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New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:51pm

Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday.

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

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11pm

Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a Hungarian camp for asylum seekers, a bitter showdown began.

Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate

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

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 won't have to veto it.

Airman who helped stop train attack set to return to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:51pm

The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train is on his way back to his native California.

New indictment adds charges against Washington state auditor

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41pm

A federal grand jury has returned a new indictment against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, adding charges of money laundering and tax evasion to the long list of charges he already faces.

Companies to stop 'revenge makeover' ads using ex-governor

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41pm

Two online marketing companies that ceased publishing ads depicting former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as an over-the-hill divorcee who needed a "revenge makeover" could still face legal action from her.

California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41pm

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual user fee and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation.

US Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:21pm

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world.

New indictment adds money laundering to charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:21pm

New indictment adds money laundering to charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley .

Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.

Business expert picked as next University of Iowa president

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

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.

Southwest reaches contract with pilots pending ratification

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:11pm

Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:00pm

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 health plan doesn't meet US contraception, cost rules

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:41pm

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

Supporters withdraw push for marijuana ballot measure

Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:31pm

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels withdrew the measure Thursday while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns the measure could hurt Denver's reputation.

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

Bruce Schreiner and Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11pm

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

Big settlement in tech wage case harks back to different era

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:54pm

A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

Settlement over decade-old Gulf oil leak filed in court

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

Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Latest: Mississippi River oil spill not affecting port

Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:53pm

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

Hospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:41pm

A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.