• First Niagara shares drop after $800M charge in 3Q

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — First Niagara Financial Group Inc.'s shares sank Friday after the bank took an $800 million charge that caused a quarterly loss and said it was dealing with a "process issue" with its deposit accounts. The Buffalo, New York-based bank posted a loss after preferred dividends of $665 million, or $1.90 per share, for its third quarter. A year ago it posted a profit of $79.1 million, or 20 cents per share. On a call with investors, First Niagara pinned the $800 million goodwill impairment charge on a drop in its share price and the expectation of continued low interest rates. A goodwill charge is an accounting measure to write down the value of an asset.

  • Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies at 87

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87. Quigley died Oct. 21 at her San Francisco home after an unspecified illness, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting Quigley's sister, Ruth, said Friday. Nancy Reagan began consulting Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. She wanted to keep him from getting shot again, Nancy Reagan wrote in her 1989 memoir, "My Turn." Entertainer Merv Griffin had told her that Quigley had predicted that the day the president was shot was going to be a dangerous one for him.

  • Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

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    OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade. The attorney suffered slight wounds to the neck and wasn't taken to a hospital after Kevin Sweat cut him, said Okfuskee County District Attorney Max Cook. It's not clear how the 28-year-old convicted killer smuggled the weapon into the courthouse in Okemah, about 65 miles south of Tulsa. Sweat, who sustained an injury to his nose, was brought back into the packed courtroom and sentenced in front of dozens of family members and friends of his three victims.

  • Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the faith's early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were between 20 and 40 years old. One of them, however, was a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of Smith's close friends. The essay posted this week on the church's website marked the first time the Salt Lake City-based religion has officially acknowledged those facts, though it also has not denied them.

  • FCC: Phone companies posted private info online

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two phone companies — TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. — unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said Friday they plan to fine the companies. As consumer data breaches go, the case — and its $10 million fine — is relatively small. But the incident is alarming because of how it unfolded: The companies participate in a government program called Lifeline, which subsidizes phone service for poor consumers. To crack down on fraudulent claims, federal regulators ordered carriers to collect identifiable information. TerraCom Inc.

  • Stumped doctor ordered cyanide test on dying woman

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A physician who treated a 41-year-old neurologist after she suddenly collapsed said Friday that he ordered a test that eventually revealed a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood because he could find no other explanation for her sudden illness. Dr. Jon Rittenberger testified in the homicide trial of Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, who is charged with poisoning his neurologist wife — Dr. Autumn Klein — by spiking her energy drink with cyanide. Rittenberger was one of several doctors who treated Klein at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, where Klein also worked, after she collapsed in her kitchen just before midnight on April 17, 2013.

  • Market jolt is reality check for investors

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 had its best gain in nearly two years. How should investors view this intense flip-flop? As an overdue reminder that stocks aren't a one-way ride up. While last week's slump doesn't technically count as a correction — defined as a 10-percent drop from a peak — that's how many professional investors view it. "It's important to have these periods of scare and fear,"

  • WHO: Mali case put many at risk for Ebola

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    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday. The U.N. agency is treating the situation as an emergency since many people may have had "high-risk exposures" to the 2-year-old girl during her journey through several towns in Mali, including two hours in the capital, Bamako. The girl was traveling with her grandmother. The toddler died while being treated at a hospital in the western city of Kayes on Friday, according to a statement from the Health Ministry read out on television. This is the first Ebola case in Mali and may

  • As Ebola reaches New York, what you need to know

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that a doctor in New York has been diagnosed with Ebola, health officials are once again stressing that the virus poses little risk in the U.S. Some questions and answers about Ebola: WHAT IS EBOLA? Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a rare and deadly disease caused by a virus that is believed to have originated in African bats. Symptoms can start with fever, muscle pain and weakness, and progress to bleeding, vomiting, and severe diarrhea that can lead to organ failure and death. There have been dozens of small outbreaks since the illness was first identified in 1976, but largest Ebola epidemic in history broke out this year in West Africa and so far has killed more than 4,800 people there.

