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  • Top selling vehicles in the US in September

    Automakers announced September U.S. car and truck sales on Wednesday. Here are the top sellers, the number of vehicles sold and the percent change from a year ago. Source: Autodata Corp.

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • Vermont's Bag Balm ointment goes corporate

    LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's locally produced, quirkily used Bag Balm ointment long ago moved beyond the bovine, but now it's going corporate. The 115-year-old family business was sold last week to a group of investors who are promising to expand the brand, but not change the formula of...

  • Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. The Seattle-based company said it regularly evaluates its network to ensure the business is...

  • 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...

  • Royal Oak house built with shipping containers

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — An unfinished house in Royal Oak is drawing the attention of passersby due to the unusual material it's being constructed with: commercial shipping containers. "Ever since construction started this summer, people stop and stare at it," said neighbor Lawrence Marble....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The action puts in force a step announced by President Barack Obama in February. The Labor Department said nearly 200,000 American...

  • US OKs $1.75 billion arms sale to Saudi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved a $1.75 billion sale of Patriot missiles and associated items to Saudi Arabia to bolster the air defenses of the key U.S. ally in the Arab world. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday that the State Department had...

  • Prison for bank exec who used firm's card for wine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former TD Bank executive who used a company credit card to buy $240,000 in Champagne and lap dances at strip clubs to ease his stress from work has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1xCJuIx ) reports 42-year-old Jeffrey...

  • US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant. The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies, and for civil rights lawyers...

  • Regulators reject challenge to Ameren power rates

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri outlined new plans Wednesday to gradually reduce its reliance on coal-fired power plants, while state utility regulators also rejected a complaint alleging the company has earned more than it's entitled to on its electricity rates. The Missouri Public...

  • Guam businesses look forward to carrier visit

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam businesses are looking forward to an economic boost when the USS George Washington aircraft carrier visits the island. The carrier and its 5,500-person crew were scheduled to dock Wednesday, The Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1mRLkRWA) reported. The Washington,...



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