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California unemployment rate 4.8 percent in July |Aug 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California's unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 4.8 percent, but the state still added 82,600 nonfarm payroll jobs.The state Employment Development Department said Friday that last month's rate was up from 4.7...

Investigator: Young teens watched 'Warrior Dash' accident |Aug 18, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Young teenagers were safety monitors along a Louisiana obstacle course when a wooden climbing framework collapsed under the weight of more than 20 "Warrior Dash" competitors in October, an investigator revealed Friday.Nearly a...

66 cats, 1 dog rescued from a foreclosed Pennsylvania home |Aug 18, 2017

SNYDERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) A group of volunteers rescued more than 60 animals from the same home where humane officials found 122 cats two years ago.Volunteers from Camp Papillion animal shelter and the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe took 66 cats...

How major US stock market indexes fared Friday |Aug 18, 2017

U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market.On Friday:The S&P 500 retreated 4.46 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,425.55.The Dow...

Driver forced to gun engine and jump rising drawbridge |Aug 18, 2017

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family.Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with...

Eclipse mania sends Americans scurrying to find safe glasses |Aug 18, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years.Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people scurry...

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers |Aug 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) California regulators are tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday.Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack...

Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power |Aug 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday's eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state's growing reliance on energy from the...

Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul |Aug 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) "These are the times that try men's souls," was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days.What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for...

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company |Aug 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the ride-hailing service that he co-founded.Kalanick lashed out in legal...

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites |Aug 18, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASA has launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites.The end of the era came with Friday morning's liftoff of TDRS-M (T-driss-M), the 13th satellite that's part of the Tracking and Data...

Colorado debuts driverless truck to protect road crews |Aug 18, 2017

DENVER (AP) Colorado's transportation agency began using a driverless truck on Friday that is designed to protect highway work crews from oncoming traffic.The truck is officially known as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, but it is not...

Ex-union official in Detroit charged in labor payoff scandal |Aug 18, 2017

DETROIT (AP) A former union official in Detroit has been charged with making more than $40,000 in purchases for herself and others with money from Fiat Chrysler.Virdell King is the fourth person charged in the case. The government says Al...

Yawkey foundation 'disheartened' by efforts to rename street |Aug 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) A foundation set up by the former owners of the Boston Red Sox says its "disheartened" its namesake has become embroiled in the national controversy over racially divisive monuments.The Yawkey Foundations said Friday in a statement...

Worker dies in elevator shaft fall at NYC construction site |Aug 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A worker has died in a fall down an elevator shaft at a luxury condo building under construction in New York City.Police say 22-year-old Jonathan Lupinsky fell two stories down an elevator shaft at the construction site on...

Markets Right Now: Health care, retailers weigh on US stocks |Aug 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks closed slightly lower on Wall Street after a midday rally ran out of gas.Health care stocks and retailers fell more than the rest of the market...

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.In the wake of the deadly clash at a...

Lawyer: Woman didn't exploit glitch, she just spotted a deal |Aug 17, 2017

BRICK, N.J. (AP) The lawyer for a woman accused of exploiting a glitch on a home improvement chain's website to get thousands of dollars' worth of items for free says she is just good at spotting deals.Romela Velazquez's attorney, Jef...

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates...

Nevada judge clears way for expanded marijuana distribution |Aug 17, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational pot sales began last month.Carson City...

Minnesota releases review on disputed Enbridge oil pipeline |Aug 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota regulators on Thursday released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which carries Canadian tar sands crude across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin.The...

Court denies appeal of man caught in texting sting |Aug 17, 2017

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) A court has denied the appeal of a man convicted of attempting to lure a minor after a New Jersey mother posed as her teen daughter, texted him and then alerted police.NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2wjiQK6 ) state appeals...

US Jewish criticism of Trump expands to some supporters |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Ivanka Trump's rabbi denounced President Donald Trump for blaming "both sides" in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the number of American Jewish leaders willing to criticize him grew.Rabbi Haskel...

EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges |Aug 17, 2017

EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million federal agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the...

Gore to give keynote at US clean energy summit in Las Vegas |Aug 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former Vice President Al Gore has agreed to be the keynote speaker at a national clean energy summit in Las Vegas this fall.Former Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval are co-hosting the Oct. 13...

How major US stock market indexes fared Thursday |Aug 17, 2017

U.S. stocks fell sharply Thursday as losses for Cisco Systems hurt technology companies while Wal-Mart declined after its latest quarterly report. Banks also dropped as bond yields and interest rates sank for a second day.On Thursday:The Standard...

