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A look at Salinas, California, farm-rich but unaffordable

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:49pm

Here's a look at some key information about Salinas, one of the nation's least affordable metro areas to live. It's a phenomenon that's plaguing California, from its wealthiest areas, to working-class cities like Salinas.

Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in 'outsider' cash

Adam Beam, Bill Barrow and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:54pm

It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races.

Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:27pm

An appeals judge has freed Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori a week after she was arrested as part of an ongoing money laundering probe.

Mother, daughter desperate to leave Venezuela flee on foot

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:04pm

As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as "the icebox."

Japan exports fall in September, first decline since 2016

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:05pm

Japan recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year in the first decline for the world's third largest economy since 2016.

The Latest: Officials deny $2 billion transit center lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:03pm

The Latest on lawsuits over a $2 billion transit terminal in San Francisco (all times local):

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.