Saturday, August 30, 2014

 NASCAR auto racing driver Tony Stewart reads a statement during a news conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will

NASCAR superstar returned to the track Friday, Aug. 29, for the first time since the fatal incident in New York.

Updated on Aug. 29, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
 FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Common Core bickering heats up as standards take effect; buyer's remorse hits policymakers?

Posted at 8:37 a.m.
Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie blames primary loss on gay marriage, says GOP sees Ige as easy target

Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:38 a.m.
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
Today is Saturday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
 FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.  (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.
Texas abortion clinics spared imminent closure after federal judge tosses out new restrictions
 In this Friday, July 4, 2014 photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks with parade-goers during the Fourth of July parade in Delano, Minn. In 2012, McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. Inversions are legal, but politicians are calling for a clampdown - including McFadden. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:06 a.m.
Minnesota Senate hopeful defends firm's role in merger that led US company to Ireland
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.
Americans and Europeans who have gone to Syria to fight Assad government
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 5:28 a.m.
International group says Gaza housing reconstruction to take 20 years
Updated at 7:02 a.m.
First-of-a-kind Novartis heart failure drug saves lives, cuts hospitalizations in big study
 FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, trader Edward McCarthy, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As stocks continue to rise, investors are wondering if it’s time to sell. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Updated at 8:01 a.m.
Is the stock rally almost over or does it have legs? The bull and bear cases
 Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) climbs out of his car after qualifying for Sunday's Oral B USA 500 NASCAR auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 3:53 a.m.
Back to the track: Stewart returns to comfort zone, but questions linger after driver's death
 State Senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla's bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. By a 22-15 vote, the Senate approved SB270  that makes California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill now goes to  Gov Jerry Brown.  De Leon had previously opposed the bill, but gave his support after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 3:21 a.m.
Lawmakers approve bill that would make California first state in nation to ban plastic bags
 This July 11, 2014 aerial photo shows Trump Plaza, left, and Caesars Atlantic City, right, on the Atantic City N.J. Boardwalk. A report issued Aug. 29, 2014 by Wall Street firm Fitch Ratings predicts much of the gambling revenue from Trump Plaza and two other casinos closing down soon, Revel and the Showboat, will remain in Atlantic City after they are gone. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Updated at 8:50 a.m.
In Atlantic City, 2 casinos and 5,000-plus jobs will be lost in 1 nightmare weekend

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