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New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:31am

California now requires police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state.

NY Fed chief: Rate hike likely this year but hinges on data

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:22am

The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that a Fed rate hike remains likely this year but that a final decision will depend on how the economy performs.

Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:03am

Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago's violence, Operation CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire on the city's streets.

Finance officials to clamp down on multinational tax evasion

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:14am

Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies have committed to toughening laws and boosting cross-border cooperation to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as $250 billion a year in taxes.

US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:31am

Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.

Fed official still favors 2015 hike but notes dimmer outlook

Martin Crutsinger and Matthew Craft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:21am

A voting member of the Federal Reserve's policy committee said Friday that he still thinks an interest-rate increase will be appropriate by year's end. But he acknowledged that the outlook for the economy appears cloudier than it did a few weeks ago.

Air France appeals to passengers after labor violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:20am

Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday to its passengers worldwide, insisting that the violent, clothes-ripping protests against executives earlier should not scar the airline's reputation.

Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:31am

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end.

Glencore shares storm ahead on zinc cutback news

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:41am

Shares in commodities group Glencore rose strongly Friday after the company said it is slashing its zinc production by a third and cutting jobs in response to a sharp fall in the price of the metal.

House votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports despite White House opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:31am

House votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports despite White House opposition.

House OKs lifting 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:31am

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports.

Utah Highway Patrol: 1 in 5 drivers violate HOV laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:21am

The Utah Highway Patrol is cracking down on HOV violators on Interstate 15 after the Utah Department of Transportation found that 20 percent of drivers in the express lane of the freeway are there illegally.

Appeals court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:21am

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

UW regents approve 10-year Under Armour contract

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:21am

Under Armor will replace Adidas as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's exclusive athletic uniform and equipment supplier for the next decade under a multi-million contract that the UW System's Board of Regents approved Friday.

Wal-Mart names executive with international wing as next CFO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:01am

Wal-Mart named Brett Biggs, an executive in its international division, as its next chief financial officer Friday.

Lawsuit: Jail censors inmate mail, forces postcard use

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:41am

A nonprofit that advocates for prisoners' rights says a Tennessee county is illegally censoring mail the group sends to inmates and forcing the use of postcards instead of letters.

Central bank says Malaysian fund broke forex rules, must pay

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

Malaysia's central bank said Friday a debt-laden state investment fund violated foreign exchange rules and must repatriate $1.83 billion it used abroad.

Judge to rule on Branstad's closure of mental hospitals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:51am

A judge says he'll decide within 30 days whether Gov. Terry Branstad violated the law by using a line-item veto to close two state mental health hospitals.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:51am

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