  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits. After all, when Amazon.com filed for its IPO 17 years ago, it was very clear: the company would post losses for the "foreseeable future" while it invested in the business to drive bigger and bigger sales. Stockholders seemed to like playing Bezos' long game: shares more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2014 to over

  • US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe's economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get back to basics. Wall Street is in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, when companies report their quarterly results. Ultimately what drives stock prices higher is the potential for a company to earn more, so higher profits generally mean higher stock prices.

  • No impact from Ebola pledges yet, says Doctors Without Borders

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The medical charity has been at the forefront of treating the disease in West Africa, and says it is "reaching its limit."

  • Judge stops New Jersey from allowing sports betting after request from pro leagues, NCAA

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Judge stops New Jersey from allowing sports betting after request from pro leagues, NCAA.

  • Students: Nixing football sends no-hazing message

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    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at a suburban Philadelphia high school say officials have sent a strong anti-hazing message by canceling the rest of the football season. But teens at Central Bucks High School West differ on whether the punishment is appropriate. The community missed its annual pep rally and homecoming game Friday against a crosstown rival. District Superintendent David Weitzel announced Thursday that he was scratching the remainder of the season after allegations surfaced of humiliating pre-season rituals. On Friday, Weitzel said he wouldn't discuss the issue again until a community meeting next week. A high school in Sayreville, New Jersey, canceled its football season earlier this month for si

  • US official: Auto safety agency under review

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches. A special Transportation Department team is examining whether "we have the dial set correctly on risk management and our safety posture in general" throughout the department, especially at the safety administration, said the official, who asked that he not be named as a condition of briefing reporters. The safety agency is part of th

  • Report: No escape charges for Ohio school shooter

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    LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor has decided against filing charges against convicted high school shooter T.J. Lane for escaping prison because he doesn't want to give Lane another chance to anger the victims' families. The Lima News (http://bit.ly/1t95nww ) reported Friday that the Allen County prosecutor talked with the families of the three students killed in the 2012 school shooting near Cleveland before deciding not to charge the 20-year-old Lane. He was serving life in prison when he and two others scaled a prison fence in September. They were captured hours later. Lane had made an obscene gesture and cursed at the victims' families last year at his sentencing hearing while wearing a T-shirt with "killer" sc

  • Boston mayor vetoes $20,000 city council pay raise

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    BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Martin Walsh vetoed a $20,000 pay raise for Boston city councilors Friday, saying he wanted an independent analysis of how much the elected body should be paid. The council voted 9-4 on Oct. 8 to raise its annual pay from $87,500 to $107,500, a nearly 23 percent increase, effective January 2016. It would have been the first salary hike for councilors since 2006. Kate Norton, a spokeswoman for Walsh, said he was seeking further analysis to determine how much of a pay raise was warranted. The mayor planned to appoint five members to a compensation advisory board and will ask the panel to make salary recommendations within 90 days, Norton said. The board currently exists but has been dormant for

  • Sheriff's spokeswomen say assailant shoots 3 deputies and civilian in 2 California counties

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's spokeswomen say assailant shoots 3 deputies and civilian in 2 California counties.

  • Groups have concerns with 3 Entergy nukes

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Nuclear watchdog groups said Friday that Entergy Corp. is trying to cut costs at reactors it owns in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, and may be placing safety in jeopardy as a result. The company replied that it has kept safety a paramount concern, but that it will comply with any new requirements placed on it by federal regulators resulting from the complaints from the groups. "Running an aging nuclear reactor is already risky business," said Jessica Azulay, program director of the Syracuse, New York-based Alliance for a Green Economy. "But running an aging nuclear reactor on the cheap — that's just beyond irresponsible.

  • Ford and Amazon are big market movers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Ford Motor Co., down 62 cents to $13.78 The automaker reported a drop in quarterly profit, mainly on costs associated with launching its new F-150 pickup truck. The Procter & Gamble Co., up $1.93 to $85.16 The consumer products company matched Wall Street's profit expectations and said it will make Duracell a stand-alone company. Pandora Media Inc., down $3.12 to $20 The Internet radio service's quarterly results beat Wall Street forecasts, but its listener growth fell short of expectations. Juniper Networks Inc., down $1.