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  • 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 patented the pants with the rivets to the...

  • Judge: City must pay creditors and pension fund

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows Stockton, California, to treat public pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim its pension obligations. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the entire...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Stocks start October with a drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets got off to a rough start in October as disappointing economic news and Ebola fears drove stocks lower. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped more than 200 points Wednesday, the first day of trading in a month known for big market swings. Nervous investors shifted their money to havens like bonds and gold....

  • 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...

  • 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. Oahu Publications,...

  • 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...

  • 'Vultures' hover over Argentina -US relations

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Relations between Argentina and the United States have sunk so low the South American nation's president is blaming the Obama administration for her country's debt crisis and suggesting Washington might even want to have her killed. "If something was to happen to me, nobody should be looking to the east, but to...

  • Guilty plea expected in Miami Heat fraud case

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself is expected to plead guilty, according to his attorney and court documents filed Wednesday. A grand jury indictment alleged that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis...

  • 911 caller: Cop told man to drop gun at Wal-Mart

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man carrying a gun in Wal-Mart told state investigators he heard an officer repeatedly say "put it down" about two seconds before police shot the man, killing him, according to a summary of the interview released by the state. The 24-year-old caller, Ronald Ritchie, was interviewed the day...

  • Colorado Springs foreclosure activity continued to slow in September

    Colorado Springs-area foreclosures continued to head in the right direction last month - down. Foreclosure starts totaled just 112 in September, one more than in August and a decline of 18.8 percent from the same month in 2013, according to a report Wednesday by the El Paso County Public Trustee's Office. For the first nine months of 2014,...

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