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  • 2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor

    Updated: 34 min ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Jennifer Cramblett was five months pregnant and happy with her life in April 2012. She and her partner had...

  • Sheldon Adelson criticizes Internet gambling

    Updated: 59 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Sheldon Adelson repeated his distaste for Internet gambling during a talk Wednesday night at the G2E Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, saying there was no reason casinos should be in the pockets of every single American. "You cannot know your customer on the...

  • Judge: Stockton must treat pension like other debt

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make...

  • ND attorney general settles case with polling firm

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Democratic polling firm representing backers of a state conservation fund will pay $2,000 to resolve a complaint alleging violations of North Dakota's do not call law, court records show. The North Dakota attorney general's office and Las Vegas-based Campaign...

  • Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of Hawaii's largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii's Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state. Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from...

  • Flight operations at Chicago airports improving

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says that despite the sabotage last week at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center, air traffic controllers managed more operations at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday than at any other airport. The agency said that by Wednesday...

  • Nevada city plans festival to celebrate blue jeans

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival in Reno next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans. Reno tailor Jacob Davis created riveted denim jeans in 1871 in a downtown shop. Two years later, he and Levi...

  • Man with Ebola virus flew roundabout trip to US

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts. Details of the man's 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged Wednesday. He flew...

  • Manager Orr testifies in Detroit bankruptcy trial

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Emergency manager Kevyn Orr testified in bankruptcy court Wednesday that when he took over Detroit's finances, he found a city with poor services for residents, next to no cash flow and significant neighborhood blight. Orr, who was hired by the state in March 2013 to fix...

  • PNM negotiates agreement over coal-fired plant

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility has negotiated a settlement proposal that would allow it to meet certain pollution standards with the partial closure of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. PNM officials said the proposal, if approved by...

  • Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors. On...

  • US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was visiting Washington as the standoff between students and authorities...

  • Infant's body found in California trash facility

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — The body of an infant has been found at a Southern California trash recycling center. Sheriff's deputies were called to Advance Disposal Co. in the high desert city of Hesperia, in San Bernardino County, shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller...

  • Baker Hughes to disclose fracking chemicals

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations. Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic...

  • Complaint: Racial slurs, threats at Daimler plant

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's labor commissioner has filed a complaint against heavy-duty truck and school bus manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America, alleging five employees at its Portland plant were subjected to racial slurs and threats. A statement Wednesday from Commissioner Brad...

  • Stocks start October with a drop

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets got off to a rough start in October as disappointing economic news and Ebola fears drove stocks lower. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped more than 200 points Wednesday, the first day of trading in a month known for big market swings. Nervous investors...

  • Verso Paper shuttering paper mill in Maine

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Verso Paper said Wednesday that it will shutter a paper mill in Maine that has yet to turn a profit for the maker of coated papers. The Memphis, Tennessee company did not say how many employees at the mill in Bucksport, Maine, would lose their jobs as a result of the...

  • BofA board names CEO Brian Moynihan chairman

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan has been named chairman, effective immediately. The lender said Wednesday that its board of directors elected Moynihan to succeed Charles "Chad" Holiday Jr. Moynihan has been CEO of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank...

  • Inslee: More needed to prevent oil train explosion

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Citing deadly risks associated with increasing volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said the state and federal governments need to take swift action to prevent and respond to oil spills. The governor likened an oil train explosion to "a...

  • Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund.

  • Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world's biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred...

  • Top selling vehicles in the US in September

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Automakers announced September U.S. car and truck sales on Wednesday. Here are the top sellers, the number of vehicles sold and the percent change from a year ago. Source: Autodata Corp.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look...

  • 911 caller: Cop told man to drop gun at Wal-Mart

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man carrying a gun in Wal-Mart told state investigators he heard an officer repeatedly say "put it down" about two seconds before police shot the man, killing him, according to a summary of the interview released by the state. The 24-year-old...

  • 'Vultures' hover over Argentina -US relations

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Relations between Argentina and the United States have sunk so low the South American nation's president is blaming the Obama administration for her country's debt crisis and suggesting Washington might even want to have her killed. "If something was to happen to...