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September 2015 Edition

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.

Hulu launches $12 ad-free streaming service

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Video-streaming company Hulu is introducing an ad-free version of its subscription service for $4 extra a month as competition for streaming customers heats up.

Hulu launches $12 ad-free streaming service

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Video-streaming company Hulu is introducing an ad-free version of its subscription service for $4 extra a month as competition for streaming customers heats up.

State fines owner of California spring water firm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is then bottled and sold in stores.

Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion."

Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism

IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) - The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, is accusing his company's critics of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge says he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.

News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role

NEW YORK (AP) - News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is coming back at the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K.

US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.

News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role

NEW YORK (AP) - News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is back the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K.

US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.

Blue Bell resumes production at Oklahoma facility

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northwestern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves at select locations in Texas and Alabama.

Nations' pledges to cut emissions called insufficient

BONN, Germany (AP) - Analysts tracking efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions say the reductions pledged by major economies ahead of an envisioned climate pact this year won't be enough to avoid warming the Earth by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more.

Blue Bell resumes production at Oklahoma facility

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northwestern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves at select locations in Texas and Alabama.

Q&A: What are the signs of a 'bear market' for stocks

The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major stocks indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?

Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.

China slowdown weighs on Australian growth in second quarter

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's economy grew a slower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the three months through June, dragged down by waning Chinese demand for resources including iron ore and coal, government figures showed Wednesday.

Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

CEOs big news can cause ripple effects for company

NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is promising to be away from the job for just a "limited time" when she gives birth to twins later this year, but the development only adds to the uncertainty some investors have long had about Yahoo.

Sands China recruits Alan Dershowitz for lawsuit appeal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz was recruited by Sands China Ltd. on Tuesday to argue that Nevada's Supreme Court should dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the company's former CEO five years ago.

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Report slams FAA response to fire at air traffic facility

CHICAGO (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration had insufficient contingency plans and security protocols in place at a Chicago air traffic control facility that was set on fire last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that recommends the FAA make improvements at all of its facilities.

Report slams FAA response to fire at air traffic facility

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general has determined Federal Aviation Administration contingency plans and security protocols were insufficient at a Chicago air traffic control facility that was set on fire last year.

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open - but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.

McDonald's will launch all day breakfast on Oct. 6

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6.

CEOs big news can cause ripple effects for company

NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is promising to be away from the job for just a "limited time" when she gives birth to twins later this year, but the development only adds to the uncertainty some investors have long had about Yahoo.

Union: Fiat says Jeep Wrangler staying in Ohio, not Cherokee

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Fiat Chrysler assembly plant managers told workers Tuesday that Jeep Wrangler production will stay in the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II, but they also delivered a surprising announcement that the Jeep Cherokee line would be sent out of state, union leaders said.

Nigeria to deploy drones to curb oil theft

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - An official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says the organization will deploy drones across the territorial waters of Africa's largest oil producer to help curb the rampant oil theft.

Charges sought against Brazil's former chief-of-staff

SAO PAULO (AP) - Police on Tuesday asked prosecutors to file charges against Brazil's former presidential chief of staff, Jose Dirceu, for alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

McDonald's will launch all day breakfast on Oct. 6

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6.

Valeant steps in to work on psoriasis drug with AstraZeneca

NEW YORK (AP) - Canadian drugmaker Valeant will work with British competitor AstraZeneca on a potential treatment for psoriasis a few months after biotech giant Amgen said it was ending research on the drug because of a link to suicidal thoughts and behavior.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday

Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug. 21 to Thursday, Aug. 27 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug 21, to Thursday, Aug. 27, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision."

Tech Tips: Windows 10 privacy settings worth checking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.

Harvard launches 'virtual classroom' for students anywhere

BOSTON (AP) - The newest classroom at Harvard's business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.

Los Angeles vote clears way for mayor to seek Olympic deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Tuesday for Mayor Eric Garcetti to strike agreements for a 2024 Olympics bid, putting the city on the verge of becoming the U.S. contender after Boston's awkward collapse.

Prosecutor: Ex-Jared Foundation head admits child sex counts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the ex-director of a foundation created by former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distributing and receiving child pornography.

Valeant steps in to work on psoriasis drug with AstraZeneca

NEW YORK (AP) - Canadian drugmaker Valeant will work with British competitor AstraZeneca on a potential treatment for psoriasis a few months after biotech giant Amgen said it was ending research on the drug because of a link to suicidal thoughts and behavior.

Police search premises of Turkish opposition business group

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Police on Tuesday searched the premises of a business and media group close to a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it and detained six company officials, state media reported.

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