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Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:40pm

Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:41pm

A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system.

Huckabee earned nearly $4M from speeches, publishing in 2014

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:31pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2014 earned nearly $1 million from giving speeches and nearly $3 million from a publishing company that he runs, according to financial records the Republican presidential filed Friday with federal regulators.

Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:11pm

A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of abortion providers by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:11pm

Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard.

Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:01pm

The government of the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca says residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Citing hacking risk, FDA says Hospira pump shouldn't be used

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:52pm

The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking.

Fire shuts down roaster at Nevada gold mine; no one hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:51pm

Federal safety officials are investigating the cause of a fire at a gold mine in northeast Nevada.

Hillary and Bill Clinton earn nearly $142M between 2007-14

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:40pm

Federal tax returns released by Hillary Rodham Clinton show she and former President Bill Clinton paid an overall 31.6 percent tax rate on more than $139 million the couple earned between 2007 and 2014.

Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:22pm

Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.

GOP legislators seek audit of money to Planned Parenthood

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:21pm

South Carolina House Republicans are seeking an audit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as Congress considers cutting off federal funding to the abortion provider.

Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:12pm

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring.

Yahoo tries to get more fashionable with Polyvore purchase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:11pm

Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:01pm

A Colorado man accused in the 2012 beating death of his Utah girlfriend is expected stand trial later this year, but a defense attorney says the court date may be scrapped after new evidence is reviewed. A Utah judge today scheduled a Nov. 30 trial for 18-year-old Darwin Christopher Bagshaw of Grand Junction. He's charged with the murder of 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak, whose body was found in a Utah river.

Army Corps: Savannah harbor expansion taking big steps ahead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:41pm

The federal agency overseeing the $706 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah says it now expects dredging to start three months sooner than expected.

Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner's death

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:31pm

A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal, a ruling that has family lawyers across the state buzzing about the potential implications.

Clinton's doctor says 2016 candidate in 'excellent' health

Lisa Lerer and Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:21pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton's physician said Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in "excellent physical condition" and has completely recovered from the effects of a concussion she suffered in 2012, pronouncing her "fit to serve as president of the United States."

Utah electrical contractor fined for using child workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:11pm

Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor $376,300, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.

Correction: Colorado Fluoride Debate story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:01pm

In a story July 30 about a debate over adding fluoride to public drinking water, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the director for the Fluoride Action Network. His name is Paul Connett, not Paul Commett.