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Historic commercial flight from US to Cuba set to take off

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:20am

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century flew out of Fort Lauderdale for the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Bankruptcy fraud sentencing delayed for 'Dance Moms' star

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:11am

The federal court sentencing for "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller has been postponed from Oct. 11 to Dec. 2.

Voltaggio closing 5 Family Meal restaurants in 2 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50am

Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says he's closing four of five Family Meal restaurants in Maryland and Virginia.

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge lower in early trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:50am

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:41am

U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August, according to a private survey, suggesting that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains.

Dockers block French port of Le Havre over activists' arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:20am

Dock workers briefly blocked traffic at the French port of Le Havre after two colleagues were arrested over earlier protest violence.

Vote on whether to remove president nears in Brazil's Senate

Mauricio Savarese and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:50am

Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country.

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

Aron Heller and Randy Herschaft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:20am

Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn't actually kill any Nazis.

Relatives of MH17 victims seek EU help in getting radar data

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:10am

Frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine are appealing to the EU's top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine and the United States to hand over intelligence and radar data to investigators.

Global stocks mixed in listless trade ahead of US jobs data

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:01am

Global stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key U.S. jobs data later this week that could help determine how soon the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.

Turbulence forces emergency landing in Ireland; 12 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00am

A United Airlines flight bound for London made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Wednesday after severe turbulence that left 12 passengers needing hospital treatment, officials said.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00am

THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?

US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:41am

The State Department says it's evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.

More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:40am

The mileage scandal at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is widening after the Japanese government ordered sales of eight more models halted after finding their mileage ratings were falsely inflated.

Portugal's anti-austerity effort brings little growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:30am

Portugal's economy is growing only half as quickly as the anti-austerity government had hoped, as its key policy of driving domestic demand comes up short.

Africa's biggest economy officially enters recession

Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:30am

Africa's biggest economy is officially in recession.

British leader chairs Cabinet session to discuss Brexit

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:10am

British Prime Minister Theresa May has firmly rejected the notion of a second referendum on the country's membership in the European Union, insisting Wednesday that the U.K. wouldn't attempt a back-handed effort to remain in the bloc.

Frankfurt airport terminal reopens after security scare

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01am

Authorities say Frankfurt airport is fully reopened after a portion of Terminal 1 was evacuated when a person entered a secure area without undergoing required searches.

Elderly Japanese among 11 dead in typhoon onslaught

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:51am

Heavy rain from Typhoon Lionrock flooded towns across Japan's north and left at least 11 people dead, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home who could not escape rising floodwaters, officials said Wednesday.

Weak eurozone inflation bolsters case for more stimulus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:52am

Consumer price inflation in the eurozone was stuck at 0.2 percent in August, a low rate that could encourage the European Central Bank to offer more stimulus sooner rather than later.