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New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:55pm

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement.

Protests, pleas expected at hearing on Trump fuel rollback

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:41pm

Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation's worst air pollution.

Mystery around disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 7:44pm

X-Men star Fan Bingbing's Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost unremarked in China's hyper-adrenalized social media environment.

Train derails in NW Iowa, dumping sand, railcars into river

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 5:15pm

No injuries have been reported after a train derailed in northwest Iowa and 20 cars carrying soybean oil and sand fell into the flooded Floyd River.

Teenager killed in Nicaragua as protest tensions flare again

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 5:07pm

Armed men wearing hoods clashed with anti-government protesters in Nicaragua's capital Sunday, and police said a teenager was killed and five people were injured.

Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 1:01pm

Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence.

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 12:54pm

Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions.

OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 12:04pm

A meeting of OPEC and its allies ended without any decision to further increase oil output despite President Donald Trump's call for lower prices.

Average US price of gas drops a penny per gallon to $2.90

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 12:03pm

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped a penny per gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.90.

Report finds dozens of Texas gas leak explosions since 2006

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 11:47am

More than two dozen homes in north and central Texas have blown up since 2006 along a network of pipelines operated by one of the largest natural gas companies in the U.S, leading to nine deaths and badly injuring at least 22 other people, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Ex-OpenTable worker charged in bogus reservations scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 11:33am

A former OpenTable employee has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly making hundreds of bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants to undermine a rival booking service.

Congress aims to give airplane passengers relief from shrinking seats, legroom

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 11:09am

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters.

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:44am

President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages this week.

Insider Q&A: Amalgamated Bank CEO Keith Mestrich

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:02am

Amalgamated Bank underwent the biggest change in its 95-year history this summer, going public on the Nasdaq stock exchange as the nation's only union-owned, publicly traded bank.

Bill targets 'Kushner loophole' allowing false filings

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:01am

A New York City councilman plans to introduce a bill to close the "Kushner loophole" that fails to check up on landlords if they file false documents with the city.

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:33am

The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:16am

Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.

Swiss-flagged cargo ship attacked off Nigeria, 12 kidnapped

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 4:22am

A Swiss shipping company says that a bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria's coast and 12 of its 19 crew members have been kidnapped.

Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 2:29am

Porsche's chief executive says the sports car maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.