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Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 10:45pm

Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China.

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gain on solid earnings

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 10:41pm

Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after a Wall Street rally driven by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies.

In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 10:20pm

Oklahoma's history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state's creation in 1907 was celebrated with a symbolic wedding ceremony between the Indian and Oklahoma territories.

George Conway donates to Trump's GOP primary challenger

Hunter Woodall, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:54pm

The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has donated to one of President Donald Trump's Republican primary challengers.

Latest: California oil fire health warning lifted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:38pm

The Latest on oil facility fire in Northern California (all times local):

Lawmakers: Tech giants have given some of documents sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:32pm

Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech say they've received part of the information they requested from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, and expect to get the rest soon.

Rights groups call on Egypt authorities to free journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:28pm

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International are calling for the Egyptian government to release a journalist who they say has been detained by security officials, and investigate allegations that she has been beaten and tortured in custody.

Intel to pay $5M to settle pay discrimination allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:21pm

The Labor Department says it has reached a $5 million settlement with chip maker Intel Corp. over allegations of pay discrimination against its female, African American and Hispanic employees.

Health warning lifted over fire at California oil facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 5:16pm

Authorities have lifted shelter-in-place orders for some 12,000 people in Northern California after containment of a fire at a fuel storage facility that sent up a huge cloud of smoke.

The Latest: Tropical weather new fear at collapse site

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 4:57pm

The Latest on the partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans (all times local):

Oklahoma regent resigns over role representing drug maker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 4:42pm

A member of the board that oversees Oklahoma's 25 state colleges and universities is stepping down after facing criticism over his role representing drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in its legal fight with the state over the opioid crisis.

After ending protests, Ecuador faces dire economic outlook

Gonzalo Solano and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 4:13pm

President LenĂ­n Moreno survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge.

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Tim Reynolds and Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:59pm

LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans on social media have criticized the outspoken superstar, questioning the motivation of James' comments.

New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:55pm

and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries.

Missouri appeals court overturns $110 million talc verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:36pm

A Missouri appeals court has overturned a $110 million verdict in a case alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder caused a Virginia woman's ovarian cancer.

Turkish bank charged with evading US sanctions on Iran

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:34pm

A major Turkish bank was criminally charged in an indictment Tuesday with participating in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Nielsen's top programs for Oct. 7-13

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:32pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 7-13. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

MGM Resorts sells Circus Circus, Bellagio on Las Vegas Strip

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:26pm

MGM Resorts International announced the sale Tuesday of two casinos that will significantly alter its portfolio of Las Vegas Strip properties and offer up cash.

The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:22pm

The Latest on Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (all times local):