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President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, but more financial pain lies ahead. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fore: Federal deficit to drop this year, but financial pain to skyrocket in future

- The Washington Times

President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, reflecting slow but steady progress he and Congress have made on cutting annual spending. But the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the long-term problems remain with entitlements such as Social Security and the major health care programs, which will send deficits soaring back toward $1 trillion within a decade.

Canada's iconic coffee chain, Tim Hortons, and Miami-based Burger King say they will join forces but will operate as independent brands to form the world's third-largest quick-service restaurant company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

For Democrats, Burger King now public enemy No. 1

- The Washington Times

Burger King’s $11 billion acquisition of a Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts chain has fired up Senate Democrats and led to calls for a boycott, but the iconic fast-food joint hit back Tuesday as it finalized the deal.

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IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying

- The Washington Times

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

** FILE ** In this Feb. 2, 2009, file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York. Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours, early Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

- Associated Press

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 file photo a for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Walpole, Mass.  Freddie Mac reports on mortgage rates for this week Thursday April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Freddie Mac faulted by IG in $2 billion mortgage fraud loss

- The Washington Times

The federal government’s giant housing agencies could have saved taxpayers billions of dollars from mortgage fraud in a celebrated case involving Colonial Bank and Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, if they had shared more information with each other and conducted better audits.

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News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

Waves pound Hueneme Beach in Port Hueneme, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore. (AP Photo/Ventura County Star, Rob Varela)

Huge waves wow throngs in Southern California

- Associated Press

Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught.

Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

- Associated Press

The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle - one word, really - yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans.

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO

Associated Press

A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives.

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan

- Associated Press

Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees.

Correction: Thailand-Six-Legged Livestock story

- Associated Press

In a story Aug. 25 about insects being raised for food around the world, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the first cricket farm in the United States will open this year in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. The farm is in Youngstown, Ohio, and is now operating.

State officials, industry to meet on new air rules

Associated Press

State regulators will meet with Arkansas utilities and others affected by pending changes to air quality standards that call for a 45 percent cut in carbon emissions in the state.

App allows Durham residents to find yard service

- Associated Press

When Durham resident James Wilson's lawn mower failed several weeks ago, he said he wanted to find a lawn service without flipping through the phonebook.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky toward new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.

Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci, of Brazil, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Wawrinka gets into tiff with fan in US Open win

- Associated Press

In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to "Shut up."

Judge hears request to block new La. abortion law

- Associated Press

An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court.