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Fed official still looking at 2015 rate hike

Martin Crutsinger and Matthew Craft, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:51am

A voting member of the Federal Reserve's policy committee said Friday that he believes the economy is on a satisfactory track and that an increase in interest rates is likely to be appropriate in either October or December.

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.

Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:32am

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.

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.

French labor tensions ease as garbage collector strike ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:42am

Air France is resuming negotiations with pilots' unions over hotly contested job cuts, and Paris garbage collectors have ended a smelly strike, in promising developments after a week of high labor tensions.

SABMiller meets with investors amid takeover bid

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:40am

SABMiller met with investors Friday to underscore its strength as an independent company, as the world's second-biggest brewer seeks to head off a takeover by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Johnson & Johnson starts Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 5:01am

Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.

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 boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:11am

The Obama administration says it's strengthening privacy protections for consumers on the government's health insurance website ahead of a new sign-up season starting Nov. 1.

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.

Wal-Mart names Brett Biggs as next chief financial officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 8:00am

Wal-Mart Stores named Brett Biggs as the retailer's next chief financial officer. He will replace Charles Holley who is retiring at the end of the year.

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.

ISU president calls for end to budget turmoil in Springfield

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:11am

Illinois State University is feeling the effects of the lack of a state budget but the school remains "strong and stable," president Larry Dietz said during his annual State of the University address.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 7:01am

Caldwell police have arrested a man accused of breaking into the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl who pulled out a knife on the intruder, and he fled out the window. Police arrested Ricky Herrera of Burley after a foot chase near the home early yesterday.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:50am

Issues of race and diversity in Mormonism bubbled up again after the church selected three white men from Utah last weekend to fill vacancies on a high-level governing body. That disappointed many Mormons who hoped for an infusion of diversity. Today a series of panels at the University of Utah will discuss the status of blacks in a religion that didn't allow men of African descent in the lay priesthood until 1978.

Central bank says Malaysian fund broke forex rules, must pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:41am

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.

Officials to reveal cause of West Virginia train derailment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:40am

The Federal Railroad Administration is set to announce what caused a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia.

Airlines begin applying tax hike on flights departing Egypt

Nour Youssef, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 6:30am

Egypt's aviation minister says airlines have begun applying a tax increase on all flights out of the country.