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AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

The chairman of California's Senate Governance and Finance committee said Thursday that he will ask committee staff to review all state accounts that handle charitable tax contributions to find out if there is unspent money languishing in them, in response to a report by The Associated Press.

Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

Obama calls on Congress to pass budget without drama

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama is highlighting good economic news during a period of wildly erratic stock markets to make the case the United States remains an anchor of global strength.

Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:13pm

Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.

University of Kansas, Hall reach agreement over documents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:11pm

The University of Kansas reached a settlement agreement over the release of emails and other documents with a student group looking for ties between an economic research center and brothers Charles and David Koch, the university announced Thursday.

Gap to end on-call scheduling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:11pm

Gap Inc. is ending its practice of requiring workers to remain on-call for short-notice shifts after an inquiry from New York's attorney general.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:01pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit challenging Nevada's broad new Education Savings Account program. The suit says the law violates a portion of the Nevada Constitution that bans using public funds for sectarian purposes. The treasurer's office is administering the program and declined to comment.

Delaware lawmakers eye budget vote procedures

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 4:01pm

Democratic leaders of the legislature's budget-writing committee don't seem interested in changing voting requirements for passage of the state's annual spending plan.

Ruling could ease way for unionizing at fast-food chains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:51pm

It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Texas judge wants $10M set aside in 'Fifty Shades' case

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:51pm

A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.

Los Angeles Marathon gets new sponsor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:50pm

The Los Angeles Marathon has a new sponsor.

Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:42pm

Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.

Freeport-McMoRan cuts more spending; Icahn discloses stake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:42pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn said late Thursday that he has taken an 8.5-percent stake in Freeport-McMoRan, just hours after the mining company announced cost cuts and lower spending in response to declining copper prices and soft economic conditions worldwide.

Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway about Fogle

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:31pm

A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.

New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from legislation addressing concerns about court fines raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson to child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday.

Ex-lawmaker's role in Iowa Medicaid bidding faces criticism

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

A former lawmaker's role is casting doubt on the process used to select companies to manage Iowa Medicaid, with one losing vendor alleging she provided an unfair advantage to a winning bidder after working as a state contractor.

The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:53pm

Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday.