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US stocks open higher, on track for best week this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:40am

U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher, keeping the market on track for its best week this year.

Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:32am

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec.

US maritime schools feel connection to sunken cargo ship

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:30am

The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline come into view as the ship sails into New York Harbor on calm waters. A moment later, the sky darkens, lightning flashes and the ship is rocked by roiling waves. Alarm bells warn of shallow waters or an impending collision with a massive tanker carting liquefied natural gas.

French labor tensions ease as garbage collector strike ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:42am

Air France is resuming negotiations with pilots' unions over hotly contested job cuts, and Paris garbage collectors have ended a smelly strike, in promising developments after a week of high labor tensions.

SABMiller meets with investors amid takeover bid

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:40am

SABMiller met with investors Friday to underscore its strength as an independent company, as the world's second-biggest brewer seeks to head off a takeover by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Johnson & Johnson starts Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 5:01am

Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.

Wal-Mart names Brett Biggs as next chief financial officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:00am

Wal-Mart Stores named Brett Biggs as the retailer's next chief financial officer. He will replace Charles Holley who is retiring at the end of the year.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:31am

A Las Vegas woman is due in court today on felony drunken driving charges after she was accused of driving a car that killed one pedestrian and critically injured another on a sidewalk near two elementary schools. Police say Nicole Johnson failed field sobriety tests after her car veered off a road and hit the man and woman in their 70s. The man died and the woman is critically hurt.

US bankruptcy judge plans approval of Patriot Coal assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:30am

A federal bankruptcy judge plans to approve the sale of West Virginia-based Patriot Coal's assets.

ISU president calls for end to budget turmoil in Springfield

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:11am

Illinois State University is feeling the effects of the lack of a state budget but the school remains "strong and stable," president Larry Dietz said during his annual State of the University address.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:01am

Caldwell police have arrested a man accused of breaking into the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl who pulled out a knife on the intruder, and he fled out the window. Police arrested Ricky Herrera of Burley after a foot chase near the home early yesterday.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:50am

Issues of race and diversity in Mormonism bubbled up again after the church selected three white men from Utah last weekend to fill vacancies on a high-level governing body. That disappointed many Mormons who hoped for an infusion of diversity. Today a series of panels at the University of Utah will discuss the status of blacks in a religion that didn't allow men of African descent in the lay priesthood until 1978.

Central bank says Malaysian fund broke forex rules, must pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:41am

Malaysia's central bank said Friday a debt-laden state investment fund violated foreign exchange rules and must repatriate $1.83 billion it used abroad.

Officials to reveal cause of West Virginia train derailment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:40am

The Federal Railroad Administration is set to announce what caused a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia.

Airlines begin applying tax hike on flights departing Egypt

Nour Youssef, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:30am

Egypt's aviation minister says airlines have begun applying a tax increase on all flights out of the country.

Caesars unit seeks more time for bankruptcy plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 4:20am

The debt-heavy subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. is again asking a federal court to give it more time to file its bankruptcy plan to get out from under $10 billion of its $18.4 billion in debt.

Glencore cutting back zinc metal production

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 3:41am

Shares in commodities group Glencore rose strongly Friday after the company said it is slashing its zinc production by a third and cutting jobs in response to sharp fall in the price of the metal.

Baker culinary student wins top state award

Bob Gross(port Huron), Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 3:40am

Calie Nelson likes food.

Spain: VW investments guaranteed despite emission debacle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 3:30am

Spain's industry minister says Volkswagen has guaranteed it will follow through with 4.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in investments for two auto plants despite the diesel emissions scandal that is expected to significantly hurt the carmaker's finances.