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US jobless rate falls to 7-year low; Fed move still unclear

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:41pm

U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed — a mixed bag of news that offers few clues to whether the Federal Reserve will raise rock-bottom interest rates later this month.

Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:02pm

White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition.

Democrat drops Covered California waiver for immigrants

Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:21pm

A Democratic state lawmaker on Friday dropped his effort to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private insurance through the state's health insurance marketplace.

Brazil's former chief-of-staff charged with corruption

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:03pm

Federal prosecutors on Friday filed corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges against Jose Dirceu, Brazil's former presidential chief of staff, for his alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Report: Massachusetts agency failed to save boy now in coma

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:51pm

The Department of Children and Families failed to protect a 7-year-old boy who police say was beaten and starved by his father and who is now in a coma, according to a report released Friday.

McGraw-Hill Education files for $100M IPO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:51pm

Educational content maker McGraw-Hill Education plans to go public.

Carter Lay, grandson of potato chip maker, dies at 44

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:41pm

Carter Lay, a philanthropist who supported music education and was a grandson of the famed potato chip maker, has died.

Lawsuit over transfer of mentally ill patients to go forward

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:41pm

A lawsuit that challenges the way the state decides to transfer mentally ill inmates from the Montana State Hospital to prison can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

Ruling: More Nevada workers eligible for higher minimum wage

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:51pm

A Carson City judge's recent decision about Nevada's two-tier minimum wage law could mean more workers are eligible for the higher $8.25 per hour rate, rather than the $7.25 allowed if the employer provides health insurance.

Ex-son-in-law of John Gotti pleads not guilty to conspiracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:51pm

A reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti pleaded not guilty Friday in what authorities say is a multimillion- dollar scam involving scrap metal and stolen cars.

Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:41pm

Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.

Grain mostly higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:33pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Gold, silver slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:32pm

The September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,120.60 an ounce, down $3.10.

Next U. Iowa president overcame skepticism in IBM position

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:31pm

University of Iowa president-select J. Bruce Harreld has erased doubts about his qualifications before, but this time could be an even tougher sell.

Maryland officials announce new health insurance rates

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:31pm

Officials announced new premium rates for small group and individual health insurance plans Friday, with critics highlighting substantial increases for individual plans for CareFirst of Maryland Inc. — the largest insurer for the state's exchange.

Grain mostly higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:31pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Canada dismisses Chevron appeal in Ecuador rainforest case

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:22pm

The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday dismissed an attempt by oil giant Chevron to block Ecuadorian villagers from using an Ontario court to collect billions in damages over rainforest pollution.

Coast Guard auxiliary members hurt in rec field plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:12pm

Two Coast Guard Auxiliary members were identified Friday as the occupants of a small plane that crashed onto a recreation field hours before kids' sports practices were set to begin.

Workers' comp ruling for assaulted Nebraska nurse stands

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 1:11pm

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld a workers compensation ruling requiring a Kearney hospital to pay the salary of a former nurse who says she's unable to work because of psychological injuries she received from three assaults at the hands of patients while she was on the job.

Utah Rep. Love returning $1,000 used for Washington trip

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:41pm

U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah said Friday she's repaying more than $1,000 in taxpayer funds she spent on a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., for a black-tie gala, though her office says the trip included some official business.