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  • Democratic group seeks probe of GOP congressman

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton violated federal law and House rules through contacts with contributors to a super PAC that backs his Democratic challenger. The American Democracy Legal Fund said Wednesday that it has asked the...

  • Postal workers appeal to Harvard president

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The American Postal Workers Union called upon Harvard University's president to oppose a deal between Staples Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, or resign her seat on the office supply company's board. Staples, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, began providing postal services at some of its stores last year, under a...

  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year. Bonhams auction house said Wednesday's winning bid, which includes its premium, came...

  • Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website. The government's auto safety agency says that inflator mechanisms in the air...

  • Cuomo memoir sales off to slow start in 1st week

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) tempered expectations about how well his new memoir is selling, the first results are in. "All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life" sold 948 copies in the first week after publication. That's according to data Wednesday from Nielsen BookScan, which...

  • Company fined $25M for work-at-home scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that promised lucrative returns for a few hours of work at home was fined $25 million on Wednesday for misleading 110,000 people to buy into the scheme that almost never paid off. The Zaken Corp. sold "wealth building" kits for $148 that offered "insider secret techniques" and "powerful proven...

  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and...

  • Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains_not phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans...

  • Oregon cuts ties with Oracle's health exchange

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is cutting its last ties with a botched health insurance exchange portal built by Oracle Corp. as the state and the high-tech company pursue lawsuits against each other. In April, Oregon announced it was giving up on the troubled state exchange and would use the federal site HealthCare.gov for signing people up for...

  • Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms,...

  • Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves. The types...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website. The government's auto...

  • Owners: Taj Mahal to stay open throughout November

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts is dropping its threat to close Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino on Nov. 13. The company said Wednesday it still cannot guarantee the Taj Mahal won't close by the end of the year, but added it will definitely remain open throughout the month of November. Trump Entertainment has been...

  • BofA to refund Apple Pay customers charged twice

    SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) — Bank of America apologized Wednesday for a double-billing glitch that affected some customers who made purchases with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service that Apple launched this week. Some customers have reported they were charged twice for the same purchase when they used Bank of America debit cards with Apple...

  • Bankruptcy hearing in Trump name fight postponed

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys have postponed a Delaware bankruptcy court hearing over Donald Trump's fight to remove his name from a struggling New Jersey casino. Trump is suing Trump Entertainment Resorts in New Jersey state court, demanding that the Trump name come off the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The lawsuit claims the company...

  • Rules on bank risk in mortgage bonds being adopted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proceeding with new rules that ease guidelines for banks selling mortgage securities and could mean fewer borrowers will need to make hefty down payments. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to adopt the rules, which six federal agencies have been working on since 2011. The SEC'S...

  • FedEx, UPS make plans for a better holiday season

    DALLAS (AP) — Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago. Last December, the delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping. An estimated 2 million packages were...

  • 3D Systems shares fall on 3Q outlook

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — 3D Systems Corp. shares sank Wednesday after the 3D-printing company said manufacturing constraints would hamper its third-quarter performance. The Rock Hill, South Carolina-based company said that it expects to earn between 16 and 19 cents per share for the period on an adjusted basis with revenue between $164 million...

  • Slide in energy sector drags US stock market lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the price of oil dragged down energy stocks. Eight of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 fell, led by a 1.7 percent drop in...

  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes. The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to the...

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