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  • Fired regulator: Governor pushed to waive oil safeguards.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown’s senior aides in 2011 that the governor’s orders to override key environmental safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate…

  • Gold, silver slip

    NEW YORK (AP) — The September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,120.60 an ounce, down $3.10. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed at $14.54 an ounce, down…

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock lower

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 2.5 cents to $4.6775 a bushel; December corn was up 1.5 cents to 3.63 a…

  • Report: Massachusetts agency failed to save boy now in coma

    BOSTON (AP) — A new report says a Massachusetts agency failed to protect a 7-year-old boy who police say was beaten and starved by his father and who is now in a coma. The Department…

  • Cardin’s opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced…

  • Crude falls

    Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell 70 cents — closing at $46.05 a barrel.

  • Canada dismisses Chevron appeal in Ecuador rainforest case

    TORONTO (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday dismissed an attempt by oil giant Chevron to block Ecuadorian villagers from using an Ontario court to collect billions in damages over rainforest pollution. The…

  • US stocks drop as mixed jobs report keeps investors guessing

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks extended their steep losses Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report left investors uncertain about the outlook for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy. The report showed that the…

  • Coast Guard auxiliary members hurt in rec field plane crash

    CRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) — Two Coast Guard Auxiliary members were identified Friday as the occupants of a small plane that crashed onto a recreation field hours before kids’ sports practices were set to begin. Jack…

  • Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT

    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.…

  • Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner. The aerospace giant announced the name of its future space fleet Friday. More than 200 people, including Florida Gov.…

  • From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The slogans are familiar: “The Incredible Edible Egg,” ”Pork: The Other White Meat,” and “Got Milk?” They’ve all been part of promotional campaigns overseen by the Agriculture Department and paid for by…

  • Contours of landmark UN climate pact starting to take shape

    BONN, Germany (AP) — U.N. climate talks are plodding ahead toward a worldwide deal to fight global warming, with negotiators agreeing to start work on a draft agreement. A weeklong session in Bonn finished Friday…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks extend losses NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have been extending their steep losses today, after a mixed U.S. jobs report left investors uncertain about whether the Federal Reserve will start to raise…

  • US hiring sizzles in health care and restaurants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring is hot in health care and hospitality. Health care and social assistance employers added more than 56,000 jobs in August, led by hospitals and health service providers. The social assistance…