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  • Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub

    HONG KONG (AP) — Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China. The impact on Hong Kong's key...

  • European Central Bank to detail stimulus plan

    NAPLES, Italy (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower. And a drop in the currency — which helps eurozone exporters and could nudge up...

  • Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded,...

  • Firm says phone app spies on Hong Kong protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. security firm says the Chinese government might be using a smartphone app to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The firm, Lacoon Mobile Security, says activists have received a link to the application that says it was created by a protest group. The firm said...

  • 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....

  • Mine plan spurs sharp jabs in governor debate

    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota's candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration of "slow-walking" a regulatory review of...

  • 2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor

    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Jennifer Cramblett was five months pregnant and happy with her life in April 2012. She and her partner had...

  • 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...

  • Essar Steel closes on financing to complete mine

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Essar Steel Minnesota has closed on financing to complete construction of its open-pit iron ore mine and pellet plant. With financing in place, Essar will now ramp up construction at the project site in Nashwauk. In the next 30 to 60 days, the company will focus on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ND attorney general settles case with polling firm

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Democratic polling firm representing backers of a state conservation fund will pay $2,000 to resolve a complaint alleging violations of North Dakota's do not call law, court records show. The North Dakota attorney general's office and Las Vegas-based Campaign...

  • 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...

  • Manager Orr testifies in Detroit bankruptcy trial

    DETROIT (AP) — Emergency manager Kevyn Orr testified in bankruptcy court Wednesday that when he took over Detroit's finances, he found a city with poor services for residents, next to no cash flow and significant neighborhood blight. Orr, who was hired by the state in March 2013 to fix...

  • 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...



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