• Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

    Updated: 23 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after over 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than 1,000 activists blocked parts of Broadway in Manhattan's financial district in a sit-in to protest what they see as corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis. Monday's demonstration was planned as a more confrontational sequel to Sunday's march, with many participants Monday deliberately risking arrest by obstructing traffic in the heart of the nation's financial capital. Over 100 people, including a person wearing a white polar bear suit, were arrested Monday night after they refused to leave the intersection of Broad and Wall streets, police said. Most of the arrests were for disorderly co

  • Jury: Arab Bank liable in terror attacks

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury found on Monday that a large Jordan-based bank should be held responsible for a wave of Hamas-sanctioned suicide bombings in the early 2000s that left several Americans dead or wounded. Jurors reached the unanimous verdict in a terrorism financing lawsuit against Arab Bank after deliberating two days in at a civil trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Plaintiff's lawyer Gary Osen said it's the first time a bank has been found liable for knowingly supporting a terrorist group. "The question now is how the rest of the financial world, regulators and governments deal with Arab Bank," Osen said.

  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    Updated: 48 min ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner. "Everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and for fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said during the late Sunday evening newscast. "And as for this job, well not that I have a choice, but f--- it, I quit." She then walked off ca

  • Reserves narrowing for California water wholesaler

    Updated: 52 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday. Without plentiful rain and snow in coming months, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California could consider cutbacks to its regional distributors next year. If such limits are approved, that could lead to rationing or cuts for households in portions of Southern California. "We've gone through a little more than two-thirds of our storage in the last three years," Jeffrey Kightlinger, the agency's general manager, said in a speech in downtown Los Angeles. "Obviously, this it can't go on indefinite

  • US cracks down on companies moving overseas

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes. New regulations from the Treasury Department will make these co-called corporate inversions less lucrative by barring creative techniques that companies use to lower their tax bill. Additionally, the U.S. will make it harder for companies to move overseas in the first place by tightening the ownership requirements they must meet. "This action will significantly diminish the ability of inverted companies to escape U.S. taxation," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said.

  • SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

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    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the groundbreaking, Musk said he expects SpaceX to invest $100 million in the world's first commercial orbital spaceport during the next three to four years. The commercial satellite launch revenue Musk anticipates generating at the Boca Chica Beach site east of Brownsville will fuel California-based SpaceX's real objective. "The long-term goal is to create technology nec

  • Study: Quake-drilling correlation near Bairoil

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming State Geological Survey report finds no correlation in Wyoming between earthquakes and wells the petroleum industry and others use to inject substances underground, with one exception: Several small quakes have been occurring in and near a pair of remote oil fields. More study is needed to determine if injection wells in the Lost Soldier and Wertz oil fields a few miles north of Bairoil, population 106, could have caused any of a dozen small quakes over the past 30 years, Wyoming State Geologist Tom Drean said Monday. The area is naturally prone to earthquakes, he noted. "It's very hard to make that separation, is it all natural, is it induced and is it some combination thereof?" Drean

  • Appeals court reinstates NY NatWest-Hamas lawsuit

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday reinstated a lawsuit in which victims of terrorist attacks in Israel accused the National Westminster Bank of supporting Hamas, just hours before a Brooklyn jury ruled against a bank in a similar case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the roughly 200 U.S. nationals who brought the lawsuit in 2005 are entitled to a trial to prove their claims against the bank, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. The plaintiffs had sought unspecified damages. Shannon Lynch, a spokeswoman for lawyers representing the bank, declined to comment Monday. The lawsuit claiming that NatWest violated U.S.

  • SEC giving $30M, biggest whistleblower award yet

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission is giving its biggest award yet, about $30 million, to a whistleblower who provided key information that led to an enforcement action in a fraud case. The agency announced the award Monday. It was the SEC's 14th whistleblower award under a program adopted in 2011 and the fourth award to a whistleblower living in a foreign country. The nature of the enforcement action and the identity of the whistleblower weren't disclosed. The largest award previously was $14 million in October 2013. Under the program, tipsters who report corporate fraud or other misconduct are eligible if they give the SEC information that leads to an enforcement action resulting in more than $

  • Cleveland Browns owners father in car crash

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A family spokesman says Pilot Flying J truck stop founder and father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is all right after being involved in a three-car accident. Spokesman Tom Ingram says Jim Haslam was examined and released by his doctor after the Monday wreck. According to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Haslam's 2014 Mercedes drifted across the center line, sideswiped an SUV and then went off the roadway and struck a wall. The third vehicle then hit the rear of the Mercedes. Haslam played tackle for the University of Tennessee and founded Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia. The privately held company now has ann

  • LA attorney faces suspension over doctored photos

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her with high-profile people such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Clooney. In an 18-page decision this month, Judge Donald Miles said Svitlana Sangary failed to remove the images after a State Bar warning that they were false advertising; disregarded the disciplinary process and responded to the charges with a 16-page soliloquy that had little or nothing to do with the case. The California Supreme Court will decide on the recommendation. In a rambling statement to The Associated Press, Sangary implied that the photos were genuine.

