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  • More insurers to offer health law plans next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington, DC. The preliminary figures show 77 insurers...

  • Judge will make Detroit water decision Monday

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy says he'll make a decision next Monday on a request to stop water shutoffs until spring. Judge Steven Rhodes heard testimony from city officials Tuesday, a day after poor residents told him about the hardship of losing water because of unpaid bills. The city says it simply can't afford to...

  • Funds through divisive visa system helped SD dairy

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rodney and Dorothy Elliott had a milking operation in Northern Ireland when a newspaper ad — "Wanted: Dairy farmers in South Dakota" — caught their attention. Along with more favorable regulations and cheaper land, there was also the incentive of four foreign investors putting up $500,000 each through a U.S. visa...

  • Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

    DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors' 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city's founder, is moving its headquarters to New York. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its German rivals, wants to get closer to its ideal buyers. Executives and...

  • Climbers pay $4K for violations in Utah park

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three rock climbers have paid a $4,000 settlement to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah for violating climbing policies in the making of a photograph that appeared in a Patagonia clothing catalog, a park official said Tuesday. Park rangers discovered illegal climbing routes in the red rock park after seeing the photograph...

  • US, Europe stocks hit by soft data, Syria conflict

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stagnation in Europe and conflict in Syria unsettled global stock markets Tuesday afternoon, pushing European and U.S. indices lower. France's benchmark index ended sharply lower and Standard & Poor's 500 headed for its third loss in a row. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 lost eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,985 as of 3:32 p.m....

  • Millennial Media to buy Nexage for $107.5 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Millennial Media Inc., a mobile advertising company, said Tuesday that it plans buy privately-held Nexage for about $107.5 million in cash and stock to broaden its offerings to clients. Nexage, based in Boston, makes a platform that automates the buying and selling of mobile ads. The deal is expected to close in the fourth...

  • Los Angeles port fire prompts school evacuation

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — All container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles were shut down, a nearby school was evacuated, and area residents were advised to stay indoors as a precaution over concerns about air quality from a stubborn fire Tuesday at a Port of Los Angeles wharf. The eight terminals likely will remain closed until the night shift...

  • Oil near its low for the year despite turmoil

    NEW YORK (AP) — The oil market has lost its jitters. Political turmoil and military conflict in certain global hotspots has typically sent oil prices soaring. There's plenty of that now, but oil is near its low for the year. The price has fallen by $15 per barrel since mid-summer despite escalating violence in Iraq, OPEC's second largest...

  • Man charged with threatening to take over ranch

    HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A man who lost his western Montana ranch in a 1979 divorce and spent more than 20 years in prison for intimidating judges, attorneys and others involved in the case is now charged with threatening to kidnap the current owners and showing up at the property to "take back the ranch," Ravalli County court records said. John...

  • ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill

    PHOENIX (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona says a new state law making so-called "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists and even historians. The ACLU alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law is so broadly written that it can make any person who distributes or displays a nude...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Soft data, Syria strikes hit US, European markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weak economic news and airstrikes against militants in Syria sent global stock markets lower. The biggest declines came in Europe, where France's benchmark index fell sharply. The selling was more modest in Asia and the U.S., where the economy remains healthier. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 116 points, or 0.7 percent,...

  • Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-five House members are urging the Obama administration to ban children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. A copy of the letter was...

  • Wind power proposed to supply Los Angeles area

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming via an energy storage facility in Utah was proposed Tuesday by four companies. The Wyoming and Utah sites would be linked by a $2.6 billion, 525-mile transmission line that would traverse Colorado, and the power...

  • San Diego philanthropist launches newspaper bid

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An octogenarian philanthropist launched a bid to buy San Diego's dominant newspaper and turn it into one of the nation's largest nonprofit news organizations, while another major Southern California publisher shut its short-lived Los Angeles newspaper. Malin Burnham, a prominent San Diego businessman with a background in...

  • PERA gets $190 million in settlement with Colorado Springs on Memorial Hospital pensions

    Time for Colorado Springs to pay up. Colorado Springs announced a $190 million settlement with the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association on Tuesday, ending their high-stakes dispute over unfunded pension liabilities at Memorial Hospital. The agreement, unanimously approved by City Council on Tuesday, ends the largest legal battle...

  • Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other. "When you see nothing but words and numbers, it...

  • US clampdown on tax maneuver leaves its mark

    NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them. The Treasury Department announced new regulations on Monday aimed at making these so-called inversion deals less lucrative. In a typical deal, an American company buys a...

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday Sept. 21 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records) 2. Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow"...

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