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Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies

Janet McConnaughey and Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 8:51pm

Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75.

The Latest: Homeland Security chief to visit South Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 7:11pm

The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

The Latest: Airman who helped stop train attack called tough

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 6:21pm

The latest on the stabbing of a U.S. airman who helped stop a gunman on a French passenger train (all times local):

VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:29pm

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

Ex-railroad town, Sparks braces for Tesla, Switch boom

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:54pm

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement — Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:11pm

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines.

Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:21pm

An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.

The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:01pm

The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):

Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:52pm

Idaho's federal nuclear facility can become the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy, the new director says.

US treasury secretary blames Congress for debt limit delays

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 7:31pm

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew admonished Congress on Thursday for not moving fast enough to raise the government borrowing limit at a time of heightened fragility in the global economy.

800-pound man orders pizza, booted from hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 6:41pm

An 800-pound Rhode Island man says he's been kicked out of a hospital's weight loss program for ordering pizza.

Iamgold to cut 10 percent of workers at Suriname gold mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 6:31pm

A Canadian company that operates a gold mine in Suriname says it will dismiss roughly 10 percent of its workforce to reduce costs amid low global prices for the precious metal.

NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 6:21pm

New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum hourly wage is spurring similar efforts in other states even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's effort to enact a $15 wage for all workers faces vocal opposition at home.

Officials: Gas facility explosion leaves 3 workers dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:21pm

An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said.

Chicago officials say cab strike over Uber had little impact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:01pm

Chicago officials say a strike called by a taxi association to protest a proposal to allow ride-booking companies access to the city's airports had little impact on travelers.

Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:51pm

One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected.

Woman describes issues at mine during trial of ex-coal CEO

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:41pm

Massey Energy management required alerting underground miners when federal inspectors arrived at Upper Big Branch Mine — the site of a deadly explosion in 2010 — so workers could stop mining and quickly attend to neglected safety problems, a former Massey miner testified in former company CEO Don Blankenship's criminal trial Thursday.

Subcontractor: I should've walked away before wall collapse

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:31pm

A demolition subcontractor told jurors Thursday that he warned the contractor on trial for the 2013 building collapse that killed six people that his plan to take down a towering brick wall was dangerous.

Texas sues VW over consumer protection, clean air violations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:21pm

Texas has filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the automaker's emissions rigging violated state consumer protection laws and clean air standards.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

The new director of Idaho's federal nuclear facility says he sees plenty of opportunity to make it the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy. Mark Peters says the nation's energy security involves the U.S. being able to produce its own energy in a system protected from attacks, including cyber threats.