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The Latest: 7 victims of train crash at New Jersey hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:33pm

The Latest on the commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey (all times local):

Yellen pledges to improve Fed's workplace diversity

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday she is committed to increasing diversity throughout the Federal Reserve system, including the ranks of senior leadership.

Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

The Education Department is pursuing debt collection — rather than debt relief — for nearly 80,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, despite federal and state findings that the now-defunct for-profit chain defrauded students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a blistering critique of the administration's actions.

A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

Teachers in the country's third-largest city have cranked up the heat in contract talks, threatening to go on strike in less than two weeks.

Denmark's crown prince couple kick off 2-day Boston trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are kicking off a two-day trade mission to Boston.

October oil spill milestone: $520 million in seafood claims

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:31pm

The administrator of economic loss claims resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill said Thursday that he expects about $520 million in seafood industry claims to be paid in the Gulf of Mexico states as early as next month.

Mylan and NextEra slump; ConAgra, Helmerich & Payne rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:21pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:

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1 dead, over 100 hurt in train crash at New Jersey station

David Porter and Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:21pm

A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that renewed questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy.

Kobach strikes Kansas voter deal, contempt hearing canceled

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:12pm

Thousands of prospective voters who did not provide citizenship documents will be able to cast traditional ballots in the November election in Kansas, rather than being forced to use provisional ones, under a deal brokered Thursday that halted contempt proceedings against the state's top election official.

Federal judge blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood defunding

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:11pm

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Arkansas from prohibiting Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood patients, expanding her order that forced the state to continue paying for three patients.

Ex-Delta executive to pay more than $5 million over trades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:03pm

A former Delta Air Lines Inc. executive will pay more than $5 million to settle charges that he profited improperly by manipulating trades in energy futures.

The Latest: Embattled Yosemite chief says he chose to retire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:01pm

The Latest on the superintendent of Yosemite National Park retiring (all times local):

Prosecutors: Give concert promoter 17-plus years for fraud

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:01pm

Federal prosecutors say a former South Florida concert promoter who staged tours for major acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith deserves more than 17 years in prison for running a $200 million fraud scheme.

NJ train crash raises many familiar safety issues

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:52pm

The investigation into a New Jersey commuter train that hurtled into a station building Thursday raises many familiar issues from other crashes, including whether the tragedy could have been prevented or mitigated if a key safety technology had been in place.

Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:43pm

A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.

Stocks skid as drugmakers fall, then bank woes deepen losses

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:41pm

U.S. stocks skidded Thursday as drug companies and banks absorbed large losses. Drugmakers faced scrutiny over price increases, while banks fell as investors worried about the stability of Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions.

Yosemite chief retiring amid complaints of hostile workplace

Scott Smith and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

The head of Yosemite National Park is retiring after employees complained that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct, allegations also raised in other popular national parks, officials said Thursday.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:11pm

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Medicare sets new patient safety goals for hospitals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:51pm

Medicare is setting new goals for keeping hospitalized patients safe and reducing readmissions after patients are discharged.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:43pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.