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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo traders Ashley Lara and John Santiago confer as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 16, 2019 - 12:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks erased an early loss and were little changed in midday trading Wednesday. A potential settlement in the opioid epidemic involving some of the nation's largest drug distributors lifted the health care sector. Homebuilders benefited from a surprisingly good survey on sales...
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A tank burns as fire breaks out at a refinery in Crockett, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. A fire burning at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency that led authorities to order the residents of two communities to shelter in place and stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said that an hour into battling the blaze, firefighters seemed to be making progress and were continuing to keep adjacent tanks cooled with water. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 11:48 am
CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...
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October 16, 2019 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody after flying Wednesday to Kennedy Airport in New York City to turn himself in, federal authorities said. David Correia, 44, was named in an indictment with two Giuliani...
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October 16, 2019 - 11:24 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are putting a temporary stop to most construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline amid litigation over key project permits. An official with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Mountain Valley on Tuesday that it must cease construction activity...
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Red paint covers a statue of Christopher Columbus on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Providence, R.I., after it was vandalized on the day named to honor him as one of the first Europeans to reach the New World. The statue has been the target of vandals on Columbus Day in the past. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
October 16, 2019 - 11:19 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing. Democrat Katherine Kerwin told WPRO radio on Wednesday that she thinks the statue should be removed and that healthy civil disobedience is good for society...
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at Chicago City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Lightfoot said classes would be canceled Thursday after determining that she can't accept the Chicago Teachers Union's demands, which she says would cost the city $2.5 billion it can't afford. Talks are expected to continue Wednesday. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 11:03 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor announced on Wednesday that the city's public schools will be shut down on Thursday, one day ahead of an expected teachers' strike. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union would...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia. Federal investigators say an aging, failed elbow pipe appears to be the cause of the June fire and subsequent explosions that left five people with minor injuries and destroyed part of the processing unit at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a preliminary report Wednesday, Oct. 16 on findings from the June 21 explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 16, 2019 - 10:51 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board released...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, narcotics detective Ben Hill, with the Barberton Police Department, shows two bags of medications that are are stored in their headquarters and slated for destruction in Barberton, Ohio. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the first federal trial over the nation's opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 16, 2019 - 10:29 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jury selection began Wednesday in the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic despite a last-minute request from lawyers to delay it because of news reports on a settlement offer. Two Ohio counties claim drug companies that made, distributed and sold prescription painkillers...
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This 2018 photo provided by David Kuhn shows Scotty Bowers. Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. (David Kuhn via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 8:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural...
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October 16, 2019 - 7:12 am
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey-based group of former A-list session musicians that has toured together since 2012 is receiving an award. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is giving The Hit Men its "Road Warrior" award later this month. The group will play a concert in...
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