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South Korean farmer injured in Nov. protest dies in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:50am

Dozens of activists are commemorating a farmer who died in a hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government.

Global stocks mostly lower ahead of US presidential debate

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:50am

Global shares were mostly lower Monday as market attention turned from central bank policies to the U.S. presidential race ahead of a highly anticipated debate.

Japan's leader vows to accelerate economic measures, TPP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:31am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan's economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

China investigating North Korean bank, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:20am

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.

WHY IT MATTERS: Jobs

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:50am

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.

In South Korea, the crowd goes wild for competitive gaming

Jungho Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:00am

South Korea started the e-sports industry in the early 2000s, and it continues to be a world leader in competitive gaming. There are not only professional video game players, but also broadcasting channels and professional leagues for different kinds of games. South Koreans can easily watch professional gamers playing on both television and the internet.

Dallas police and fire pension in crisis, retirees concerned

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:40pm

Still recovering from the July sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead, the Dallas Police Department is facing a new crisis as its pension fund approaches insolvency and scores of officers, including Chief David Brown, announce unexpected retirements.

Journalist's exile shows concern over Nepal's press freedom

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:50pm

A prominent local journalist who helped organize a gathering in Nepal of investigative reporters from throughout Asia was notably absent from the event, exiled to avoid possible arrest.

Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico's Gulf coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 8:52pm

A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico's Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country's state oil company said.

Asian stocks mostly lower ahead of US presidential debate

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 8:40pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as market attention turned from action from central banks to the U.S. presidential race, with a closely watched debate upcoming.

Fourstar Crook strikes again in Belmont's Hettinger Stakes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 5:50pm

Fourstar Crook struck again, extending her winning streak to six Sunday in the $125,000 John Hettinger Stakes for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Forest Service wants partnerships to help manage forests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:41pm

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his agency is depending on partnerships with states and private organizations to manage 60 million acres in need of restoration because of staff and budget cuts.

The Latest: Iowa cities donate sandbags to Cedar Rapids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:24pm

The Latest on flooding along rain-swollen rivers in Iowa (all times local):

Author Sam Western urges new take on Wyoming's economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:41pm

Author Sam Western urged a gathering of mostly graduates of local leadership programs to begin a new conversation on Wyoming's economic future.

Q&A: A mortgage exec reflects on housing market's challenges

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:24pm

From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. So are prices. Mortgage rates are near historic lows.

Gas prices up 4 cents to $2.25 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:21pm

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade.

Key developments in the New Jersey bridge lane-closing trial

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:21pm

The first week's testimony in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial has been aimed at putting two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the center of a plot to punish a local mayor who didn't endorse the Republican governor.

Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:41pm

Some leaders in a blue-collar Nebraska suburb that's home to Offutt Air Force Base are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside.

Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:21pm

Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again — this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast.

In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:20pm

Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went.