Oil falls as US weighs Syria action

The price of oil fell Wednesday amid uncertainty over U.S. plans to launch a punitive strike against Syria. By midday in New York, U.S. benchmark oil for October delivery was down $1.29, or 1.2 percent, to $107.25 a…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Asphalt 8: Airborne (Gameloft) 2. PicPlayPost (Flambe Studios LLC) 3. Terraria (505 Games) 4. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang) 5. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)…

Nasdaq Stock Market has brief system glitch

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq Stock Market says that one of its trading systems had a brief outage, but the problem was resolved and trading was not affected. Nasdaq OMX, the parent company of the Nasdaq Stock…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks

iBooks’ Official Book Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: 1. “The Road To Forgiveness,” by Justine Elvira (Justine Elvira) 2. “Unbroken,” by Melody Grace (Melody Grace) 3. “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling…

Drug abuse groups say pot stance of feds is wrong

SEATTLE (AP) — Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health. In a letter to Attorney General…

Central African Republic to collect guns

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic on Wednesday launched a program to collect unauthorized weapons in response to rampant violence and petty crime in the chronically unstable nation. Security Minister Jose Binoua announced the program…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Roar,” Katy Perry 2. “Berzerk,” Eminem 3. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 4. “Applause,” Lady Gaga 5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus…

Real estate mogul to give $200M to U. of Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — New York real estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is donating $200 million to the University of Michigan for its business school and athletics programs, the largest single donation to the school and…

NY judge: Researcher to lead stop-frisk meetings

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has appointed the leader of a justice policy research center to organize public meetings to ensure New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is carried out in a constitutional manner. Judge Shira Scheindlin…

Mexican president calls NSA spying illegal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says reported surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency would constitute an illegal act. Pena Nieto demanded the United States investigate the allegations aired in a report Sunday night…

McDonald’s exploring changes to Dollar Menu

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it has been testing versions of…

Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old student has been stabbed to death and three others are injured after a fight at a Houston-area high school. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says a confrontation around 7 a.m. Wednesday at…

Key events in the case of 3 kidnapped Ohio women

Ariel Castro, who kidnapped two teenagers and a young woman in Cleveland and repeatedly raped them for about a decade, apparently committed suicide in his prison cell Tuesday. A timeline of key events in the case: — Aug.…

Steven Tyler sings at tiny Nashville club

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show. Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird…
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Kansas tightens eligibility for food stamp program

Kansas officials say the state will join several others in letting a federal waiver that allows an estimated 20,000 Kansans to receive food assistance without keeping a job expire.…

Auctioneer shows off 118-carat diamond in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction house is showing off a 118-carat white diamond that’s the size of an egg. The oval stone was highlighted at a Manhattan media event Wednesday. It will be auctioned in…