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Day 2 of sentence hearing for promoter in $200 million fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 2:40am

It's day two in Miami federal court for the sentencing hearing of a former concert promoter who prosecutors say defrauded thousands of investors out of $200 million.

Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in September

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:52am

Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday.

Young mother killed in crash had 'genuine heart'

Dake Kang and Megan Trimble, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:50am

The world seemed to stop when Fabiola Bittar de Kroon's former co-worker learned she been killed after a New Jersey commuter train crashed through a barrier and into a suburban station, sending debris falling onto her.

Sept. 11 families can now sue the Saudis but will it matter?

Larry Neumeister and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:10am

Just because Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks doesn't mean such a case will ever go before a jury.

City skyline blinks in nightly ritual to cheer up sick kids

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:31am

For one sparkling minute each night, skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, a yacht club and police cruisers send a blinking goodnight message to sick kids inside a children's hospital.

After fatal train crash, investigators seek answers

Dake Kang and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:11pm

Federal investigators are sifting through the wreckage of a train crash in New Jersey to determine what happened before it barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others.

New Jersey train station crash kills 1 dead; over 100 hurt

David Porter and Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:38pm

A rush hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that renewed questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy.

Asian stocks lower on renewed worries about banking sector

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:14pm

Asian stock markets were lower on Friday as investor sentiment was dented by overnight losses on Wall Street and renewed worries about the health of Deutsche Bank.

Mother killed in train crash had recently moved from Brazil

Dake Kang and Megan Trimble, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:02pm

Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was in a rush to catch the train.

Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:52pm

The Education Department is pursuing debt collection — rather than debt relief — for nearly 80,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, despite federal and state findings that the now-defunct for-profit chain defrauded students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a blistering critique of the administration's actions.

Power company offers rare $50K reward for information on vandalism

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:28pm

Garkane Energy is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot one of its substations Sunday, knocking out power to nearly all of Kane and Garfield counties.

Neighbor: Veteran engineer in deadly crash 'loves his work'

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:20pm

The engineer at the controls of a speeding commuter train that crashed into a station on Thursday, killing one person, has been in the railroad business for nearly three decades, and neighbors said he loves the work and they're heartbroken for him and his family.

NJ train crash raises many familiar safety issues

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

The investigation into a New Jersey commuter train that hurtled into a station building Thursday raises many familiar issues from other crashes, including whether the tragedy could have been prevented or mitigated if a key safety technology had been in place.

The Latest: Train engineer identified as 29-year employee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01pm

The Latest on a commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others (all times local):

Bank of Mexico hikes interest rate a half-point to 4.75 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

Mexico's central bank has raised its inter-bank interest rate a half-point to 4.75 percent, seeking to shore up a weak peso and prevent a rise in inflation.

Tesla on Autopilot and bus collide in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

Police in northern Germany say a Tesla being driven with its Autopilot system engaged collided with a bus on a highway.

Federal judge blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood defunding

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily prohibited Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, expanding her order requiring the state to continue paying for services for three patients who had sued over the move.

Governor prepares Puerto Rico for control board's takeover

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:53pm

Puerto Rico's governor turned over the reins of his government's finances to a federal control board and outlined what he considers priorities during a televised address Thursday to prepare the U.S. territory for a historic change.

Yosemite chief, facing staff claims of harassment, to retire

Scott Smith and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:40pm

The head of Yosemite National Park will retire after employees complained that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct — allegations that have been made in other national parks, officials said Thursday.

Signoff creates savings funds for private California workers

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:30pm

Nearly 7 million California workers will be automatically enrolled in a retirement savings account under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday in an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire.