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  • 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 Lyndonville-based family business was sold last week to a group of investors who are promising to expand the brand, but not change...

  • 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...

  • Former eBay exec sentenced for insider trading

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former eBay executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in insider trading. A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced 45-year-old Christopher Saridakis on Wednesday. Saridakis had pleaded guilty to securities fraud in May. Saridakis, of Wilmington,...

  • Manager Orr on stand in Detroit bankruptcy trial

    DETROIT (AP) — Emergency manager Kevyn Orr has taken the stand in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial. Orr is being questioned Wednesday afternoon by city lawyers in federal court in Detroit. Judge Steven Rhodes is to decide whether Detroit's plan to remove $7 billion in debt is fair to...

  • New Mexico women say motel owner assaulted them

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women have sued a New Mexico motel owner and the director of the halfway where they lived, saying they were repeatedly sexually assaulted at work and threated with being sent back to prison when they complained. The lawsuit says Cindy Hannan, who ran the New Life...

  • Drugmaker submits harder-to-abuse Zohydro to FDA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of the much-debated painkiller Zohydro is seeking approval of a harder-to-abuse version of the drug which, if approved, could replace the currently marketed version of the pill by next spring. San Diego-based Zogenix said Wednesday that it submitted a Food and Drug...

  • Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, but it isn't clear how many employees the move will affect. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacia Meek said Wednesday that Amazon informed her of the closure in an email...

  • Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

    DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September. General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group led the industry with 19-percent sales increases over last September. Toyota sales rose 2 percent; Ford and Volkswagen were down. The pace was expected to slow from a...

  • Supercharged Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a new high-performance version of the Chevrolet Corvette can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. The 2015 Corvette ZO6 is the fastest car GM has ever made. The company says it can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile...

  • Ways to prepare for possible long-term care costs

    Many of us hold on to an idyllic vision of our golden years, imagining we'll be in good health and living self-sufficiently in our own home. But that scenario is likely to get dashed. On average, nearly 70 percent of 65 year-olds will eventually need some form of long-term care, according to...

  • Oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted salaries throughout the state, though the male-dominated, high-paying energy industry also is widening the wage gap between men and women, the state's demographer said. Census figures show the median earnings of North...

  • New Polish premier wants more US military presence

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important. Later Wednesday the Parliament voted 259-183...

  • New York Post settles lawsuit over 'Bag Men' cover

    BOSTON (AP) — The New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline "Bag Men." Neither side would disclose terms of the settlement. A document filed in Suffolk Superior...

  • Paducah Power GM resigns

    PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The general manager of Paducah Power System has resigned amid complaints from customers over high electric rates. David R. Clark, who has led the utility for 14 years, said on Tuesday that his resignation is effective immediately. "It is with regret today that I have...

  • US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats are publicly airing differences over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday at the State Department with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (yee)....



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