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REI to close again for Black Friday

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:12am

Specialty outdoor 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 again pay employees for the day off in a campaign that encourages people to spend time outdoors.

Ohio museum's sale of antiquities from Egypt draws criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:10am

Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art is selling 68 antiquities from its collection, a move drawing criticism from a nationally known archaeologist and Egyptian officials.

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:50am

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would tie up two major players in the day trading industry during an era when an increasingly large number of investors are choosing index funds over stock picking.

Hollywood stars makes unscheduled stop in Little Rock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:50am

An American Airlines flight from Nashville to Los Angeles with two Hollywood stars on board made an emergency landing in Little Rock after a suspicious odor was reported in the cabin.

Classes resume at 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit adds 2 stations, grows to 93 miles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

The longest light rail system in the U.S. just got bigger.

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:30am

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.

Global stocks up on strong Japanese, European data

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00am

Stock markets had an upbeat start to the week after stronger-than-expected economic data from Japan and the eurozone. Attention is likely to focus this week on Friday's release of U.S. growth data, as investors adapt to expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in December.

Belfast bakery loses appeal over refusal of gay-rights cake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:50am

A Belfast bakery on Monday lost its appeal of a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake decorated with a message supporting same-sex marriage.

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

Maria Ines Zamudio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:30am

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.

Eurozone business activity grows at fastest pace this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:50am

Business activity across the 19 eurozone economies grew in October at its fastest pace so far this year, shrugging off any major concerns about Britain's "Brexit" vote, a survey showed Monday.

527 South Koreans seek Note 7 payback from Samsung

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:42am

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.

China says hostages held by Somali pirates are freed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:40am

Following more than four years in captivity, 26 Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released from their captors, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.

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.

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.