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China investigating North Korean bank, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:40am

Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government's imports of goods that might be used by the North's nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

Dallas police and fire pension in crisis, retirees concerned

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:40pm

Still recovering from the July sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead, the Dallas Police Department is facing a new crisis as its pension fund approaches insolvency and scores of officers, including Chief David Brown, announce unexpected retirements.

Journalist's exile shows concern over Nepal's press freedom

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:50pm

A prominent local journalist who helped organize a gathering in Nepal of investigative reporters from throughout Asia was notably absent from the event, exiled to avoid possible arrest.

Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico's Gulf coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 8:52pm

A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico's Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country's state oil company said.

Asian stocks mostly lower ahead of US presidential debate

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 8:40pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as market attention turned from action from central banks to the U.S. presidential race, with a closely watched debate upcoming.

Fourstar Crook strikes again in Belmont's Hettinger Stakes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 5:50pm

Fourstar Crook struck again, extending her winning streak to six Sunday in the $125,000 John Hettinger Stakes for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Forest Service wants partnerships to help manage forests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:41pm

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his agency is depending on partnerships with states and private organizations to manage 60 million acres in need of restoration because of staff and budget cuts.

The Latest: Iowa cities donate sandbags to Cedar Rapids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:24pm

The Latest on flooding along rain-swollen rivers in Iowa (all times local):

Author Sam Western urges new take on Wyoming's economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:41pm

Author Sam Western urged a gathering of mostly graduates of local leadership programs to begin a new conversation on Wyoming's economic future.

Q&A: A mortgage exec reflects on housing market's challenges

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:24pm

From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. So are prices. Mortgage rates are near historic lows.

Gas prices up 4 cents to $2.25 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:21pm

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade.

Key developments in the New Jersey bridge lane-closing trial

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 1:21pm

The first week's testimony in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial has been aimed at putting two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the center of a plot to punish a local mayor who didn't endorse the Republican governor.

Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:41pm

Some leaders in a blue-collar Nebraska suburb that's home to Offutt Air Force Base are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside.

Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:21pm

Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again — this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast.

In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:20pm

Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went.

N. Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:21am

After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later.

State awards tax incentive to Albertsons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 9:00am

The Idaho Department of Commerce has agreed to reimburse 30 percent of grocery chain Albertsons' state taxes for the next 15 years under a plan intended to promote job growth in Idaho.

Suspect in Washington shooting 'zombie-like' when arrested

Phuong By and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:31am

The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

UK police arrest man in hacking of Pippa Middleton's phone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:31am

London police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and stealing 3,000 photographs.