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Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:11pm

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

Wyoming officials consider repairing or replacing prison

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:21pm

Wyoming lawmakers must decide whether to repair the crumbling state prison in Rawlins or spend even more to build a new facility.

US stocks slide as banks tumble on Deutsche Bank worries

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:03pm

U.S. stocks slumped Monday, and banks took the biggest losses. Deutsche Bank plunged as investors worried about the financial health of Germany's largest bank. Pfizer pulled drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:01pm

U.S. stocks slumped Monday, and banks took the biggest losses. Deutsche Bank hit an all-time low as investors worried about the financial health of Germany's largest bank. Pfizer pulled drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

Feds accuse Silicon Valley firm of hiring bias

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:01pm

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a fast-growing Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants.

Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk-Online Reviews story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:41pm

In a story Sept. 23 about online reviews, The Associated Press used incorrect style for the name of Yelp, the company that runs an online review website. There is no exclamation point following "Yelp."

Appeals court rules for American Express in fee dispute

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:41pm

American Express did not violate antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another and steering consumers to another form of payment, a federal appeals court said Monday.

New car mileage estimates drop as EPA changes test formula

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:31pm

Highway gas mileage estimates for about one-third of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will fall by one mile per gallon because the government has changed the way it calculates the numbers on the window sticker.

Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT law

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:11pm

Some 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets joined the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Lawmakers' report finds crowded Airbnb rentals in New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:41pm

A report on New York City Airbnb rentals has found cases of air mattresses in kitchens, bunk beds in dining areas and listings for up to 32 people, showing the need for tighter rules on the popular online home rental service, according to the two state lawmakers who issued the analysis.

Driver ticketed in NY Lincoln Tunnel crash that injured 44

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:31pm

A bus driver has been ticketed for an unsafe lane change after two New Jersey Transit buses headed to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal collided in the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 44 people.

Markets Right Now: Banks lead a slump in US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:21pm

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Shareholders approve sale of Westar Energy to Great Plains

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:21pm

Stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based electric company Westar Energy to Missouri-based Great Plains Energy, the two firms announced Monday.

Philippines' Duterte to forge closer ties with China, Russia

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:02pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he has decided to "cross the Rubicon" in his ties with the United States and will open trade alliances and offer long-term land leases to "the other side of the ideological barrier," China and Russia.

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

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

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

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

Grain lower, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

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

Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions

Matthew Pennington and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:31pm

The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

Sales of new homes tumbled 7.6 percent in August

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:20pm

Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.

Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up business

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:12pm

Drug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy and future.