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PG&E executives to appear before California regulatory board

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:05pm

Top executives of California's largest utility are expected at an emergency meeting Friday to answer hard questions by state regulators about a massive pre-emptive power shutdown last week that has been criticized as poorly executed and unacceptable.

China's economic slowdown deepens, weighing on global growth

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:13pm

China's economic growth sank to a 26-year low in the latest quarter amid pressure from a trade war with Washington, adding to a deepening slump that is weighing on global growth.

China's quarterly economic growth weakens to 6.0%, its lowest in at least 26 years, during a tariff war with Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:01pm

China's quarterly economic growth weakens to 6.0%, its lowest in at least 26 years, during a tariff war with Washington.

Silver: China asked for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to be fired

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 6:32pm

we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression," Silver said. "We wanted to make sure everyone understood we were supporting free expression."

New Zealand sale announcement highlights TV's struggles

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:31pm

New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks on Friday announced it plans to sell its struggling television business, leaving hundreds of workers wondering if they will still have jobs if a buyer can't be found.

FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:49pm

The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations.

Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:19pm

Officials say crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches.

Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:45pm

Washington state's wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently.

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:39pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy "even if it goes against our standards." But while he promoted free expression, limitations were place on coverage of his remarks at Georgetown University.

The Latest: GM workers to begin contract voting on Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:18pm

The Latest on the tentative contract agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers (all times local):

California objects to Berkshire Hathaway's sale of insurer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:34pm

California regulators are objecting to Berkshire Hathaway's sale of one of its smaller insurance companies, but they may not have much of an argument.

Anheuser-Busch accuses MillerCoors of stealing recipes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:34pm

Anheuser-Busch is suing MillerCoors over its confidential recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:18pm

Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go from bad to worse.

Bankers survey shows improved rural economy in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:15pm

The latest survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states showed an improved rural economy this month, but the ongoing trade disputes continue weighing on the economy.

British company pleads to smuggling endangered-species goods

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:10pm

A British company has pleaded guilty to smuggling items into the U.S. made from endangered species.

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes

Fadi Tawil, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:44pm

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut early Friday after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years. The riots left two people dead and dozens wounded.

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:42pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:49pm

Country singer Gretchen Wilson was removed from a New Mexico hotel after she performed at a weekend music festival.

'Totally avoidable': 3 firms fined in Seattle crane collapse

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:40pm

Washington state on Thursday fined three companies for their roles in a crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle last April, with officials calling it "totally avoidable," and Seattle Police confirmed that they have opened a criminal investigation.