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Louisiana official defends fish testing after oil spill

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:00am

A former Louisiana Cabinet official is fending off criticism about the way he managed a program to ensure seafood from the Gulf of Mexico was safe to eat after a massive oil spill in 2010.

Lexus, Toyota and Buick top new auto reliability survey

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:53am

Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology.

Authorities lack 'manpower' to remove pipeline protest camp

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:51am

Authorities say they won't immediately remove the Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who set up a camp on private land along the pipeline route in North Dakota.

As Medicaid loses stigma, election may cloud its future

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:40am

Medicaid, often stigmatized among government health care programs, is finally coming into its own.

Burger King owner beats expectations, but sees US 'softness'

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:32am

Restaurant Brands International reported a rise in third-quarter sales Monday at its Burger King and Tim Horton stores, but the growth was much lower than a year ago. The company's shares fell nearly 4 percent.

Genworth shares fall after agreeing to Chinese buyout offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:20am

A Chinese holding company has agreed to buy U.S. insurance company Genworth Financial for about $2.7 billion, sending shares of Genworth down sharply a day after the deal was announced.

Markets Right Now: Stocks move higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:01am

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

One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:22am

Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

Another bid from China for US hotel; $6.5B for Hilton stake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:20am

HNA Group is snapping up a 25 percent ownership stake of the Hilton hotel chain for about $6.5 billion, the latest attempt by a Chinese interest to acquire real estate in the U.S.

Eurozone business activity grows at fastest pace this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:20am

Business activity across the 19 eurozone economies grew in October at its fastest pace so far this year, shrugging off any major concerns about Britain's "Brexit" vote, a survey showed Monday.

Soft energy markets mean more financial trouble for Wyoming

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:41am

Wyoming fiscal analysts are warning that soft energy markets promise financial trouble for the state for years to come.

Shares in Italian bank Monte Paschi rally on new plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:41am

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena have shot up 22 percent ahead of a new plan to be presented by CEO Marco Morelli.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:31am

Grain futures were lowe Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:30am

Grain futures were lowe Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:20am

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.

Germany re-opens review of Chinese takeover of Aixtron

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:10am

Semiconductor equipment company Aixtron says the German government has re-opened its review of a takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip.

In blow to EU, byzantine politics blocks Canadian trade deal

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:10am

In a major embarrassment to the European Union, a small region of Belgium continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for a landmark free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week.

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

Maria Ines Zamudio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:20am

It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.

Indian business giant Tata Sons removes chairman Mistry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:13am

The board of directors of Tata Sons on Monday removed Cyrus P. Mistry as chairman, four years after he took the reins of India's largest conglomerate.