversial remarks made by GOP Maine Gov. LePage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:21pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage left an obscene tirade on the voicemail of a Democratic lawmaker who criticized his remark that 90 percent of the drug dealers arrested in the state are black and Hispanic. He also told reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes. LePage later said that was a metaphor and he meant no physical harm.

Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:04pm

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says KFC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:02pm

Has Colonel Sanders' nephew inadvertently revealed to the world the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind KFC's fried chicken empire?

Facebook reduces role of human editors in 'trending topics'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:50pm

Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views.

Lockheed Martin unit to manage former Nevada nuke test site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:21pm

A subsidiary of defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5 billion contract to manage a vast federal Department of Energy reservation where the nation used to conduct nuclear testing north of Las Vegas.

Icahn hits back, says he bought more Herbalife shares

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:20pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn insists that he's still in Herbalife's camp, saying he bought 2.3 million more Herbalife shares Friday and that he never gave an order to sell his $1 billion stake in the supplements and weight-loss products company.

Obama creates world's largest marine protected area

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:11pm

President Barack Obama on Friday expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area.

California governor signs bill banning coal-export funding

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals.

Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:50pm

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.

Wyoming legislative panel dismisses ethics complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:40pm

A Wyoming legislative panel has dismissed a complaint that accused a state senator of ethics violations for voting to approve funding for an abandoned mine land reclamation program that has issued contracts to his company.