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In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, photo, fourth-generation tobacco farmer Chris Haskins pauses as he works at his curing barns facility in Chatham, Va. Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia.  (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
US tobacco growers brace for tougher competitionEnd of tobacco quota buyout checks leave surviving growers exposed to free market economics
The Associated Press19 minutes ago
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock looking in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticismSouth Africa: Legal groups worried about harsh criticism of judge in Oscar Pistorius trial
The Associated Press30 minutes ago
Minneosta Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks at a news conference at the team's training facility in Eden Prairie on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  The Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practice this week and play in Sunday's game at New Orleans despite having been indicted last week in Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.     (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)  MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT
Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse chargeVikings bring back RB Adrian Peterson despite child abuse charge, will play vs Saints
The Associated Press33 minutes ago
FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets sank Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
World stocks sag ahead of Fed meetingWorld stock markets sag ahead of potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting, Scotland vote
The Associated Press38 minutes ago
Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PMConfidence vote in French parliament hinges on stagnant economy, split within Socialists
The Associated Press57 minutes ago
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FILE - In this April 15, 2012 file photo Eminem performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The music publishers for American rapper Eminem are suing New Zealand’s ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself.” A spokesman for the two companies, Joel Martin, said they filed a case Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014,  in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political partyEminem's publishers sue New Zealand political party over music used in campaign ad
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Rapper Common's father, Lonnie Lynn, dies at 71Rapper-actor Common's father, Lonnie 'Pops' Lynn, known for spoken-word poems, dies at 71
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This CD cover image released by Interscope Records shows "Songs of Innocence," by U2. U2's latest album was given away for free to iTunes users at Apple's unveiling event in Cupertino, Calif. All customers with iTunes accounts received the 11-song "Songs of Innocence" for free last Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Interscope Records)
Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million usersApple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users in six days since free copies issued
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David William Noll stands before a judge during a hearing Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Park City, Utah. Noll, a California man pleaded guilty to defacing two Utah murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. Noll will pay $13,000 in restoration costs as part of a plea agreement. Noll told a judge Monday he was suffering from a bout with bipolar disorder when he drove to Park City and damaged the works on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)
$13K restitution ordered in Banksy defacement caseCalifornia man to pay $13,000 to restore defaced Banksy graffiti art in Park City
The Associated Press8 hours ago
FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced Monday, Sept. 15, that he will make a brief concert tour in North America this December. He's also releasing a blues album in October produced by Rick Rubin. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tourCat Stevens to tour in US for first time since late 1970s; will visit 6 North American cities
The Associated Press9 hours ago
 
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