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

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:41am

U.S. and global stocks were modestly higher 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.

Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps

Pablo Gorondi and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:13am

Thousands of migrants surged into a Budapest train station Thursday when police ended their two-day blockade of its entrance, but the surprise move produced only a new swirl of confusion and anger as some migrants found themselves tricked into taking a train to a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers.

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.

BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:51am

Arguments have wrapped up at a federal appeals court in a case involving those who claimed economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Arcade-style gambling games inch closer to Nevada casinos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:41am

Arcade-style slot machines could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year says one game-maker now that a single regulatory vote remains.

Molina to spend $200M on behavioral, mental health services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:41am

Insurer Molina Healthcare will spend about $200 million to expand the behavioral and mental health services it provides with its coverage.

Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:32am

A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:31am

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.

4 men accused of stealing nearly 1,200 student laptops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:22am

A pair of brothers and two other men have been charged with stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey after investigators determined their story about a theft didn't add up.

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:21am

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

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

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

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three young girls who sued 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.

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.

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.