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  • What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up...

  • Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene...

  • Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

    YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine. China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite...

  • Global stocks mixed after Wall Street decline

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street slid and and Hong Kong braced for bigger pro-democracy protests. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's Dax index was off 0.1 percent at 9,485.74 points while the CAC-40 in Paris shed 0.1 percent to 4,410.39. Wall Street looked set for little...

  • Myanmar awards first licenses to foreign banks

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar awarded licenses Wednesday to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in a half-century. Lenders from Japan, China and Australia were among the nine banks to receive licenses in a reform implemented after Myanmar emerged from dictatorship. Those...

  • Tesco says UK authorities to investigate accounts

    LONDON (AP) — Tesco, one of the world's largest food retailers, says U.K. authorities are conducting a full investigation after its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million). Tesco said Wednesday it will cooperate fully with the Financial Conduct Authority probe. The...

  • Renaissance RX to expand in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A biomedical company is expanding and bringing at least 425 new jobs to New Orleans. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret says Renaissance RX will make an $8 million capital investment in a new headquarters location in the city's central business district....

  • France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts

    PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history. Presenting the 2015 budget Wednesday, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said, "These spending cuts are crucial to our...

  • Putting liquor to a vote in Mississippi

    TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Pontotoc voters approved the sale and consumption of beer and liquor in the city, while alcohol remains illegal in the rest of Pontotoc County. As a result of the Sept. 16 referendum, Pontotoc became the ninth city in Mississippi to take advantage of a 2012 state law. Two...

  • 10 Virginia schools win US recognition

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten Virginia schools are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each has been named a National Blue Ribbon school, signifying academic rigor and dramatic gains in student achievement. Seven public schools and three private schools are being recognized....

  • McAuliffe energy plan for Va. to make debut

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made energy a key component of his administration, promoting natural gas through the state and encouraging efficiency in response to climate change. Wednesday, the Democrat is expected to outline his energy vision for the state in great detail when...

  • Southwest Va. county ID'd by anti-drug agency

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Tazewell (TAZ'-wehl) County has been designated a "high intensity drug trafficking area," which opens the door to federal resources to disrupt drug trafficking. The designation was announced Tuesday by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Tazewell County...

  • Va. gets nearly $12M workforce grant

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is receiving nearly $12 million in federal funds to enhance employment and financial literacy for Virginians with barriers to higher education and employment. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor on...

  • Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica set

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Colonial Williamsburg is planning an opening ceremony for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be put on display there. Called The Wall that Heals, the 250-foot replica will be installed from Oct. 9-13 at the heritage tourism site. Colonial Williamsburg...

  • Schools alerted about phony invoice scam

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has issued a consumer alert about a scam targeting school districts by sending phony invoices for products never ordered or delivered. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the scam involves a bogus company named Scholastic School Supply. One...



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