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Shonda Rhimes, iHeartMedia strike 3-year podcast deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:53pm

Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world.

Germany angered by Shell refusal to dismantle old oil rigs

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:41pm

The German government said Wednesday it has called an international meeting over Shell's refusal to dismantle old oil rigs containing thousands of tons of crude in the Northeast Atlantic.

Sutter Health, California settle massive antitrust case

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:36pm

One of California's largest hospital systems has reached an agreement to settle a massive class-action lawsuit over allegations that it abused its market power and has been overcharging patients for medical bills.

Sutter Health, employers and California attorney general reach settlement in massive antitrust lawsuit over health costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:23pm

Sutter Health, employers and California attorney general reach settlement in massive antitrust lawsuit over health costs.

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:01pm

Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

Alaska to look at oil spill plan requirements

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 12:56pm

Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans.

Officials eye explosion at California fuel site after quake

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 12:27pm

Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.

Cuba to let citizens buy imports with foreign currencies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 12:11pm

The Cuban government says it will allow citizens to use 10 foreign currencies to buy products like televisions and air conditioners at state stores in an attempt to compete with a multi-billion-dollar informal market in imported goods.

Wyoming governor expects more budget trimming

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 12:11pm

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he's open to all ideas to reduce spending while the state deals with lower revenue from fossil fuels.

Fed survey finds US economy being hurt by trade battles

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 12:07pm

The U.S. economy was expanding at a modest pace in September and into October despite the fact manufacturing was being hurt by rising trade tensions and weaker global growth while adverse weather was affecting farmers.

Pricey pot, few stores in Canada after 1 year of legal sales

Gene Johnson, Elaine Thompson and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:59am

The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce.

Indiana hospital system notifying patients after data breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:58am

A northwestern Indiana hospital system is warning more than 68,000 patients that their personal information, including Social Security numbers and health records, may have been exposed during a data breach.

NCAA: College athletes graduating at record high rate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:48am

Graduation rates among college athletes continue to hit record highs.

Biden jabs Warren on foreign policy, compares Trump to Nixon

Julie Carr Smyth and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:44am

Joe Biden is punching left and right coming out of the Democrats' latest presidential debate, casting his top primary rival, Elizabeth Warren, as potentially disastrous on foreign policy while mocking President Donald Trump as more corrupt than Richard Nixon.

Hogan details Bay Bridge repair urgency and traffic action

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:42am

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday ordered expedited work on repairs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that are causing major traffic backups, saying the project can't be postponed because previous delays for more than a decade have caused "tremendous safety problems."

A history of key United Auto Workers strikes against GM

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:23am

A rundown of notable labor events involving the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal Wednesday:

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:18am

Stock indexes are slightly lower in midday trading on Wall Street as health care stocks and homebuilders temper a sharp slide from technology companies.

UN labor body: Qatar pledges to end 'kafala' employment laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:13am

The energy-rich nation of Qatar is pledging to fully eliminate a labor system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company's permission to leave the country.

The Latest: Union says deal with GM offers 'major gains'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:09am

The Latest on the United Auto Workers and General Motors reaching a tentative contract agreement (all times local):