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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.

Court sides with Trader Joe's in suit over alleged knockoff

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who purchased the company's products and resold them in Canada at "Pirate Joe's," a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe's, a federal appeals court said Friday.

Appeals court rules NYC can use GPS to track taxi drivers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that New York City can track taxi drivers by using their cabs' GPS systems.

Illinois' pension payment expected to increase by $400M

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:11pm

Illinois' contribution to the state's largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year because the board overseeing the account on Friday lowered its expected rate of return on investments.

Biden: $2.45B loan for Amtrak upgrades in Northeast Corridor

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:00pm

Amtrak is receiving a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to buy new trains, upgrade tracks and make platform improvements along the busy Northeast corridor, the largest such loan ever by the Department of Transportation, officials announced Friday.

Report: Texas flouted federal aquifer rules for 34 years

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:00pm

Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.

Maker recalls fresh-cut vegetables from stores in Southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:40pm

Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Killing of 2 nuns leaves gaping hole in poor community

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 3:12pm

In the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.