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  • Radisson suspends Minnesota Vikings sponsorship

    Updated: 12 min ago

    MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas. In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in...

  • Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

    Updated: 18 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album. The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise "Songs of Freedom" release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million...

  • PG&E officials removed for improper communications

    Updated: 47 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate...

  • BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale

    Updated: 56 min ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year. BP's business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil...

  • US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers. The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling by one of its administrative judges...

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions. Industry analysts expect strong...

  • Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. U2 played at an Apple event...

  • Lawsuit settlements reached in Metro-North crash

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a train crash in Connecticut last year have settled with the commuter railroad, lawyers involved in the case said Monday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The four passengers...

  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally. Sixteen percent of adult New...

  • Forward-thinking U2 innovating while entertaining

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. But who's listening to it? The picture started to become more clear when Apple said Monday...

  • Keystone XL operator seeks South Dakota approval

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Monday formally asked South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state. The Public Utilities Commission must recertify that the conditions for...

  • APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic...

  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called "The Envelope Please," begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and...

  • Atlanta airport closing runway for maintenance

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta airport officials say they're closing the northernmost runway until mid-October for maintenance. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials said in a statement that a 9,000-foot long stretch of one of the airport's five runways is being repaved. The...

  • App would help women in NYC find women cab drivers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City. Less than 3 percent of the city's about 115,000 licensed taxi, livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a problem for women who are reluctant to get into...

  • Rice cooker prompts airport terminal closure

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a disassembled rice cooker prompted a partial terminal closure and investigation at the world's busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie has said the departure area of the international terminal was cordoned off while...

  • Corps halts review of Oregon coal export terminal

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company that's trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to a hungry Asian market. Last month, Oregon state regulators rejected a...

  • Conn. Supreme Court backs wind energy regulation

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court announced Monday a unanimous decision backing a state agency regulating wind energy, rejecting a challenge by opponents of a wind project. The court ruled 6-0 that a trial court was correct to dismiss appeals by opponents of the project by...

  • Arizona dog food plant surveyed after explosion

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion Sunday, blowing out metal doors at the front of the seven-story...

  • United offers up to $100K if workers leave

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines reached a deal with the flight attendants' union to offer up to $100,000 in severance for workers who leave the company. United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Monday that the airline hopes that at least 2,100 of its 23,000 flight attendants will accept. The...

  • Federal agencies approve North Dakota power line

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Construction on a 200-mile-long power line in western North Dakota is set to begin after getting the go-ahead from two federal agencies. Basin Electric received approval from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service over the...

  • Stocks mixed ahead of Fed; small companies slump

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting on Tuesday and many investors expect the central bank to...

  • Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed...

  • Judge OKs auction for closed $2.4B Revel casino

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge on Monday approved a Sept. 24 auction for the failed $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after a Florida developer offered $90 million cash for the closed building. Developer Glenn Straub said parts of the building could reopen a couple...

  • Attorney dismisses lawsuit challenging energy tax

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney who had challenged Oklahoma's recently adjusted tax on oil and gas production as unconstitutional has dismissed his lawsuit. Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent filed a petition Monday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss his lawsuit. Fent declined to say...



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