  • Judge weighs ending ban on newspaper publication

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to lift his order blocking the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing material it obtained from the Alabama Public Service Commission about Alabama Gas Corp.'s natural gas lines. Lawyers for the paper asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance during a Monday hearing to end the ban, arguing it was unconstitutional. Vance's order, issued Aug. 12 without the paper having a chance to object, marked the first time in 143 years that a member of the Alabama Press Association was blocked by a court from publishing "truthful or accurate" information, said Advertiser attorney Dennis Bailey. "This was prior restraint," said Bailey.

  • Starbucks tests latte with stout flavor

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is testing a latte that it says has the "savory toasty malt" flavor of a foamy mug of stout. The "Dark Barrel Latte" is being tested in a handful of stores in Ohio and Florida, said Linda Mills, a Starbucks spokeswoman. She said the drink is topped with whipped cream, dark caramel drizzle and incorporates a "chocolatey stout flavored sauce." Despite the stout flavor, the latte does not contain alcohol. She declined to provide further details, noting Starbucks regularly tests new drinks. Starbucks Corp., based in Seattle, has enjoyed strong sales growth in part by continually introducing new food and drinks.

  • New Mexico governor candidates face off at forum

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King disagreed Monday over the economy and education in their first appearance together at a candidate forum in New Mexico's race for governor. King went on the offensive quickly and complained in his opening remarks about a Martinez campaign ad that focused on his role as attorney general in the case of a felon who defrauded investors. "The real reason that we have ads like that in campaigns now is because we don't want to talk about the real hard truth in New Mexico," said King. "And the real hard truth in New Mexico is that we have the worst economy in the country.

  • Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba. Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts to turn around the struggling Silicon Valley company. The sell-off came even though Yahoo reaped more than $9 billion last week from selling some of its stake in Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company held a record-setting initial public offering of stock. Yahoo has promised to return at least half of the after-tax proceeds to shareholders — likely through stock buybacks. But some investors aren't waiting, now that they're able to buy Alibaba shares directly, according to Brian Wieser, an Inter

  • Native Americans seek dismissal of Redskins' suit

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Five Native Americans asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed against them over the team's nickname. The Native Americans, who are members of five different tribes throughout the U.S., won a trademark dispute earlier this year with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over Washington's nickname. The agency ruled that the Redskins should lose trademark protection for their name because it may disparage Native Americans. In court papers, lawyers for the Native Americans said that if the team wants to sue, it needs to sue the Patent and Trademark Office, which made the decision. The lawyers argued the Redskins have no cause to sue the Native Americans because they

  • Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. The idea, long advocated by policymakers, economists and environmental activists, is that the world can't hope to slow the heating of the planet until its cost is incorporated into the everyday activities that contribute to it, such as using gas- or coal-generated electricity, driving a car, shipping a package or flying around the globe.

  • Meeting set for carbon pollution stakeholders

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. The public meeting will assess the state's pollution reduction target under EPA's alternate proposals and offer an economic analysis and a grid reliability study. The federal agency issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015.

  • Clorox and Apple are big market movers

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE The Clorox Co. up $6.66 to $97.23 The consumer goods company is exiting Venezuela, citing government restrictions, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. AutoZone Inc. down $21.06 to $505.38 A rebounding economy has more Americans buying new cars, which cut into the auto parts retailer's sales during the recent quarter. EMC Corp. up 15 cents to $29.68 Reports are beginning to surface that the data storage equipment company, under pressure from shareholders, may soon consider a sale. Beazer Homes USA Inc. down 52 cents to $18.

  • Judge upholds video limits in Jodi Arias trial

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on video coverage of the penalty phase retrial in Jodi Arias' murder case. Citing Arias' right to a fair trial, Judge Sherry Stephens is sticking by a previous order that no footage can be broadcast until after the verdict. A media lawyer had asked Stephens to amend her ruling and allow footage to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings, arguing the current restrictions deny the public their constitutional right to witness criminal proceedings. Arias last year was convicted of murder in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on her sentence. The retrial of the penalty phas