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  • US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Saturday's announcement brings the total number of states with federal recognition of...

  • How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers are hoping to help. Think about the popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online. It's all giving the class of 2015 has...

  • Stock market's big seesaw gives investors pause

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the...

  • Nevada puts stop to ridesharing Uber for now

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It didn't take long for Uber to come to a screeching halt in Nevada. District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City has blocked Uber from offering any rides in the state through at least Nov. 7. A hearing is set for Nov. 6. The state's attorney general sought the temporary order late Friday afternoon. But as of Friday...

  • Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been...

  • Shipping company pleads guilty in molasses spill

    HONOLULU (AP) — A shipping company pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges from a 233,000-gallon molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, but a federal judge said he wants to examine the legality of $600,000 in community service payments the company has agreed to pay. Last year's spill killed more than 26,000 fish and other marine life. U.S....

  • News outlets seek access in football hazing case

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation. The AP joined with NJ Advance Media, Gannett New Jersey Newspapers and ABC Inc. in a motion filed Friday. Seven members of the Sayreville War...

  • Judge halts New Jersey's sports betting plan

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and...

  • Regulators close small Illinois bank

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have closed a small lender in Illinois, bringing U.S. bank failures this year to 16 after 24 closures in all of 2013. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over The National Republic Bank of Chicago, based in Chicago. The bank, which operated two branches, had about $954.4 million in...

  • US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday. Bill Aossey Jr., who founded Midamar Corp. in 1974, is charged with conspiring to...

  • First Niagara shares drop after $800M charge in 3Q

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — First Niagara Financial Group Inc.'s shares sank Friday after the bank took an $800 million charge that caused a quarterly loss and said it was dealing with a "process issue" with its deposit accounts. The Buffalo, New York-based bank posted a loss after preferred dividends of $665 million, or $1.90 per share, for its...

  • FCC: Phone companies posted private info online

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two phone companies — TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. — unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said Friday they plan to fine the companies. As consumer data breaches go, the case...

  • Colorado Springs Airport bond rating remains 'stable'

    Moody's Investors Service affirmed its Baa1 rating with a stable outlook Thursday on bonds issued by the Colorado Springs Airport. The bond rating agency said the rating reflects a weak competitive position, with passengers going to Denver International Airport. But it said declines in emplanements in Colorado Springs have been balanced by...

  • Colorado Springs medical device company sees shares soar

    Shares of Colorado Springs-based medical laser manufacturer Spectranetics Corp. surged to the highest level in seven months Friday in the wake of financial results that exceeded company and analysts' forecasts. Spectranetics shares jumped $3.67, or 13.4 percent, to $31, the highest closing price for the company's stock since March 20 and less...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Market jolt is reality check for investors NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. A violent lurch lower nine days ago knocked the Standard & Poor's 500 index down as much as 7.4 percent from its September peak as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have revived this week, thanks to...

  • Market jolt is reality check for investors

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the...

  • Judge stops New Jersey from allowing sports betting after request from pro leagues, NCAA

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Judge stops New Jersey from allowing sports betting after request from pro leagues, NCAA.

  • Ford and Amazon are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Ford Motor Co., down 62 cents to $13.78 The automaker reported a drop in quarterly profit, mainly on costs associated with launching its new F-150 pickup truck. The Procter & Gamble Co., up $1.93 to...

  • Questions, answers about Takata air bag recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers. So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp....

  • US official: Auto safety agency under review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of...

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