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The Latest: Congressman harmed by VW cheat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:31am

The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:03am

The risk of fire is prompting federal officials to back a proposed ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines.

US stocks move between slight gains and losses at midday

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:41am

U.S. stocks are wavering between small gains and losses in midday trading Thursday as investors wait for the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting. The market is coming off a weeklong advance.

The Latest: Governor urges evacuations along the coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:21am

The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

VW executive: Any fix for car owners could take year or more

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:21am

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust.

Rubio's presidential bid boosted by secret-money commercials

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:12am

Voters are beginning to learn about Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:11am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

Chicago cab driver group calls for 24-hour strike over Uber

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:41am

One of Chicago's taxi associations has called for a 24-hour strike Thursday to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget proposal.

Deutsche Bank shares slip on dividend warning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:24am

Shares in Deutsche Bank dropped Thursday after the company said it would post a multibillion-euro loss in the third quarter and may scrap this year's dividend payment.

Ex-railroad town, Sparks braces for Tesla, Switch boom

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:21am

The promise of thousands of good-paying jobs at the battery factory Tesla Motors is building in northern Nevada is sparking excitement unseen since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into the sleepy town of Sparks more than a century ago.

Airlines post better on-time rate but get more complaints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 11:11am

More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have risen sharply.

License suspended for nurse accused of reusing syringes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:43am

A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company voluntarily surrendered her license, New Jersey officials said Thursday.

'Like' this? Facebook testing out new emotion buttons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 10:11am

Sometimes "liking" something just isn't enough.

Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:51am

An environmental group is suing the federal government, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing plans for dealing with oil spills into inland waterways.

Ex-banker pleads guilty in $1.2B Rothstein Ponzi scheme

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:23am

A former executive at TD Bank pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge for providing false assurances to investors who put their money in ex-lawyer Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Lafayette board considers building projects, new tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:21am

The Lafayette Parish School Board has accepted a committee recommendation that it move forward with a tax proposal for facility improvements.

Appeals court rules for heirs of Santa Claus song composer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:21am

"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is comin' back into the hands of the heirs of a songwriter who composed it.

Highchairs recalled on reports kids fell off, chipped teeth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:11am

About 35,000 Safety 1st highchairs are being recalled following reports that children were able to remove the tray and fall off causing chipped teeth, cuts and bruises.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 8:51am

Grain futures were mostly lower in early trading Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.