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Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:31am

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips.

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

Maria Ines Zamudio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:01am

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.

WHY IT MATTERS: Beneath the fury, issues that matter

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 1:50am

This is a presidential campaign about trust, temperament, honesty, judgment, character, personality and, some are convinced, a personality disorder or two.

As Medicaid loses stigma, its fate rides on stormy election

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 1:41am

Medicaid, long the stepchild of government health care programs, is finally coming into its own.

Casper College plans new art building, waits for funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 1:20am

Casper College officials have revealed design plans for a new $19 million art building, but state funding for the project is expected to be delayed.

Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than forecast

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:40am

Asian markets mostly rose Monday after the release of improved Japanese manufacturing and trade data that suggest activity is picking up in the world's third biggest economy. Looking ahead, attention is likely to focus this week on Friday's report of U.S. growth data.

Struggling Gaza factory turns to recycling to survive

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:40am

In the struggling Gaza Strip, Omar Ramlawi's plastic factory is one of the few businesses that has managed to stay afloat, overcoming dire shortages of raw materials by resorting to an unusual source: recycling.

527 South Koreans to sue Samsung on Galaxy Note 7 recall

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:00am

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note 7 smartphone owners filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics on Monday over its handling of the fire-prone device.

Japan posts trade surplus in Sept; exports down 7 percent

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:30pm

Japan's trade balance swung to a surplus in September, as exports fell less than expected.

REI to close again for Black Friday

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:13pm

Sporting goods retailer REI will keep its stores closed on the day after Thanksgiving for the second straight year, even though it's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It will also pay employees for the day off in a campaign that encourages people to spend time outdoors.

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 10:12pm

Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.

Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than forecast

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 9:20pm

Asian markets mostly rose Monday as Japan reported its trade balance swung to a surplus in September and strong Japanese manufacturing data from a purchasing manager's survey also suggested signs of improved activity in the world's third biggest economy. Attention is likely to focus this week on U.S. growth data.

Average gasoline price down 4 cents to $2.25 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:48pm

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 for regular grade.

West Virginia candidate for governor owes millions in taxes

Dylan Lovan and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 8:00pm

Jim Justice, a coal billionaire running for West Virginia governor, owes millions in back taxes to some of Appalachia's most impoverished counties, including one in Kentucky that is struggling to pay the debt on a new rec center and has turned the lights off in its parks and reduced hot meals for senior citizens, according to tax records and government officials.

Officials shoot at drone during weekend of pipeline protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:50pm

Law enforcement officials fired at an unmanned aircraft and a group of Dakota Access pipeline opponents twice blocked a North Dakota state highway Sunday, capping a weekend of protests.

The Latest: Authorities: 2 roadblocks near pipeline protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 6:50pm

The Latest on the protests in North Dakota over the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (all times local):

A merged AT&T-Time Warner may not do consumers much good

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:01pm

AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced.

Russia oil minister signals cooperation with Saudis on price

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:51pm

Russia's oil minister signaled possible cooperation with Saudi Arabia at a meeting with his Gulf Arab counterparts in Riyadh on Sunday, as the kingdom seeks to convince major oil producing countries to cut production in order to increase prices.

Police believe body found in river is likely missing teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:12pm

Police have pulled the body of a young man from a Massachusetts river and say it's likely that of a teen who apparently fell down a storm drain in New Hampshire.

How one drug cartel banked its cash in New York City

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:41pm

In the photos, Alejandra Salgado and her little brother Francisco look like ordinary tourists strolling the streets of midtown Manhattan. He carries a shopping bag. She wears a white dress, a necklace and a leather tote slung over one shoulder.