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  • Asian stocks down on recovery, Ebola worries

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday amid worries about the strength of U.S. and European recoveries and the first American case of Ebola. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.7 percent to 15,815.45 points and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.9 percent to 1,973.31. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.7 percent to 5,295.7....

  • Q&A: Mark Weatherford, principal at The Chertoff Group

    When Mark Weatherford joined the Navy, he wanted to be a Seabee and drive tractors, but his superiors steered him toward computer work, changing the trajectory of his life. He wrote a thesis on information security for his master's degree in information technology at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1992 and landed a job...

  • Sheldon Adelson criticizes Internet gambling

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Sheldon Adelson repeated his distaste for Internet gambling during a talk Wednesday night at the G2E Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, saying there was no reason casinos should be in the pockets of every single American. "You cannot know your customer on the Internet," he said. He posed a hypothetical situation...

  • Judge: Stockton must treat pension like other debt

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees...

  • Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers

    HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of Hawaii's largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii's Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state. Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Las Vegas-based Stephens Media. The Garden Island...

  • Flight operations at Chicago airports improving

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says that despite the sabotage last week at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center, air traffic controllers managed more operations at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday than at any other airport. The agency said that by Wednesday afternoon, arrivals and departures at O'Hare were...

  • Several upgrades underway at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs

    New signs inside and out, roomier entrances to interior gathering places and upgrades to bars and other facilities are underway at the Broadmoor World Arena - the result of deals the venue's nonprofit ownership inked this year with The Broadmoor hotel and Anschutz Entertainment Group. While the arena typically makes at least one upgrade each...

  • Man with Ebola virus flew roundabout trip to US

    The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts. Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged Wednesday. He flew on two airlines, took three flights, and had...

  • Nevada city plans festival to celebrate blue jeans

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival in Reno next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans. Reno tailor Jacob Davis created riveted denim jeans in 1871 in a downtown shop. Two years later, he and Levi Strauss & Co. patented the pants with the rivets to...

  • Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors. On Wednesday, someone finally agreed. A Canadian asset...

  • US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was visiting Washington as the standoff between students and authorities intensified in the Chinese territory — the stiffest...

  • Baker Hughes to disclose fracking chemicals

    NEW YORK (AP) — The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations. Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking....

  • Infant's body found in California trash facility

    HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — The body of an infant has been found at a Southern California trash recycling center. Sheriff's deputies were called to Advance Disposal Co. in the high desert city of Hesperia, in San Bernardino County, shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller tells KNBC-TV that investigators would like to...

  • Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won't be anyone to buy....

  • Verso Paper shuttering paper mill in Maine

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Verso Paper said Wednesday that it will shutter a paper mill in Maine that has yet to turn a profit for the maker of coated papers. The Memphis, Tennessee company did not say how many employees at the mill in Bucksport, Maine, would lose their jobs as a result of the closure. But Verso projects that the shutdown will...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Why the bond market is more fragile than you think NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that...

  • BofA board names CEO Brian Moynihan chairman

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan has been named chairman, effective immediately. The lender said Wednesday that its board of directors elected Moynihan to succeed Charles "Chad" Holiday Jr. Moynihan has been CEO of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank since January 2010. Like its competitors, Bank of...

  • Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund.

  • Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world's biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to self-described drag queens, other...

  • AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the...

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