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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.

Gasholder, piece of industrial past, faces uncertain future

Rik Stevens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 10:50pm

A round, red-brick relic of this country's industrial transformation sits shakily at the southern entrance to New Hampshire's capital city, the cupola atop its conical, tree-damaged roof slumping northward.

Asian shares mostly higher, Japan muted on BOJ decision

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 9:29pm

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast, while Japan traded cautiously as its central bank left monetary policy unchanged.

Saudi billionaire prince doubles ownership of Twitter stock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 3:20am

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.

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.

AB InBev ups its offer for SABMiller to create beer giant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 2:01am

Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev has made a third offer for the shares of SABMiller plc in its quest to create a global beer behemoth.

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.

NY attorney general opens probe into fantasy sports websites

Tom McElroy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 9:56pm

The state's attorney general on Tuesday sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they "may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football."

California governor to sign aggressive climate change bill

Michael R. Blood and Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 9:12pm

California is doubling down in its fight against global warming.

US, Japan museums united on Missouri, Yamato battleships

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 8:41pm

U.S. and Japanese museums are forming a partnership to preserve and promote the history of the battleship USS Missouri and the Japanese battleship Yamato.

Bombardier held talks with Airbus over CSeries plane

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 8:31pm

Bombardier is confirming it had talks with Airbus to sell a majority stake in its CSeries jet but says those discussions are no longer being pursued.

Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 6th - 8:31pm

State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.