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  • Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy...

  • Time to ditch rising stocks, or stick with them?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. Plenty of experts think...

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine...

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get...

  • Lawmakers protect in-state tuition for veterans

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged. Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine thanked legislative leaders for the bipartisan compromise, which ensures...

  • Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A full federal appeals court will review the decision allowing Alaska's Tongass National Forest to be exempt from federal restrictions on road-building and timber harvests in "roadless" areas." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday announced an 11-member panel...

  • Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

    BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews. Hundreds of relatives and fellow miners prayed outside the El Comal gold and...

  • EEOC holds court-ordered Honolulu news conference

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is hoping a federal judge in Hawaii approves $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai workers. The agency held a court-ordered news conference in Honolulu Friday clarifying that the settlements with four Hawaii farms...

  • Hawaii tourism study finds more vacation rentals

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has about four times as many vacation rentals for travelers than the state's tourism agency previously believed. A new study indicates there are about 26,500 houses and condominiums being rented on a short-term basis around the state, Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice...

  • McDonald's: Vive la France!

    I have never eaten at a McDonald’s in France. But evidently a lot of French men and women do. Business Insider reports that France is McDonald’s most profitable country after the United States. So much for all the French cuisine snobs who lament the presence of McDonald’s in la belle France,...

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments...

  • BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree. The results are a blow to President...

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old...

  • Cover Oregon turnaround bill: $600K and rising

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As he wraps up his work, a corporate turnaround expert initially hired for $100,000 to fix Oregon's troubled health care insurance exchange has billed the state for nearly $600,000 under an expanded contract, a newspaper reported. The current deal between Clyde Hamstreet...

  • Costs of coal power plant proposal challenged

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by advocates of renewable...



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