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  • Large explosion at aluminum plant in southeast Missouri

    MARSTON, Mo. (AP) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a massive explosion at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant. The explosion and fire around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday sent a large plume of smoke above…

  • Philanthropist, GOP powerbroker Elsie Hillman dies at 89

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania philanthropist and political activist who helped propel moderate Republicans to state and national offices has died. Elsie Hillman was 89. Hillman’s billionaire industrialist husband of 70 years, Henry Hillman, and…

  • News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ vote on the international accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most crucial national security decision since lawmakers voted in…

  • Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials…

  • Fire sale on stuff that burns: Oil, natural gas, coal down

    NEW YORK (AP) — These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement…

  • Clarification: Pimco-SEC story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 3, The Associated Press reported that the investment management company Pimco said the Securities and Exchange Commission may take legal action against its total return fund. The…

  • Former Brazil chief of staff arrested in Petrobras scandal

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Police in Brazil have arrested former presidential chief of staff Jose Dirceu, the most senior member of the ruling Workers’ Party to be taken into custody in connection with corruption at…

  • Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel’s first concrete step in its new “zero tolerance” approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought…

  • Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem. The socialist South American…

  • US stocks waver between gains and losses; Allstate slumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved between small gains and losses on Tuesday as investors assessed company earnings reports and deal news. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped one point, or…

  • FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S. However, Food and…

  • Willis, Stewart, Lively among cast for Allen’s next film

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are among the stars of Woody Allen’s next film. Allen announced the cast for his latest film Tuesday. The not-yet-titled movie will begin shooting…

  • Virginia Democratic Senator backs Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is backing the international accord with Iran. The former Democratic Party chairman made the announcement on Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. He says…

  • Russia eyes action against non-EU nations joining sanctions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s prime minister has ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union’s sanctions against Russia. Dmitry Medvedev instructed officials Tuesday to consider counter-sanctions against…

  • Court upholds $96M award to Chevron in dispute with Ecuador

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a $96 million arbitration award to Chevron Corp. stemming from a 1990s-era oil contract dispute with the government of Ecuador. The U.S. Court of Appeals for…