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Mexican poppy producing state votes to decriminalize opium

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:26pm

The legislature in the violence-torn Mexican state of Guerrero is calling on the federal government to legalize production of opium for pharmaceutical use in a move it hopes will reduce crime and help local farmers.

Retired Navy captain indicted in massive bribery scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:20pm

A retired Navy captain in Hawaii has been indicted on federal charges of receiving at least $145,000 in bribes from a Malaysian defense contractor.

Venezuelans jittery ahead of sudden economic reforms

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:03pm

Residents across Venezuela's capital spent a nervous weekend bracing for dramatic measures that President Nicolas Maduro has announced to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage.

Police chief accused of having cocaine parcel sent resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 11:43am

A New Jersey police chief suspended after his arrest on charges of buying cocaine and having it shipped to his post office box has resigned.

Proposed Wyoming wind farm could power Colorado cities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 11:19am

A proposed wind energy project in southern Wyoming could provide power to more than 70,000 homes in several communities in northern Colorado.

Local GOP picks disgraced Illinois lawmaker's replacement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:45am

Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of a conservative radio host and former Illinois congressman, will replace a former state lawmaker who resigned after being accused of sharing nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online.

Emails raise questions about ex-Texas congressman, new job

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:24am

A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday.

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers' crops, cattle

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:15am

Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, with water becoming increasingly scarce, experts say.

Drought reveals remains of German 'Atlantis' in lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:07am

A sustained drought in Germany has revealed the ruins of a village abandoned when a large reservoir was created more than 100 years ago.

Online socks seller Bombas mixes commerce and charity

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:37am

David Heath co-founded online socks company Bombas not because of an overwhelming desire to make a comfortable sock, but after realizing that they were the No. 1 clothing item requested by the homeless.

Pass it On: Entrepreneur's insights on running a business

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:37am

David Heath, the co-founder and CEO of online sock company Bombas, was an entrepreneur early on. His advice? Focus on one product before branching out. Don't copy your competition. And Heath, who meditates daily and brings his Jack Russell terrier named Cooper to work, emphasizes the importance of a healthy work culture.

Drawing from city's proud past, can casino spur revival?

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:35am

Standing on Springfield's Main Street, the nearly $1 billion resort casino meant to spark a downtown renaissance doesn't immediately scream Las Vegas glitz. There's no neon-lit billboard, no soaring tower of glass and steel.

UK investigating reports sunken WWII ships in Asia looted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:10am

Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates.

French audit warns 840 bridges may face risk of collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:59am

An audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damage and at risk of collapse in the coming several years.

Belarusian leader Lukashenko fires Cabinet as economy sinks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:37am

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has fired his Cabinet, emphasizing the need to strengthen the economy to preserve the nation's post-Soviet independence.

Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

Christina A. Cassidy and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:30am

Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning.

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 5:19am

Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs.

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Iliana Mier, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 1:21am

When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.

Relax, binge watchers. Netflix is not adding commercials

Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN Money  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:15pm

Netflix is setting the record straight: It's not adding commercials. It is testing out video promotions between episodes and movies. They can be skipped.

Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 2:50pm

A small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho would be game-changing for energy customers if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the project, a high-ranking federal official said this week at a conference.