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law |Aug 17, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking...

Pennsylvania steakhouse to change name in lawsuit settlement |Aug 17, 2017

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania eatery that was sued by a New York City steakhouse for trademark infringement has agreed to change its name.Owner Robert Dickert will change the name of Scranton's Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood to Carl's...

5 treated after Marine plane loses pressurize in flight |Aug 17, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Marine Corps says a transport plane lost pressure while 21,000 feet in the air during a training mission in San Diego and five people were treated for decompression sickness.Authorities say a C-130J from the Marine Aerial...

Lithuanian man brought to US to face $100 million fraud case |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A Lithuanian businessman extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million was held without bail Thursday, hours after he was brought to the country.Evaldas...

FDA OKs Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia |Aug 17, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed.Pfizer's Besponsa (beh-SPONS'-eh) was approved for patients with a type...

Markets Right Now: Stocks slide on Wall Street |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks are lower in midday trading as investors fail to get excited by quarterly reports from big names like Wal-Mart and Cisco Systems.Most industries...

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate |Aug 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.Cook made the...

Lawsuit: Poland Spring Water is committing 'colossal fraud' |Aug 17, 2017

A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains "100 percent natural spring water" that hails from Maine.The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut...

US stocks slip after results from Wal-Mart and Cisco |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as investors fail to get excited by quarterly reports from big names like retailer Wal-Mart and technology bellwether Cisco Systems. Most industries are slipping, with some of the biggest...

Ford to pay up to $10.1M to settle harassment allegations |Aug 17, 2017

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago-area plants.The settlement announced this week follows an investigation by the U.S. Equal...

Office worker gets 3.5 years for poisoning coffee with soap |Aug 17, 2017

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers' coffee with Windex and dish soap.Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for...

Lawsuit: Sterilization for sentencing breaks violated rights |Aug 17, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A federal lawsuit claims a Tennessee sheriff and judge violated inmates' constitutional rights by reducing their jail time if they underwent birth control procedures.Mike Donovan, whose group Nexus Services Inc. is funding...

LA confirms cannabis czar to regulate legal pot industry |Aug 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) With recreational marijuana use just months away from being legal in California, Los Angeles has appointed a so-called cannabis czar tasked with regulating the local pot industry.The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2v4S5oE )...

Lawsuit for California man's helicopter crash death rejected |Aug 17, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in an ambulance helicopter crash has been thrown out by a judge who said the case must go through California's workers' compensation death benefits program.The...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar |Aug 17, 2017

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue...

3 pension funds sue 6 big banks over stock-lending business |Aug 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Three public pension funds are suing six Wall Street banks, saying the banks overcharged investors in what's known as the stock loan market.The suit is being brought by the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, the Orange...

3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash |Aug 17, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump's comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook.Three charities announced Thursday that they were canceling fundraisers...

Markets Right Now: Stocks inch higher as retailers recover |Aug 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks are closing modestly higher on Wall Street as retailers including Urban Outfitters and Target climb.The gains Wednesday were a reversal for the...

Peter Pan bus company settles complaint over disabled access |Aug 16, 2017

BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts bus company accused of discriminating against passengers with disabilities has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors that resolves the allegations.The U.S. attorney's office in Boston said Wednesday that...

Company ordered to pay $302,500 for deadly Georgia gas leak |Aug 16, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A Georgia official has ordered a supplier of pressurized gasses to pay $302,500 in civil penalties after a sheriff's deputy died from inhaling liquid nitrogen that leaked from one of its tanks.Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire...

Gains for health care and retail sectors send stocks higher |Aug 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday morning as retailers including Urban Outfitters and Target climb. That's helping retailers recover some of the sharp losses they took a day earlier. Health care companies and banks are also trading...

Passengers sue Boeing for 2016 Emirates crash in Dubai |Aug 16, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Passengers who were aboard an Emirates plane that crash-landed in August 2016 are suing Chicago-based Boeing for an alleged malfunction of the aircraft's electronics.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court alleges...

Neil Chayet, of 'Looking at the Law' radio fame, dies |Aug 16, 2017

BOSTON (AP) A lawyer who entertained U.S. radio listeners with brief tales of interesting court cases has died. Neil Chayet was 78.Chayet's family says he died Friday at his home in Salem, Massachusetts, after battling cancer.Chayet recorded...

Man fired for participating in white supremacist rally |Aug 16, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont man has been fired from his job after participating in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2v1SNDe ) that 28-year-old Ryan Roy of Burlington...