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Obama hosts first Demo Day to promote entrepreneurship

Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:11pm

President Barack Obama spent his 54th birthday talking to a robotic teddy bear that teaches children how to manage their diabetes and watching a radio waves demonstration used to detect senior falls.

Service restored after phone outages reported in Southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 8:01pm

Phone carriers say some customers in the Southeast who experienced outages with wireless and wired service have had service restored.

Alabama House committee votes down cigarette tax

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:11pm

A legislative committee on Tuesday voted down a proposed hike in Alabama's cigarette tax, killing one of Gov. Robert Bentley's major proposals for filling a hole in the state's general fund budget.

2 plead guilty in $3.8 million mortgage scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:00pm

A former Las Vegas couple has pleaded guilty in a $3.8 million mortgage modification scam that authorities say defrauded more than 400 homeowners.

Kansas ends $25 limit on ATM withdrawals of cash benefits

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:51pm

Kansas has eliminated a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards over concerns from U.S. officials about the much-criticized part of a larger effort to ensure that poor families use their benefits for necessities and not alcohol, gambling or luxuries such as concerts or tattoos.

GM to invest $877 million to upgrade oldest assembly plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:01pm

General Motors says it's investing $877 million to upgrade an assembly plant in Flint.

Woman can go ahead with lawsuit alleging Facebook defamation

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:43pm

A teacher who said her ex-boyfriend broke into her Facebook account and sent malicious sexual statements can proceed with her lawsuit, a court decided Tuesday as it further defined how long someone can wait to bring computer-related claims.

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:42pm

Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent.

MGM Resorts pitches profit plan, 2Q results beat forecasts

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:31pm

Casino giant MGM Resorts International has a cost-cutting and revenue-boosting plan it says will earn it an extra $300 million annually before taxes and other costs by 2017, with most centering on the Las Vegas Strip.

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:01pm

Netflix is letting new parents on its payroll to take up to a year's paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent.

IMF signals delay on adding China to currency basket

Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 5:01pm

The staff of the International Monetary Fund is recommending that China wait until at least October 2016 to join an exclusive club of the world's top currencies.

More than 380 in US sickened by cilantro-linked infection

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:52pm

More than 380 people in 26 U.S. states have been diagnosed with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste, two federal agencies said Tuesday.

Large explosion rocks southeast Missouri aluminum plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:41pm

A massive explosion rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant Tuesday, injuring some workers and creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Travelers CEO to step down in December, cites health issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:31pm

The Travelers Cos. Inc. said Tuesday that Chairman and CEO Jay S. Fishman will step down as CEO on Dec. 1 due to health problems. The company said Alan D. Schnitzer, head of the insurance company's business and international insurance unit, will succeed Fishman as CEO.

Brazil mining company dumps sand and clay into river

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:21pm

Brazilian environmental authorities suspended a mining company's operations in Rio de Janeiro state after a retention dike broke, sending sand and clay into an unpolluted river that flows into Guanabara Bay where Olympic sailing events will be held next year.

Netflix to make Asian debut with Sept. 2 launch in Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:21pm

Netflix will expand into Japan next month to give the Internet video service its first presence in Asia.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

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

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren says a new internal company plan is expected to cut costs and boost revenue to bring in an additional $300 million annually in earnings before taxes and other costs to pay down debt. MGM Resorts owns nine casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and a stake in the CityCenter complex of hotels, casinos and shopping.

Bird flu quarantine to be lifted on most affected Iowa farms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:00pm

Iowa agriculture officials say a majority of the quarantine zones set up around poultry farms infected with bird flu are being lifted.

Air Canada bans shipments of big-game hunting trophies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 4:00pm

Air Canada says it will no longer transport big-game hunting trophies after the killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist drew international attention.