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US stocks rise on rebound in oil, strong company results

(AP) — Stocks are closing higher, led by gains in energy companies as the price of oil recovers.

FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

(AP) — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles.

Obama administration tightens rules for chemical disclosure

(AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Venezuelan smugglers defy crackdown drawn by huge profits

(AP) — In a warehouse at the edge of this city near Venezuela's western border, the load of valuable contraband sits in boxes ready to be shuttled the few miles (kilometers) into Colombia where it will fetch an impressive profit.

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

(AP) — Carrie Swing wasn't alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling out worksheets and helping younger students read because no substitute could be found for her absent teacher.

States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

 (AP) — Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls.

Magazine publisher Meredith finds success focusing on women

(AP) — The nation's top publisher of magazines and websites for women has its origins in a journal sold door-to-door featuring tips to help farmers get ahead in the early 1900s.

US stock market sinks as price of crude oil resumes a slide

(AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower, led by declines in the energy sector as the price of oil resumes a long-term slide.

Tesla updating Model S to ease range anxiety, improve safety

(AP) — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge — and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.

Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' law raises legal flags

(AP) — An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.