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  • Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group have been forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences. Misael Santos of the Lev Tahor community says the Jewish group started leaving San Juan La...

  • 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...

  • Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday. Last year, Javed Jaghai made...

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery. The new pay raises reflect what Obama...

  • 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...

  • Casino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice. The Maryland Live Casino in Hanover sued Helena Wong, alleging that she used a...

  • Stocks end higher following strong run in August

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February. The milestone-crushing run capped a week when the S&P eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for the first time. And the index ended August with a gain of 3.8...

  • Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A full panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the decision that allowed the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska to be exempt from federal restrictions on road-building and harvesting of timber. A brief announcement Friday says a...

  • Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated. In a brief statement, the 24-member board said it...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out? NEW YORK (AP) — The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a...

  • Mexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday. Gustavo Hernandez,...

  • Montana report: Jobs outlook good through 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana ranks fifth in the country for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as many members of an aging workforce retire, state officials said Friday. The Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Day report shows the unemployment rate has dropped...

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund...



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