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BC-US–Burning Man

  RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert. Friday’s official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music [...]

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Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers’ luggage

  HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties [...]

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BC-US–Made in America-LA,1st Ld-Writethru

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the first day of downtown Los Angeles’ inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city is tuning up for round two. The Budweiser Made in America concert resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many acts set to [...]

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AP-Financial-Markets

  It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time. The move extended the stock index’s record-shattering run this year. The latest milestone comes as investors see new signs that [...]

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AP-US-Tesla-Giant-Factory

  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 [...]

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Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

  JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel. Most of the new building would be to make up for the current housing deficit, [...]

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Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

  RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days. But the expected respite quickly turned into one [...]

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No. 23 Tar Heels host Flames in season opener

  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The week started at North Carolina with the focus on who would start at quarterback for the No. 23 Tar Heels in Saturday night’s opener against Liberty. By midweek, however, the attention had shifted to the suspension of four defensive players — a moment that overshadowed the preseason optimism [...]

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FSU-Oklahoma State headlines ACC opening weekend

  A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 1 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State. The reigning national champion Seminoles and Heisman winner Jameis Winston face the Cowboys in the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. The Seminoles [...]

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Feds reviewing Reynolds’ deal to buy Lorillard

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.’s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company said Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information as part of an antitrust review of the deal. The [...]

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California Legislature passes ‘yes means yes’ bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,  passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when “yes means yes” while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape [...]

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