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  • Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a...

  • Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory — Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona or New Mexico....

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks...

  • Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information. BYTEGRID, which...

  • Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

    DETROIT (AP) — It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to start...

  • NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death

    NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug,...

  • Colorado Springs business leaders forming group to influence civic, political decisions

    Local business leaders are forming an organization to become involved in major civic and political decisions in Colorado Springs. Their stated beliefs include: keeping tabs on city infrastructure; electing politicians who share their vision and values; taking a stand on major issues in the community; and working to foster the city's arts...

  • 5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office

    NEW YORK (AP) — The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. But really, the movie of the summer was "Star Wars:...

  • Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter. "I believe it's going to pay off," she said amid instruction in sawing techniques. If...

  • In Sandy turnaround test, NYC says it'll meet goal

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City home repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery. Officials say they're positioned to pass their test of rebuilding both houses and confidence. The Build It Back initiative is tasked with starting 500 construction projects and sending 500...

  • South American food chains use Florida as US gate

    MIAMI (AP) — When El Corral Burgers opened its first U.S. restaurant near Miami last year, Colombian-Americans came in droves to get a taste of home. They had missed the chain's 20 different recipes of freshly made burgers, which back in the South American country are frequently recommended by proud locals to foreign visitors. An average of...

  • In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing...

  • Sesame catching on in southeast US

    LAKE CITY, Ark. (AP) — Farmers in the southeast United States are moving into sesame production, producing millions of seeds for tahini or hamburger buns even when there's a drought. Sesame pods used to be so brittle that they had to handled gently, but new traits developed over the past decade let farmers use typical equipment to harvest...

  • Here's what happens when a casino closes down

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When a casino shuts down, making an announcement over the loudspeaker and herding gamblers off the casino floor is only the beginning. Here's a look at what takes place behind the scenes: — Secure the money and the chips. Casino security, supervised by inspectors from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement and...

  • A history of casino revenue, jobs in Atlantic City

    Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978: ___ May 26, 1978: Resorts Atlantic City opens. Casino revenue: $134 million Casino employment: 3,300 ___ June 26, 1979: Caesars Atlantic City opens. Dec. 29, 1979: Bally's Atlantic City opens. Casino revenue: $325 million...

  • Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it's kind of "creepy...

  • 50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US

    A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards: ___ ALABAMA The state school board folded Common Core into the state's College and Career Ready Standards for public schools and has been defending the decision ever since. Legislators introduced bills in 2013 and 2014 to repeal the standards. The repeal movement drew support from tea...

  • Time to ditch rising stocks, or stick with them?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many others offer...

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will pick up speed. Obama says...

  • Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

    A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade. Doctors say that a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug cut the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent. The drug, made by Switzerland-based Novartis, does not have a name yet and is just called LCZ696. If it wins federal...

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