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The Latest: Pollution from fertilizer plant found in water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:11am

The Latest on the sinkhole at a fertilizer plant that has contaminated Florida's main drinking water aquifer (all times local):

PepsiCo's drinks, snacks boost sales in North America

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:11am

PepsiCo sold more of its beverages and Frito-Lay snacks in North America during the third quarter, helping it deliver a profit that beat Wall Street expectations.

EU takes Germany to court over road toll system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:03am

The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its road-toll system for private vehicles, claiming that the scheme is discriminatory.

Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher to 254,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:51am

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week but the number of applications remained low, the latest sign that layoffs are scarce.

Berlin store manager allegedly beats shoplifter to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:50am

Berlin police say a 29-year-old supermarket manager is under arrest on charges he beat an alleged shoplifter so badly that he died of his injuries.

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41am

The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

Cambodian agrees to raise minimum wage for garment workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:40am

The Cambodian government has agreed to raise the minimum wage for clothing and footwear workers, a move that could help placate workers in the country's biggest export industry.

Automakers show off electric cars at Paris show

David McHugh and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:31am

Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look ahead to a world of tighter environmental standards and brace for rapid changes in technology.

Spain's central bank warns of cost of political impasse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01am

Spain's central bank is warning that the political impasse in the country could have negative economic effects.

State Police checking possible explosion at Camp Minden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:00am

Louisiana State Police say a hazardous materials unit is on the scene investigating a possible explosion in northwest Louisiana at the same site where a company was previously accused of abandoning 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant.

AP Explains: What does OPEC's tentative deal mean for oil?

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:40am

OPEC nations have agreed in theory that they need to reduce their production to help boost global oil prices during a meeting in Algeria, but a major disagreement between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran still may derail any cut. What happened to oil prices and why can't OPEC agree to anything more binding?

Stocks rise on OPEC production agreement; oil rally fades

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:40am

Energy stocks led most markets higher on Thursday after OPEC nations reached a preliminary deal to cut oil production for the first time in eight years. The price of crude, which shot up about 5 percent on Wednesday's news, edged back slightly.

75,000 could starve to death in Nigeria after Boko Haram: UN

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:40am

As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don't respond quickly, the U.N. Children's Fund is warning. That's far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising.

Renault-Nissan CEO at Paris auto show: Diesel isn't dead yet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50am

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn't ready to give up on diesel — though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company's bet on electric cars.

A look at Hungary's referendum on EU refugee quotas

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:40am

Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states. Here's a look at what's at stake:

New satellite channel to be talk radio for music fans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:30am

It seems like a contradiction in terms, but the SiriusXM satellite radio network is launching a talk channel devoted to music.

Romanian capital to get subway line to airport by 2022

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11am

The city council of Romania's capital, Bucharest, has approved a one billion-euro ($1.12 billion) project to build a subway connecting the city to the main airport.

Saudi Arabia may still fight back against 9/11 lawsuit bill

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:00am

Saudi Arabia's lobbying and warnings to Congress were not enough to blunt the passing of legislation allowing families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the kingdom for the attacks.

Germany's Commerzbank to cut 7,300 jobs in restructuring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51am

German lender Commerzbank says it expects to cut a net 7,300 full time jobs as part of a restructuring to concentrate on its core businesses.

Correction: Algeria-Oil Prices story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:20am

In a story Sept. 29 about OPEC's deal to curb oil production, The Associated Press misspelled the Algerian energy minister's name. It is Noureddine Boutarfa, not Bouarfaa.