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Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:31pm

More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

Grain higher, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:31pm

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

Grain higher, livestock mostly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:31pm

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

Union asks court to reverse Wal-Mart trespassing order

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:22pm

A labor union that has demonstrated against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a judge's decision barring it from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

Not boring enough: Investors leave "low-volatility" funds

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:13pm

Whoa, give us back our money. We wanted something boring.

Louisiana attorney general challenges LGBT-rights order

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:11pm

Louisiana's Republican attorney general asked a judge Thursday to block the Democratic governor's order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people, in an escalating dispute over the protection language.

Donors pour record $450 million into California initiatives

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:52pm

Political donors have spent a record $450 million to support and oppose 17 November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for the most spent on propositions in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show.

Obama: Health care law 'worked,' says improvements needed

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:51pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers demand answers on leukemia drug price hikes

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:41pm

Two top lawmakers on Thursday demanded information from a drug company that has raised prices on a leukemia drug, calling increases of tens of thousands of dollars a sign the company puts profits before patients.

Conviction of bin Laden assistant is upheld on appeal

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:41pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the conviction of Osama bin Laden's former personal assistant, but the ruling did little to settle a simmering dispute over the limits of prosecuting terror suspects before military tribunals.

Pakistan imposed blanket ban on Indian content over Kashmir

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:41pm

Pakistan's media regulation authority said Thursday it was imposing a blanket ban on Bollywood films and other Indian content on its television networks and radio stations amid increasing tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals on the issue of the disputed region of Kashmir.

Union Pacific 3Q profit falls 13 percent as shipments slow

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:31pm

Union Pacific's profit fell 13 percent in the third quarter because the railroad's efforts to cut costs and improve productivity couldn't offset a 6 percent decline in total freight.

The Latest: Suburban NY officials charged in corruption case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:24pm

The Latest on a federal indictment naming the highest elected official in a large suburban county outside New York City (all times local):

Cuba freezes new licenses for private restaurants in Havana

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:21pm

Cuba is freezing new licenses for private restaurants in Havana as it struggles with the runaway success of one of the most important openings in the state-run economy.

Chinese manufacturer to open $20 million factory in Arkansas

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:54am

A Chinese manufacturer that makes apparel under the Adidas, Reebok and Armani brands will open a factory in Arkansas, creating 400 jobs, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday.

Wal-Mart, offer more choices for Singles Day

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:43am

Wal-Mart and are offering more choices for Chinese shoppers ahead of Singles Day, one of the world's biggest online shopping days of the year.

Russia names alleged hacker arrested in Czech Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:41am

Russia's Foreign Ministry has identified the Russian arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of cyberattacks in the United States.

'Manchester by the Sea' leads Gotham Awards nominations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:31am

Kenneth Lonergan's family drama "Manchester by the Sea" has picked up a leading four Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations, including best feature and best actor for star Casey Affleck.

Apple: Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are fake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 11:14am

Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit.