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Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions

Matthew Pennington and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:31pm

The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:30pm

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

Sales of new homes tumbled 7.6 percent in August

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:20pm

Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.

Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up business

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:12pm

Drug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy and future.

Saudi king slashes salaries of ministers, employee bonuses

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:10pm

Saudi Arabia's King Salman is reducing the salaries and benefits of senior officials and the Cabinet cut bonuses for public employees on Monday, as lower oil prices continue to pinch the kingdom's economy.

Shareholders approve sale of Westar Energy to Great Plains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:10pm

Stockholders have approved the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based electric company Westar Energy to Missouri-based Great Plains Energy.

How to stream the high-stakes presidential debates

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:51pm

Television viewership for Monday's presidential debate is expected to be high, but you don't need a television to watch.

'Pokemon Go' fervor has cooled, but the game isn't dead yet

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:41pm

Does "Pokemon Go" have a second act?

Youth has final word as Milan Fashion Week wraps up

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:41pm

Milan Fashion Week made way for young talent on the last day of preview shows for next spring and summer Monday.

Russia revises ban on imports of Egyptian plant products

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:31pm

Russia's food safety watchdog has revised its ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Egypt after the lifting of Egyptian wheat import restrictions that have hurt Russia.

Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT bill

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:31pm

About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

China investigating North Korean bank, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:17pm

Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government's imports of goods that might be used by the North's nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

Plastics plant sued over chemical in NY drinking water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:00pm

Residents have filed a lawsuit against a plastics manufacturer in a New York village, claiming it knowingly polluted well water with a toxic chemical used in Teflon coatings.

Ex-Verizon worker accused of selling customer phone records

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:40am

A former Verizon Wireless technician is accused of using the company's computers to obtain customers' private call records — plus data showing where customers' phones were — and then selling them to an unnamed private investigator, federal prosecutors said.

WHY IT MATTERS: Jobs

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:32am

THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.

Californians who see animals in hot cars can break a window

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:11am

Californians who see an animal trapped in a hot car can now break a window to set them free without fear of prosecution under a bill signed over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Greece's unions rail against powerful new privatization fund

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:01am

Greek labor unions are organizing strikes and protests against a plan to place major state assets under the control of a new privatization fund that will be headed by bailout creditors.

2 buses headed for NYC crash in Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 44

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:01am

A bus driver has been ticketed for an unsafe lane change after two New Jersey Transit buses headed to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal collided in the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 44 people.

Egypt's president defends military's economic role

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:01am

Egypt's president on Monday rejected criticism that the military's growing economic involvement was distracting it from its core duties, an issue that recently moved center stage when the armed forces said it would intervene to end shortages of baby formula.

Research finds talc doesn't cause cancer; juries disagree

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 10:40am

Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. So who's right? And is baby powder safe?