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Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:50am

In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.

Wyoming sees another drop in unemployment rate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:40pm

Wyoming's unemployment rate fell in September for the second consecutive month.

AP News Guide: New phase for Dakota Access pipeline protest

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 11:11pm

Activists who have been protesting the nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline for months ratcheted up the pressure this week by moving onto private land owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:

Asian shares hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:30pm

Shares fell broadly in Asia on Wednesday after a gloomy session on Wall Street, where shares of household names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst declines in years. Weaker oil prices also cast a pall.

Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:02pm

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Tuesday that the dozens of protesters who have camped on company-owned land since the weekend are trespassing and that "lawless behavior will not be tolerated."

Chinese firm says it did all it could ahead of cyberattack

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 9:33pm

A Chinese electronics maker that has recalled products sold in the U.S. said Tuesday it did all it could to prevent a massive cyberattack that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 8:31pm

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: Refugee kills former co-worker, self; injures 3

Alanna Durkin Richer and Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 7:13pm

A refugee from Kenya killed one former co-worker, wounded three others and then killed himself Tuesday in a workplace shooting that authorities are still trying to unravel in Virginia, police said.

Google Fiber halts expansion plans as chief steps down

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:41pm

Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

Official: Tire treads worn on bus in fatal California crash

Amy Taxin and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:31pm

The treads on half the tires of a tour bus that slammed into a tractor-trailer on a desert freeway, killing 13 people, were worn down to an unsafe level, a federal investigator said Tuesday as authorities worked to determine the cause of one of California's deadliest highway crashes.

The Latest: Jesse Jackson to join Dakota Access protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 6:01pm

The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):

Wyoming sends troopers to North Dakota pipeline protest

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:51pm

Wyoming has sent six highway patrol troopers to North Dakota to help authorities deal with Indian protesters demonstrating against the construction of an oil pipeline, prompting objections Tuesday from some Wyoming Indian leaders.

Actor Mark Ruffalo in North Dakota to oppose oil pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:41pm

Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo has traveled to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's opposition to the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Judge weighing Utah law banning on undercover farm filming

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:41pm

A federal judge considered Tuesday whether a Utah ban on hidden cameras at slaughterhouses that was passed amid a wave of similar measures around the country violates the right to freedom of speech.

Ex-Oppenheimer & Co. worker pleads guilty to insider trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:23pm

A former Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. financial adviser has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in New York City.

UN chief says including women in peace negotiations pays off

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:20pm

Making sure women are a key part of negotiations to end conflicts pays off in longer-lasting peace deals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:20pm

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, even as the Pentagon said late Tuesday the number of soldiers affected was smaller than first believed.

The Latest: Judge weighing Utah ban on secret farm filming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:01pm

The Latest on a challenge to a Utah law banning undercover filming at Utah slaughterhouses and other agricultural facilities (all times local):

New Wells Fargo CEO to employees: 'We're sorry'

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:40pm

Newly appointed Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan told employees Tuesday that he is "sorry for the pain" that the bank's employees have suffered as a result of the company's sales practices scandal.

Chipotle sales fall again as it tries to win back customers

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:40pm

Chipotle is still struggling to bring back customers to its restaurants after a food safety scare last year.