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Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:41pm

With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.

US markets rebound a day after big plunge

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:51pm

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.

Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

Erica Werner and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:41pm

Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.

Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 6:21pm

Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers.

Nuclear regulators boost oversight of Massachusetts plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 5:12pm

Federal inspectors say they're increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts.

Report: Some top baby monitors lack basic security features

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 5:00pm

Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.

New collars monitor pets for pain, problems

Sue Manning, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:41pm

You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity.

School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:31pm

Eight women who worked for a company hired to counsel drug abusers in Los Angeles County schools were charged in federal court with a scheme to fraudulently bill California nearly $50 million for bogus services over a decade, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:22pm

Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.

Medical marijuana company delays 2 clinic openings

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:21pm

Citing a need to keep costs down amid low patient enrollment, one of Minnesota's medical marijuana manufacturers announced Wednesday it's delaying its plans to open two more dispensaries this fall.

Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:11pm

A long-awaited Nebraska nursing home on the border with South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents early next year to ease a severe care shortage in one of the nation's poorest regions, a project official said Wednesday.

Ed chief proposes 7.5 percent increase for schools budget

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:11pm

Idaho's public schools chief is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, revealing her own budget proposal for the first time since taking office.

Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:02pm

The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers.

Tesla says it will take orders for cheaper car in March

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 4:01pm

Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then.

Prosecutors allege bogus tire claims by NASA contractors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:52pm

Federal prosecutors say two NASA contractors in Florida committed fraud by submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for car tires.

Omaha vocational center settles nursing program flap

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:41pm

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has announced a settlement with a nonprofit vocational training center in Omaha.

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:41pm

The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

Valeant will buy eye surgery device maker Synergetics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:51pm

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it will buy eye surgery product maker Synergetics USA for as much as $192 million.

Fed report shows autos and housing fueling US growth

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:31pm

While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices.