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Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:30am

The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar project to build a better weapon to destroy incoming missiles by slamming into them in space.

Investigation of reporter's weekend inquiries stokes ire

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:07am

Journalists in Oregon and beyond have risen in defense of a small newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether its journalists broke the law for trying to get comments from government officials after business hours.

$248 million settlement reached with Chinese drywall maker

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:07am

A proposed $248 million settlement has been reached in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall that damaged homes and sickened residents.

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:00am

Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook.

Report shows deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:48am

The Congressional Budget Office is upping its projections for this year's federal deficit by $63 billion and increasing its forecast for deficits over the next decade by $809 billion.

US moves toward agreement on Mexican tomatoes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:30am

The U.S. Department of Commerce says it's reached a tentative deal with Mexican tomato producers to prevent unfairly cheap produce from reaching American consumers, heading off a potential 25 percent tariff.

Shootings raise level of alarm at small businesses

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:29am

At a four-hour meeting last month, Michelle Abdow's staffers got to experience some of the sights, sounds and even smells they could encounter if someone invaded their office and began shooting.

Philadelphia police commissioner: Resignation was voluntary

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:29am

Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign abruptly this week are due in court Wednesday.

US has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:28am

The U.S. job market isn't quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported.

Maui explores expanding ban on commercial beach activities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:08am

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino is looking to ban commercial activities at all beach parks on Sundays and holidays.

Grains mixed, livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:03am

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Bolsonaro claims NGOs could be setting Amazon fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:53am

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is suggesting that non-governmental organizations could be to blame for an unusually high number of wildfires in the Amazon.

State TV: Iran to unveil air defense missile system

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:40am

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country will unveil an Iran-made air-defense missile system.

Germany sells long bond at negative rate amid growth fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:39am

The German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate in a sign of the clouds over markets and future growth as well as increased expectations that more central bank stimulus is likely on the way.

Alex and Ani drops $1.2 billion suit against Bank of America

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:08am

Jewelry maker Alex and Ani has dropped its $1.2 billion discrimination lawsuit against Bank of America that had alleged "gender bias and greed."

US home sales rose 2.5% in July, aided by low mortgage rates

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:03am

U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying.

Cars still more efficient than newer SUVs

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:02am

Yes, your sport utility vehicle has gotten smaller and more fuel efficient over the years. But even with those gains, SUVs still are behind cars when it comes to gas mileage.

US home sales rose 2.5% in July as falling mortgage rates help affordability

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:01am

US home sales rose 2.5% in July as falling mortgage rates help affordability.

Portuguese truckers plan new strike, risking gas supplies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:49am

Portuguese tanker truck drivers have announced a new walkout, just days after returning to work and resuming talks with employers in a pay dispute.