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Why do extremists drive Toyotas?, US asks

Michelle Chapman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:41am

Toyota has spoken with U.S. officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Customer-friendly upgrades for gov't health insurance site

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:41am

The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.

An early rally in US stocks sputters as oil prices retreat

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:21am

An early rally in stock prices dissipated by midday Wednesday following a retreat in crude oil prices. Yum Brands plunged after cutting its profit forecast for the year, citing weakness in China.

Biden backing Asia trade pact despite union opposition

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:02am

Labor groups have a warning for Vice President Joe Biden as he lobbies for a major trade pact with Asia: We won't forget this if you run for president.

Jury seated, arguments conclude in ex-Massey CEO's trial

Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:41am

Opening arguments have concluded in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship following more than four days of jury selection.

Obama cites labor's role in US economy amid trade rift

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:31am

President Barack Obama says labor laws should be strengthened and it should be easier for workers to join unions.

Endangered Species Act list won't add American eels

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:22am

American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen of the increasingly valuable species.

Fiat Chrysler, UAW bargaining as strike threat looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:12am

The threat of a strike is looming as Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers continue negotiating a new contract.

Government tests technology to find illegal drone operators

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:01am

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft.

For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can carry credit

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:36am

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.

100,000 protest in Belgium against free-market measures

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:32am

Belgian trade unions on Wednesday mobilized about 100,000 workers for the second time in a year to protest the free-market regulations and austerity measures that the center-right government has been pushing through during its first year in office.

IMF: Up to $3 trillion in over-borrowing in emerging markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:21am

The International Monetary Fund says the biggest risks to the global economy are now in emerging markets, where private companies have racked up considerable debt amid a fifth straight year of slowing growth.

Google is latest tech giant to claim space in mobile news

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:12am

Technology giants — Apple, Facebook, Snapchat and now Google — want to take charge of how we get and see news on our phones.

VW CEO: Emissions fixes could take until end of next year

David McHugh and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:12am

Volkswagen said a recall of cars with software that can be used to evade emissions tests could start in Germany in January and last until the end of next year.

Ohio jury to decide suit over chemical DuPont put in water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:05am

Jury deliberations were underway Wednesday in a civil trial over an Ohio woman's claims that she got kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical from a DuPont plant.

Freeport-McMoRan adds 2 board members from Carl Icahn's firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:02am

Shares of Freeport-McMoRan rose sharply Wednesday after the copper miner added two board members chosen by Carl Icahn.

Urban Outfitters to end on-call scheduling in New York

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:02am

Urban Outfitters will end on-call scheduling at stores in New York state, becoming the latest retailer to respond to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's inquiry into the practice of requiring workers to report for shifts on short notice.

Drury to cut 12 jobs because of lower enrollment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 10:02am

Drury University has announced plans to cut a dozen jobs amid lower student enrollments.

Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 9:51am

Streaming music company Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450 million in a move that takes the company into ticket sales and event marketing.