• Manufacturer inspecting other engines after jetliner fire

    Updated: 23 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The company that made an engine that caught fire as a British Airways plane was taking off from Las Vegas is inspecting other engine parts as part of a federal investigation of the incident. On Sept. 8, British Airways flight 2276 was on a McCarran International Airport runway bound for London when the crew screeched the plane to a halt as flames billowed. All 157 passengers and 13 crew members survived, some with minor injuries. Updated findings released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicated the fire started with the spool in the left engine. The spool's function in the high-pressure compressor gives the plane power, making it a key part of the engine.

  • The Latest: Prosecutor: Ex-UN official implicated himself

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on allegations that former United Nations General Assembly President Josh Ashe accepted bribes to help a Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople gain investments and government contracts (all times local): 8 p.m. A prosecutor says charges against a former United Nations General Assembly president accused of accepting $1.3 million in bribes may be upgraded. The prosecutor — Daniel Richenthal — told a Manhattan federal magistrate judge Tuesday that John Ashe made incriminating statements after his arrest at his Dobbs Ferry home. Ashe was arrested on tax charges that carry a potential maximum penalty of six years in prison. A magistrate judge set bail at $1 million, citing the re

  • Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

    Updated: 26 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a "platform for profit" by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday. John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post as head of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014, faces tax fraud charges in what authorities call a conspiracy with five others, including Francis Lorenzo, a deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic who lives in the Bronx. U.S.

  • Fifth Third to pay $85M settlement for flawed mortgages

    Updated: 59 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fifth Third Bancorp has agreed to pay an $85 million settlement for not reporting flawed mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration to regulators. Between 2003 and 2013 the bank originated roughly 1,400 mortgage loans that it certified as eligible for FHA insurance, but later determined they were "materially defective" and therefore not eligible for FHA insurance, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Tuesday. However, the bank failed to report this to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, resulting in millions of dollars in HUD losses. The Cincinnati-based regional bank admitted the violations, has fixed its business practices and fired th

  • Panel overrules judge's tossing of mine violation notice

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An administrative law judge has been ordered to revisit a finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations." The Mine Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced the ruling by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. The judge had invalidated the administration's enforcement action involving Brody Mining of Wharton and determined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez failed to define what a pattern of violations entailed. The commission ruled Perez's definition was adequate and returned the case to the judge for further proceedings. Pattern-of-violation notices require mines to halt operations until significant violations are reduced.

  • ESPN cuts sponsored daily fantasy sports elements from shows

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — ESPN is cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its shows but not commercials from the daily fantasy sports site. That's according to ESPN Outside the Lines host Bob Ley, who revealed the shift during his show Tuesday. The change comes as daily fantasy sports behemoths DraftKings and FanDuel respond to reports a DraftKings employee may have accessed valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest, an incident likened to possible insider trading. The companies say there's no evidence anyone misused internal data.

  • Activists: Stop gas terminal off New York, New Jersey coasts

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Environmentalists and some elected officials are calling on the governors of New York and New Jersey to oppose a proposal for a liquefied natural gas import terminal off both states' coasts. An application by Liberty Natural Gas to build the facility in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey, is due to be considered by federal regulators this fall. It can be vetoed by the governor of either state. Environmentalists say it's a dangerous potential terrorist target and is unneeded given that the United States is awash in cheap, domestic natural gas, much of which is produced in the Marcellus Shale formation just west of New York.

  • Chinese billionaire finds himself at center of a new scandal

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    NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in three decades, a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul is central to a scandal over whether his money was used to buy influence in the United States. Authorities say in the mid-1990s Ng Lap Seng funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Democratic National Committee through a restaurant owner who knew then-President Bill Clinton. He visited the White House at least 10 times and was photographed with the president and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The restaurant owner eventually pleaded guilty to a felony. Now, a federal prosecutor has charged Ng criminally with playing a central role in a $1.3 million bribery scheme to corrupt a former president of the United Nations Genera

  • California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure while surrounded by women and girls at an event at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, northeast of San Francisco. "The stratification and the pay disparities in California and in America, probably in the world, are something that really eats away at our whole society," Brown said. He called the legislation a "milestone." The bill by Sen.

  • UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler

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    DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company. In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that it received a strike notice from the union, and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement. A letter to Fiat Chrysler that was posted on the UAW website Tuesday says the union is ending its contract with FCA at 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Union members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with the company last week, with members calling for an end to a two-tier pay structure, more specific guarantees of new vehicles for U.S. factories and a return of cost-of-living pay raises that th

  • Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy. Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the "disruptive" companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and "out of touch" government. "The result is a worsening friction between our 20th century government and our rapidly changing 21st century economy," said the Florida senator. "We have to realize that all of the best innovation in our economy is happening in the unregulated space.

  • Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Protein and health bars at Wal-Mart are getting ready for prime time. The world's largest retailer plans to expand its offering of bars like Special K and Clif beyond the over-the counter section that features diet supplements to the more visible main grocery aisles of some of its stores, starting in January. Wal-Mart is also considering eventually placing these nutritional bars near the cash registers. The move comes as the world's largest retailer, along with many other rivals, are going on a health kick as they fight to grab a bigger share of the wellness and healthy food business. Target Corp. announced last month that it was pushing granola bars and healthy grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkou

  • Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city's main airport. Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and never publicized until this week, when St. Louis radio station KMOX first obtained a copy.

  • Clinton says she'll offer plan for 'Wall Street abuses'

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    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she'll offer a plan in the next week to deal with "Wall Street abuses." Campaigning in Iowa, Clinton said her proposal would "rein in the too-big-to-fail banks and other institutions." Clinton has maintained strong ties to Wall Street from her time as a New York senator. But her chief rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has pushed hard against the big financial institutions, and he's co-sponsored a bill to restore the law that once separated commercial and investment banking, known as Glass-Steagall. "If you only reinstate Glass-Steagall you don't go after all these other institutions," Clinton said when ask

  • Keystone XL developer seeks different approval for route

    BY GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is taking steps to circumvent one of the major roadblocks in Nebraska. But in seeking approval Monday for the same contentious route through the state, TransCanada could create another round of lengthy delays in an already drawn-out process. It also indicates a new push for the $8 billion Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a state where opponents have repeatedly thwarted efforts to build the project. President Barack Obama has indicated that he may reject a federal permit for the project, as he did in 2012 when he accused congressional Republicans of setting an arbitrary deadline. Former Gov.

  • APNewsBreak: Senate panel probing VW's use of tax credits

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widens. Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon say in a letter to Volkswagen on Tuesday that more than $50 million in tax subsidies may have gone to VW owners under false pretenses. Hatch, a Republican, chairs the Finance Committee. Wyden is its senior Democrat. They said in the letter that the automaker's use of "defeat devices" in diesel passenger cars raises questions of whether officials lied to the U.S. government in certifying that the VW Jetta and other models met emissions standards needed for owners to claim th

  • VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal. The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in Washington, and that will put Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn at a disadvantage Thursday when he appears before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. It will be Horn's first time testifying before Congress. Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday that panel is opening a separate investigation, this one concerning federal tax credits the company gave VW buyers.

  • Coffee combo: Peet's buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Peet's Coffee & Tea is buying the popular premium coffee company Stumptown Coffee Roasters, bringing the once independent brand more into the mainstream. Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. Stumptown, based in Portland, Oregon, was started in 1999. Investment firm TSG Partners bought a majority ownership position in the company in 2011. Stumptown now operates 10 stores in Portland, Seattle, New York and Los Angeles and describes itself as a pioneer of the cold-brew coffee movement. The companies say Stumptown will continue to operate independently but will have access to Peet's resources and scale.

  • Investor-owned gas utilities forecast lower hearing bills

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three major Indiana investor-owned natural gas utilities are projecting significantly lower heating bills this winter as long as the weather is normal Vectren Energy Delivery, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Citizens Energy Group all announced their heating cost projections Tuesday. NIPSCO says its average residential customers using a total of 620 therms could expect to pay $345 from November through March, about $150 less than last year. Vectren and Citizens say their customers could see gas bills about 20 percent lower than last year. Vectren says its customers can expect to pay around $445 this winter, based on the average household consumption of approximately 660 therms.

  • New Roku streaming TV device has 4K resolution

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming TV device maker Roku on Tuesday unveiled a new model that offers video in Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution, matching what's available with Amazon's new Fire TV device. Although relatively few TVs today are capable of displaying that sharpness, having the feature now means it's available when households buy a 4K TV as prices drop. The new Roku 4 will cost $130 and will ship by the end of the month. Besides 4K, the new model will help people find a lost remote under the couch by signaling the remote to make a sound. Roku will continue to sell older models at prices that start at $50. All Roku devices are also getting new software offering more ways to get alerts when movies and shows become av