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Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:41pm

Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president wouldn't have to veto it.

Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:32pm

U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.

Leon Gorman, LL Bean's grandson and company leader, dies

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder's death, died Thursday. He was 80.

Dominica estimates storm damage at nearly half of GDP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

A preliminary assessment of the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on the island of Dominica has found damage to basic infrastructure alone that amounts to nearly half of the small country's GDP, the prime minister said Thursday.

Texas horse, dog racetracks back in business _ for 90 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:21pm

Texas tracks will be able to again take bets on horse and dog races — at least temporarily — following a deal that resumes operations for the state racing commission.

The Latest: Mississippi River oil spill not affecting port

Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:01pm

The latest on the oil spill along the Mississippi River that caused a section of the waterway to be shut down (all times local):

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

Anne Flaherty and Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:01pm

More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion.

Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:54pm

Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated and cleaned up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Governor urges nuke plant owners to address federal concerns

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:51pm

One day after federal regulators said they were stepping up oversight of Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant, Gov. Charlie Baker called on owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to take "corrective actions" considering its series of unplanned shutdowns over recent years.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:51pm

Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said.

BYU student insurance doesn't meet contraception, cost rules

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:42pm

Some students at Brigham Young University in Provo could pay hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health insurance plan, which doesn't comply with federal health law requirements in part because it doesn't cover birth control.

Wall collapses on workers at NYC construction site; 1 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:21pm

Authorities say a wall has collapsed on construction workers at a New York City site, killing one of them and injuring two others.

Business executive named University of Iowa president

Ryan Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:21pm

The University of Iowa's governing board on Thursday named a corporate management expert with little higher education experience as the school's next president, an unusual choice meant to shake up the culture of the state's flagship academic institution.

BP seeks to get back some Gulf oil spill business payouts

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:01pm

Attorneys for BP told a federal appeals court Thursday that the company should be able to get back some of the money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Man faces life sentence in killing of Grooveshark executive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:51pm

A Tampa Bay area man faces up to life in prison after he was convicted of killing an executive of the defunct music streaming service Grooveshark.

Idaho park officials approve new corporate naming rules

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:51pm

Idaho park officials say the Idaho Legislature should have final approval authority in naming new and existing state parks.

Washington Supreme Court rules against Backpage.com

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:32pm

The website Backpage.com may not be immune from state liability law and a lawsuit filed by three young girls who said they were sold as prostitutes on the website can proceed to trial, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Grain lower, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:31pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:31pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Arcade-style gambling games inch closer to Nevada casinos

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:31pm

Arcade-style slot machines that might require skill to win could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year, according to one game maker's estimate now that a single regulatory vote remains.