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OPEC nears preliminary accord on oil production

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:41pm

OPEC countries neared agreement on a preliminary accord Wednesday to limit oil production, sending oil prices upward, despite lingering differences between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.

EPA plans $97M cleanup of Houston-area Superfund site

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:41pm

About $97 million will be spent to remove material in waste pits along the San Jacinto River east of Houston that is contaminated with toxic chemicals from a former paper mill, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:41pm

Illinois regulators have suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gives patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka.

California suspends some Wells Fargo business amid scandal

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:32pm

California Treasurer John Chiang says he's suspending some of the state's business with Wells Fargo amid a scandal over millions of accounts allegedly opened without customers' permission.

Union launches boycott of Trump companies amid Vegas dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:31pm

Union members are calling the public to boycott Donald Trump's businesses nationwide because he isn't negotiating a contract with Las Vegas hotel workers.

Idaho lawmakers consider options on health care coverage

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:31pm

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.

Cuomo to 'set aside' cash from developers facing charges

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:21pm

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign will "set aside" $350,000 it received from developers facing federal corruption charges — while two other elected officials plan to either give contributions back or donate them to charity.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end higher, led by energy sector

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:21pm

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

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:21pm

Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.

The Latest: Early voting shows signs of surging nationally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:21pm

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

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:52pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Germany's Air Berlin to shed 75 aircraft, 1,200 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:51pm

Struggling German airline Air Berlin says it plans to cut its fleet nearly in half and eliminate some 1,200 jobs as part of a restructuring to develop a leaner structure and focus on its most profitable routes.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:43pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Gold, silver slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:41pm

The September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,319.40 an ounce -- down $6.50.

VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:31pm

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

US stocks climb as report of OPEC deal lift oil prices

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:24pm

U.S. stock indexes are higher Wednesday afternoon as energy companies climb following reports that OPEC nations agreed to a deal that would limit oil production in an effort to bolster prices. Phone and health care companies are taking losses. Stocks have switched between gains and losses throughout the day.

APNewsBreak: Freezer where woman found dead had faulty exit

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:23pm

An exit button inside 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.

Ethics panel rebukes W.Va. Rep. McKinley over business name

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:21pm

The House Ethics Committee scolded West Virginia Rep. David McKinley on Wednesday for disregarding House rules by failing to change the name of his self-titled engineering firm after joining Congress.