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Abe reshuffles Cabinet, adding minister to focus on economy

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 6:31am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday to focus on reviving the world's No. 3 economy.

Federal investigators hope to find cargo ship's recorder

Curt Anderson and Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 6:31am

Federal investigators looking into the ill-fated voyage of a 790-foot freighter believed to have sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin say they still hope to recover a data recorder from the ship as search crews continue looking for any survivors.

APNewsBreak: Gov't health insurance website getting upgrades

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 3:02am

Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier this year to get basic questions answered about their doctors, medications and costs, according to an internal government document.

VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

Ronnie Greene and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 3:01am

For the first time, Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn will appear before a congressional investigative committee this week. He, and the company, will bring little Washington political clout to the table.

US experts warn plutonium stocks could soar in East Asia

Matthew Pennington and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 2:50am

Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium — and U.S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse.

Biden backing Asia trade pact despite union opposition

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 2:46am

Labor groups have a warning for Vice President Joe Biden as he lobbies for a major trade pact with Asia: We won't forget this if you run for president.

As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise

Lisa Lerer and Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 2:23am

President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked." Clinton described the president's immigration strategy as "harsh and aggressive." And as Obama tries to rally Democrats around the chief economic proposal of his second term, the party's presidential front-runner stayed conspicuously silent.

Saudi billionaire prince doubles ownership of Twitter stock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 6:01am

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment company have doubled their ownership of Twitter's publicly traded shares in the past six weeks.

Portugal waits as politicians try to build a government

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 6:01am

Days of hard political bargaining are expected in Portugal as party leaders negotiate compromises to find a stable government following a general election that produced no clear winner.

Moldova signs 150 million-euro loan accord with Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 5:51am

Moldova signed a 150 million-euro ($168 million) loan agreement with neighbor Romania Wednesday which it hopes will bolster its currency and promote investment.

Belgian government faces big protests over austerity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 4:40am

Tens of thousands of workers are demonstrating through Brussels to protest the free-market regulations and austerity measures that the center-right government has been pushing through during its first year in office.

Nightlife mogul Sam Nazarian sells SLS Las Vegas stake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 4:20am

Los Angeles nightlife mogul Sam Nazarian who turned the Sahara hotel and casino into the SLS Las Vegas is selling his 10 percent stake in the struggling property to his business partner on the project.

AB InBev ups its offer for SABMiller to create beer giant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 4:11am

Anheuser-Busch InBev sweetened its offer for SABMiller to more than 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) on Wednesday as the Belgium-based brewer seeks to create a global beer behemoth.

Central Michigan students launch farmers market on campus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 3:50am

There's a new place to get fruit, vegetables and other fresh food at Central Michigan University.

VW CEO: recall of cars hit by scandal to begin in January

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 3:01am

Volkswagen plans to launch in January a recall of vehicles with software at the center of the emissions-rigging scandal and aims to fix them all by the end of next year, the company's new chief executive says.

With 500 French in Syria, new anti-jihadi ad campaign starts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 2:31am

France's government is hoping an ad campaign featuring mourning families will make young people think twice about leaving to join extremists in Syria.

Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 1:51am

Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.

German industrial production falls in August

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 1:41am

Official data show that German industrial production fell in August following an increase the previous month, a report that comes on top of disappointing figures for factory orders.

Illinois reducing fees on college savings plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 1:41am

The state of Illinois is reducing fees on its Bright Directions 529 college savings plan to help families put more of their investment toward rising tuition costs.