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The Latest: California fuel fire spews thick, black smoke

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.

California oil facility fire prompts warnings to residents

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

A fire raging at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency Tuesday afternoon that led authorities to order about 12,000 people in two communities to stay inside with all windows and doors closed.

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):

Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:22pm

ABC's sophomore drama "A Million Little Things," reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" have something in common that they can take pride in.

Feds propose opening biggest national forest to logging

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:11pm

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country's largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas.

Andrew Yang's 'freedom dividend' echoes a 1930s basic income proposal that reshaped Social Security

Edwin Amenta, Irvine, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:00pm

just as seniors today owe a forgotten Californian doctor with a catchy idea.

Formosa Plastics agrees to pay $50M for Texas Gulf pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:59pm

Formosa Plastics Corp. has agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations that a company plant in Texas spilled tons of pellets into waterways near the Gulf of Mexico.