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US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:52am

The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to the lowest level in five months as exports posted a small gain while imports declined, reflecting a big drop in shipments of consumer goods such as cell phones.

Iran deal will survive in Congress despite GOP opposition

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:50am

The Iran nuclear deal strongly backed by President Barack Obama and just as ardently opposed by the GOP is now on track to get through Congress.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 282,000

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:42am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

Hungary blasts EU on migration; chaos at Budapest station

Pablo Gorondi and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:10am

Hungary's leader railed Thursday at Germany and EU leaders for lacking urgency in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis as chaos reigned back home, where migrants by the hundreds dashed into Budapest's main train station after police stopped blocking its entrance.

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

Michael Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 12:30am

They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 11:30pm

President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.

US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July, smallest in 5 months, as exports advance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 6:40am

US trade deficit drops to $41.9 billion in July, smallest in 5 months, as exports advance.

Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:42am

A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.

Afghanistan hosts regional economic forum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:41am

Officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in the Afghan capital Thursday for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war.

Avicii cancels rest of 2015 shows at Wynn Las Vegas clubs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:20am

Wynn Las Vegas says its resident DJ Avicii (ah-VEE-chee) is cancelling the remainder of his shows at XS and Encore Beach Club this year to take a break.

Feds investigate radiation exposure at Idaho nuclear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:11am

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating a recent incident at a plant that manufactures radioactive products in Idaho Falls.

Bangladesh court indicts owners in deadly 2012 factory fire

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:50am

A court in Bangladesh's capital indicted the two owners of a garment factory and 11 others on homicide charges Thursday for a 2012 fire that killed 112 workers.

Nevada lawmakers frustrated by Tesla's Mexican lithium deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:50am

Electric carmaker Tesla has announced that it will obtain lithium for its batteries from two companies in northern Mexico, leaving Nevada lawmakers who approved major tax incentives for the company frustrated.

Regents expect to name next University of Iowa president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:10am

Members of the University of Iowa's governing board plan to select the school's next president.

BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:51am

BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigns in face of fraud scandal

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

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal.

Sausage patties recalled after complaints of metal pieces

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

A Wisconsin company is recalling roughly 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties after officials say consumers complained of finding small pieces of metal.

French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

Maggy Donaldson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:10am

More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes.

Pacific bluefin tuna group puts off new moves to save fish

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:50am

An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.

School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:11pm

Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn't have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help.