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As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:53pm

More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to follow. Here's a look at other nations that could be influenced by Canada's legalization:

Ebay sues Amazon, saying it tried to poach its sellers

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:07pm

Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying the online retail giant used eBay's messaging system to steal its sellers.

Trump administration won't brand China currency manipulator

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:02pm

The Trump administration has again decided not to brand China a currency manipulator. But the U.S. is targeting China and five others for special monitoring for what the administration says are practices that are worsening America's trade deficit.

AP FACT CHECK: Noem lacks proof Sutton supports income tax

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:29pm

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is considered a favorite to become South Dakota's first female governor after she easily won the deep red state's June Republican primary. But Billie Sutton, a state senator and former professional rodeo cowboy who was paralyzed in a 2007 rodeo accident, has mounted a spirited challenge to be the state's first Democratic governor elected in over 40 years.

Builder sues over $2 billion San Francisco transit center

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:24pm

The general contractor that managed San Francisco's troubled $2 billion transit terminal is suing the agency in charge of the project alleging faulty design and mismanagement.

After UPS contract vote, Teamsters drivers feel betrayed

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:24pm

Tens of thousands of Teamsters members earlier this month rejected a five-year contract agreement with United Parcel Service, unhappy with a proposal to create a new class of drivers with lower pay.

Man gets 40 years for plotting bombs in Target stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:51pm

A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to place bombs on the shelves of Target stores in an attempt to drive the company's stock price down.

PulteGroup, IBM and Fiat Chrysler fall while Netflix climbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:36pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Lawmakers ask Kia and Hyundai to testify on reports of fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:22pm

A Senate committee is asking executives of auto makers Kia and Hyundai to testify next month about fire risk in their vehicles.

Warring staffers? Some strategies for restoring the peace

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:10pm

When staffers at a small business can't get along, many owners find that telling them "cut it out" doesn't necessarily work.

Gold, silver slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:03pm

The October gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,223.70 an ounce -- down $3.60.

Retired Marine receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam actions

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:46pm

President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest military honor Wednesday to an 80-year-old retired Marine sergeant major who five decades ago "fought with unmatched bravery" at the beginning of one of the Vietnam War's longest and bloodiest battles.

Email: Political appointee tapped to lead Interior watchdog

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:39pm

The Trump administration is moving to reassign a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to lead an internal watchdog agency at the Interior Department.

Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:23pm

Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance about pouring his own money into his quest to defeat multimillionaire Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois governor.

Reward offered for information in attack on trucker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:18pm

A trucker from Missouri who was beaten at an Idaho truck stop last month is still recovering from his injuries, and his employer has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his attacker.

Company owners need to step in when staffers can't get along

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:09pm

When four of Zach Hendrix's staffers couldn't get along or even speak to one another, he tried talking, cajoling and negotiating with them. But nothing worked.

You've won the Mega Millions jackpot. Now what?

Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:03pm

Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions.

Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:39pm

With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election.

Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:37pm

France's Ecology Ministry says pellets of oil have reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica.

FBI: Sotheby's defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme

Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:29pm

A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.