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Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:11pm

President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his signature health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double digits and many consumers scrambling to replace coverage because their insurer bailed out, the 2017 sign-up season that starts Nov. 1 looks challenging.

The Latest: Company tied to workplace shooting cutting staff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:11pm

The Latest on the fatal workplace shooting inside a rail car manufacturing company in Virginia (all times local):

Decision in McDonald's payroll card suit is upheld on appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:11pm

An appeals court has upheld a judge's decision that the owners of 16 McDonald's restaurants in Pennsylvania violated state law by paying hourly employees strictly with fee-laden debit cards.

US official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:10pm

National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

Procter & Gamble's 1Q performance tops Street's view

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:01pm

Procter & Gamble Co.'s fiscal first-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations as it controlled expenses and saw solid sales growth in its health care segment.

High court steps into fight on Vanderbilts' Breakers mansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:51am

Rhode Island's highest court has heard arguments in a fight that has pitted dozens of members of the Vanderbilt family against a nonprofit that owns several Gilded Age mansions in Newport.

Activists to challenge Utah law banning hidden farm filming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:51am

Animal rights groups are set to challenge Utah's law banning secret filming of slaughterhouses and other agricultural facilities in court Tuesday after a similar measure was struck down in Idaho.

Senate Democrats aim to block LGBT measure from defense bill

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:50am

Senate Democrats are intent on keeping out a provision from the annual defense policy bill that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation.

UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:44am

A U.N. expert says junk food is a human rights concern.

Leader of firm that cheated people out of $1.8B admits guilt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

The president of a Massachusetts-based internet telecom company that prosecutors say was actually a pyramid scheme that cheated about 965,000 people worldwide out of nearly $1.8 billion has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy.

With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber.

Expert calls UN response to cholera in Haiti 'a disgrace'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:41am

A U.N. human rights expert strongly criticized the United Nations on Tuesday for denying legal responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by U.N. peacekeepers, calling it "a disgrace" and urging the world body to issue an apology and accept responsibility.

ECB chief: low interest rates don't make inequality worse

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:22am

The head of the European Central Bank is defending the bank's monetary stimulus programs and record-low interest rates against concerns that they hurt savers and favor the wealthy.

IMF: Sub-Saharan Africa growth to slow to lowest in 20 years

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:22am

The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday that growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region is likely to slow to its lowest point in more than 20 years, with average growth forecast at just 1.5 percent this year due to lower commodity prices and an unfriendly global economic environment.

Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:22am

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California who signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What Volkswagen owners can expect from the diesel settlement

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:21am

A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Volkswagen AG and about 475,000 owners of diesel cars that don't meet U.S. emissions standards.

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:21am

Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products.

Police: 2 dead, including gunman, in workplace shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:13am

A current or former employee shot one person and wounded three others before apparently killing himself at a rail car manufacturing plant in Virginia early Tuesday, authorities said.

Belgium saying Wallonia talks on EU-Canada deal progressing

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:12am

The Belgian government says that talks to convince the region of Wallonia to agree to a trade deal between the European Union and Canada are making progress, two days before the pact is supposed to be signed at a summit.

Washed-out bridge blamed for pipeline rupture, gas spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:10am

A bridge washed out by flooding traveled the length of a football field and ruptured a pipeline last week, spilling about 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a Pennsylvania creek, pipeline officials said Tuesday.