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21 oil pipeline protesters arrested at construction sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:40pm

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

After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:31pm

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.

Cautious approval, skepticism for Penn Station overhaul plan

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:13pm

Plans that would widen concourses at New York City's Penn Station, raise ceiling heights and create a light-filled waiting area across the street have been greeted by commuters with cautious approval.

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.

Major national seafood company sued for racial harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:02pm

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.

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.

UN criticized for failure to stop hospital attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:50pm

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

Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:41pm

Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day's end.

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.

Energy stocks surge on oil deal hopes, sending market higher

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:04pm

Energy companies powered to big gains Wednesday, leading the broader stock market higher, on reports that OPEC nations were moving closer to an agreement to cut oil 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.

Connecticut lawmakers approve deal to keep Sikorsky Aircraft

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:02pm

A $220 million agreement that would keep Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Connecticut for at least the next 16 years to produce a new line of heavy cargo helicopters for the U.S. military easily cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday, with some lawmakers hailing the deal as a positive sign for manufacturing in the state.

Yellen says economy likely ready for rate hike later in 2016

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:51pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year.

The Latest: Trump counts Christian conservatives in IA crowd

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:43pm

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

No charges against deputy who shot inmate in airport scuffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:41pm

A Dallas County grand jury has opted not to indict a former sheriff's deputy from Oklahoma who shot an inmate during a 2015 escape attempt at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.