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  • In an undated photo provided by Iva Harberg, Mary Grams, 84, holds a carrot that grew through her engagement ring in Alberta, Canada. Grams, who lost her diamond ring 13 years ago while pulling weeds in her garden, is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Grams, 84, said she can't believe the vegetable actually grew through and around the diamond engagement ring she had given up for lost. (Iva Harberg/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

    CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can’t believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around […]
  • Appeals court voids pipeline safety order for Exxon

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline-safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it could have applied to more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) of […]
  • Florida bans future investments in Maduro’s Venezuela

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott easily won approval Wednesday for a proposal to bar the state’s $150 billion pension plan from making future investments that directly support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Scott and the two other trustees who oversee the plan quickly approved the ban, which could be […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Corporate chiefs flee Trump; he disbands WH advisory panels NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump on Wednesday disbanded a pair of advisory business councils. It was the latest fallout from his comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some Republican office holders also are seeking to distance themselves […]
  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 file photo of actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie 'Spectre' in Berlin, Germany. British actor Daniel Craig announced he returning to cars, cocktails and camera pens to play James Bond in the franchise’s next film, due out in 2019.  The 49-year old actor told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s “Late Show” that it will likely be his last time playing 007, and that he hopes to “go out on a high note.” (AP Photo/Michael Sohn/File)

    Daniel Craig, back as Bond, keeps 007 fans on edge

    NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Craig’s 007-era will die another day. After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the “Late Show” that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019. “We’ve just been trying to figure things out,” […]
  • Urban Outfitters and Agilent climb; Bristol-Myers skids

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday: Urban Outfitters Inc., up $2.94 to $19.76 The clothing and accessories retailer had a better second quarter than Wall Street expected. Target Corp., up $1.96 to $56.31 The company raised its annual estimates after it did better than analysts expected in the second […]
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker meets with reporters in Juneau. Walker is asking the Trump administration to back off when it comes to marijuana. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

    Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking […]
  • How major US stock market indexes fared Wednesday

    U.S. stocks rose slightly Wednesday as Urban Outfitters and Target helped retailers rally. That was enough to cancel out more losses for energy companies. On Wednesday: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.50 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,468.11. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 25.88 points, or 0.1 percent, to 22,024.87. The Nasdaq […]
  • Int’l arrivals to US increased 2 percent in January

    International arrivals to the U.S. increased 2 percent in January 2017 compared with January 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. The 5.6 million international visitors who arrived this past January represented the first monthly increase in inbound international visits to the U.S. since June 2016, the agency said in a release in Washington […]
  • FILE - In this July 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event about healthcare, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    White House: Gov’t to make health law payments this month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes, […]
  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Aug. 15 $19,808,747 Statutory debt limit $19,808,772 Total public debt outstanding Aug. 15 $19,844,740 Operating balance Aug. 15 $100,391 Interest fiscal year 2017 thru July $249,302 […]
  • Chris McLaughlin, a vice president with Evolv Technology, test the company's body scanner at Union Station subway station in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Passengers boarding subway trains in Los Angeles may soon be shuffled through airport-style body scanners that are aimed to detect firearms and explosives. A two-day pilot program by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro began Wednesday at Union Station. Officials say the machines can scan about 600 people per hour. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

    Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. […]
  • Peter Pan bus company settles complaint over disabled access

    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 Peter Pan Bus Lines Inc. violated federal law by failing to ensure its motor coaches were accessible to people with disabilities. […]
  • Postal worker, 3 men charged in theft of blank money orders

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey postal service worker and three other men are charged in a $100,000 fraud involving dozens of stolen blank money orders. U.S. Postal Service employee Marc Saunders is accused of stealing a money order imprinting machine and more than 180 blank money orders. Authorities learned late […]
  • Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 in Springfield, Ill. The speaker said the Illinois House will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a public school funding revamp next week. Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago, slammed GOP members who would not support the legislation, proposed by Democrats, to incorporate the expansive changes Rauner made in an amendatory veto. (AP Photo/ John O'Connor)

    Correction: Illinois School Funding story

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about a school-funding issue in the Illinois General Assembly, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a school superintendent from Centralia, Illinois. The superintendent’s name is Chuck Lane, not Craig Clark. A corrected version of the story is below: Illinois House schedules school-funding veto override […]