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Finance officials to clamp down on multinational tax evasion

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:14am

Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies have committed to toughening laws and boosting cross-border cooperation to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as $250 billion a year in taxes.

US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:31am

Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.

Fed official still favors 2015 hike but notes dimmer outlook

Martin Crutsinger and Matthew Craft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:21am

A voting member of the Federal Reserve's policy committee said Friday that he still thinks an interest-rate increase will be appropriate by year's end. But he acknowledged that the outlook for the economy appears cloudier than it did a few weeks ago.

Air France appeals to passengers after labor violence

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

Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday to its passengers worldwide, insisting that the violent, clothes-ripping protests against executives earlier should not scar the airline's reputation.

Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:31am

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end.

US wholesale stockpiles rise in August, but sales fall

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:13am

Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.

US stocks open higher, on track for best week this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:40am

U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher, keeping the market on track for its best week this year.

US maritime schools feel connection to sunken cargo ship

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:30am

The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline come into view as the ship sails into New York Harbor on calm waters. A moment later, the sky darkens, lightning flashes and the ship is rocked by roiling waves. Alarm bells warn of shallow waters or an impending collision with a massive tanker carting liquefied natural gas.

Glencore shares storm ahead on zinc cutback news

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:21am

Shares in commodities group Glencore rose strongly Friday after the company said it is slashing its zinc production by a third and cutting jobs in response to sharp fall in the price of the metal.

UW regents approve 10-year Under Armour contract

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:21am

Under Armor will replace Adidas as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's exclusive athletic uniform and equipment supplier for the next decade under a multi-million contract that the UW System's Board of Regents approved Friday.

Appeals court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:01am

A federal appeals court has blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

Wal-Mart names executive with international wing as next CFO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:01am

Wal-Mart named Brett Biggs, an executive in its international division, as its next chief financial officer Friday.

Lawsuit: Jail censors inmate mail, forces postcard use

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:41am

A nonprofit that advocates for prisoners' rights says a Tennessee county is illegally censoring mail the group sends to inmates and forcing the use of postcards instead of letters.

Central bank says Malaysian fund broke forex rules, must pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:21am

Malaysia's central bank said Friday a debt-laden state investment fund violated foreign exchange rules and must repatriate $1.83 billion it used abroad.

Judge to rule on Branstad's closure of mental hospitals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:51am

A judge says he'll decide within 30 days whether Gov. Terry Branstad violated the law by using a line-item veto to close two state mental health hospitals.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:51am

Grain futures were mostly lower in early trading Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:20am

One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected.

US wholesale stockpiles increase 0.1 percent in August; sales drop 1 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:01am

US wholesale stockpiles increase 0.1 percent in August; sales drop 1 percent.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:31am

A Las Vegas woman is due in court today on felony drunken driving charges after she was accused of driving a car that killed one pedestrian and critically injured another on a sidewalk near two elementary schools. Police say Nicole Johnson failed field sobriety tests after her car veered off a road and hit the man and woman in their 70s. The man died and the woman is critically hurt.

US bankruptcy judge plans approval of Patriot Coal assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:30am

A federal bankruptcy judge plans to approve the sale of West Virginia-based Patriot Coal's assets.