Stocks plunge on more worries about slowing growth in China; S&P 500 drops almost 3 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunge on more worries about slowing growth in China; S&P 500 drops almost 3 percent.

Report says ending ban wouldn't hurt consumers at pump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report concludes that removing restrictions on crude oil exports wouldn't hurt consumers at the gasoline pump, and may even help them.

The finding is providing ammunition to...

ConocoPhillips says it's cutting 10 percent of jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy company ConocoPhillips says it is cutting around 1,810 jobs, or 10 percent of its workforce, following a plunge that took oil prices to their lowest levels in years.

The biggest...

White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the...

Southwest jet diverts after passengers become disorderly

CHICAGO (AP) — Southwest Airlines says a Chicago-bound flight has been diverted to Texas after a group of passengers became disorderly.

Dallas-based Southwest says Flight 1522 from San Diego landed Monday...

Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 24-30

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 24-30. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.34 million.

2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.53...

MTV spreads out its awards show to get more viewers

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV boosted the viewership of its annual Video Music Awards, this year hosted by Miley Cyrus, with a little help from its friends.

The Nielsen company said just over 5 million people watched...

7-Eleven expands deliveries, but Slurpees not included

NEW YORK (AP) — 7-Eleven expanded its delivery service to three cities Tuesday, but its most well-known item, the Slurpee, isn't on the menu for now.

Customers in Chicago, Los Angeles and parts of New York...