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Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:21pm

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:31pm

The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:01pm

Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.

The Latest: Trump says he saved Machado's job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:40pm

The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:33pm

The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday threatened to strike if no agreement is reached on a contract with Chicago Public Schools by Oct. 11.

After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:21pm

The Veterans Affairs Department turned over documents to Congress on Wednesday in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Union launches boycott of Trump companies amid Vegas dispute

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:21pm

Union members are calling on the public to boycott Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's businesses nationwide because he isn't negotiating a contract with the more than 500 eligible workers at his high-rise Las Vegas hotel.

Cautious approval, skepticism for Penn Station overhaul plan

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:12pm

Horrible. Dirty. A dump.

21 oil pipeline protesters arrested at construction sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:11pm

Law enforcement authorities in North Dakota say 21 people protesting at two construction sites of the Dakota Access pipeline have been arrested.

UN criticized for failure to stop hospital attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:01pm

The U.N. Security Council came under sharp criticism Wednesday for its failure to implement a resolution aimed at protecting medical facilities and staff in conflict zones from Syria to Yemen and Afghanistan.

Major national seafood company sued for racial harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:51pm

One of the largest producers of shellfish in the country is being sued over claims it permitted ongoing racial harassment and retaliatory discipline against a black maintenance mechanic.

OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:20pm

OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, in an effort to reduce a global glut of crude that has depressed oil prices for more than two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations.

Scotiabank sues Puerto Rico govt seeking loan repayment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:11pm

Scotiabank filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico's government Wednesday seeking repayment of a multimillion-dollar loan despite a debt moratorium imposed amid an economic crisis.

Idaho lawmakers consider options on health care coverage

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:01pm

Anti-Medicaid expansion advocates are warning Idaho lawmakers that expanding the federal health care program designed to cover the poor will end up costing the state millions and do little to drive down medical fees.

California suspends some Wells Fargo business amid scandal

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:00pm

California's treasurer said Wednesday that he's suspending some of the state's most profitable lines of business with Wells Fargo amid allegations bank employees opened millions of accounts without customers' permission.

Wells Fargo CEO to face lawmakers with better defense

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:00pm

Wells Fargo's CEO, newly stripped of tens of millions in compensation in a scandal over sales practices, will face lawmakers with more defenses than he had in the last round, when some senators called for his resignation.

Report: West Virginia chemical spill could have been avoided

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:00pm

A 2014 chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians could have been avoided if a company inspected its storage tanks and saw two tiny holes forming at the bottom of one, federal investigators said Wednesday.

New nursing home standards preserve patients' right to sue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:21pm

The Obama administration is issuing new nursing home standards that reverse a longstanding industry practice and preserve the rights of patients to sue in cases of abuse or neglect.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:11pm

Energy companies powered to big gains Wednesday, leading the broader stock market higher, as the price of crude oil surged on news of a deal among OPEC nations to cut production.

APNewsBreak: Freezer where woman found dead had faulty exit

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:04pm

An exit button inside a walk-in freezer in a downtown Atlanta hotel where a worker was found dead failed to work during an inspection, trapping two people who had to beat on the door to alert someone to let them out, a medical examiner found.