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US consumer spending flat in August as auto purchases drop

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:52am

U.S. consumer spending in August turned in the weakest performance in five months, reflecting a drop in spending on autos. Income growth also slowed as wages and salary gains slowed following four strong months.

Many doctors not using site for keeping painkillers in check

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:51am

Ohio doctors are supposed check patients' prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers, but an audit has found that some 12,000 physicians appear to be violating the policy aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

After fatal train crash, investigators seek answers

Dake Kang and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:41am

Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened before a New Jersey commuter train barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others.

US consumer spending flat in August, weakest in 5 months, with drop in auto purchases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:31am

US consumer spending flat in August, weakest in 5 months, with drop in auto purchases.

The Latest: NTSB recovers recorder from wrecked train

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 6:31am

The Latest on a commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others (all times local):

UK services sector grew more than expected after Brexit vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:51am

Britain's pivotal services sector has defied expectations in the weeks after the vote to leave the European Union.

Anti-wildlife trafficking group lauds Thai ivory crackdown

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:51am

A major conservation group has praised Thailand for a huge drop in sales of ivory items resulting from an official crackdown aimed at shedding the country's image as a center for the illicit trade in wildlife goods.

Slain officer's widow to inspect vest at center of lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:31am

The widow of a slain Georgia police officer hopes to learn more about why his body armor didn't save him.

Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 5:11am

Renault has reached a deal with Iran's government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran's market now that international sanctions have been lifted.

Eurozone inflation doubles as low oil price impact fades

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 4:51am

Inflation in the 19-country eurozone doubled in September to near two-year highs as the impact of lower oil prices began to fade, official figures showed Friday, in a development that's likely to ease pressure on the European Central Bank to provide more stimulus next month.

Deutsche Bank shares tank as concern grows over stability

Frank Jordans and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 4:40am

Worries over the financial stability of Deutsche Bank returned to the fore Friday, sending shares in Germany's biggest bank to a record low and rekindling broader concerns about Europe's financial sector.

Global stocks lower on renewed worries about banking sector

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:20am

Global stock markets were sharply lower Friday as investor sentiment was dented by renewed worries about the financial health of Deutsche Bank following reports that some hedge funds were moving their businesses out of Germany's biggest bank.

Day 2 of sentence hearing for promoter in $200 million fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:40am

It's day two in Miami federal court for the sentencing hearing of a former concert promoter who prosecutors say defrauded thousands of investors out of $200 million.

Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in September

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:52am

Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday.

Sept. 11 families can now sue the Saudis but will it matter?

Larry Neumeister and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:10am

Just because Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks doesn't mean such a case will ever go before a jury.

City skyline blinks in nightly ritual to cheer up sick kids

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:31am

For one sparkling minute each night, skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, a yacht club and police cruisers send a blinking goodnight message to sick kids inside a children's hospital.

New Jersey train station crash kills 1 dead; over 100 hurt

David Porter and Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:38pm

A rush hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that renewed questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy.

Asian stocks lower on renewed worries about banking sector

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:14pm

Asian stock markets were lower on Friday as investor sentiment was dented by overnight losses on Wall Street and renewed worries about the health of Deutsche Bank.

Mother killed in train crash had recently moved from Brazil

Dake Kang and Megan Trimble, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:02pm

Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was in a rush to catch the train.

Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:52pm

The Education Department is pursuing debt collection — rather than debt relief — for nearly 80,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, despite federal and state findings that the now-defunct for-profit chain defrauded students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a blistering critique of the administration's actions.