Obama to look for new gun measures, says 'talk' is main tool

Friday, 02 October 2015 18:58 Written by
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama said on Friday that he has asked his team to look for new ways to enforce existing regulations to keep guns away from criminals in the wake of the mass shooting in Oregon. But Obama admitted he had little power to craft tougher gun laws given the political clout wielded by the National Rifle Association, and vowed to elevate discussion about the "political dynamic" he said was the main obstacle to…
Stock Market Shakes off an Early Stumble, Ends Higher
Friday, 02 October 2015 18:24 Written by
A weak report on the U.S. jobs market sent the stock market sharply lower early Friday. U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in September and added fewer jobs in July and August than previously thought. The news shot government bond prices up, drove the dollar down and rattled stock markets in Europe. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 24 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,899, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time.
New Jersey transportation chief to resign
Friday, 02 October 2015 18:13 Written by
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday said his transportation commissioner Jamie Fox would step down by the end of the month to return to the private sector after only a year in the position. Fox was previously a lobbyist with airline company United Continental Holdings Inc. before Christie tapped him to be transportation czar in September 2014. Federal authorities are conducting a criminal probe into the previous relationship between United, during Fox's tenure there,…
UAW faces tough road to salvage failed contract
Friday, 02 October 2015 18:01 Written by
DETROIT/CHICAGO Mounting discontent among the United Auto Workers rank and file will complicate its leaders' bid to recover from the defeat of a proposed labor agreement with No. 3 U.S. automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, UAW members said Friday. UAW President Dennis Williams and its vice president for Fiat Chrysler, Norwood Jewell, told local union leaders during a meeting in Detroit Thursday evening that negotiators would convene Friday and approach the automaker, people familiar with…
Scottrade Says Hack May Have Affected 4.6M Customers
Friday, 02 October 2015 17:28 Written by
Online stock brokerage company Scottrade says the names and addresses of about 4.6 million of its customers may have been stolen by hackers. The company said Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently informed it of the hack, which occurred between the end of 2013 and early 2014. St. Louis-based Scottrade says that Social Security numbers, email addresses and other sensitive information was in the system that was hacked, but hackers focused on stealing…
Massachusetts priest who admitted child rape to be released from prison
Friday, 02 October 2015 17:00 Written by
BOSTON A former Massachusetts priest who figured prominently in the Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal and pleaded guilty in 2002 to raping a child will be released from prison after prosecutors dropped their effort on Friday to send him to a state facility for sexual predators. Ronald Paquin, who was defrocked in 2004, was one of the first arrested amid revelations that members of the Catholic clergy had sexually assaulted children and that bishops…
Missouri governor commutes death sentence for Kimber Edwards
Friday, 02 October 2015 17:00 Written by
Kimber Edwards, who was convicted of hiring someone to kill his ex-wife in 2000, had his death sentence commuted by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday, after a newspaper reported that the murderer now says he acted alone. Edwards had been scheduled to die on Tuesday for his involvement in the death of Kimberly Cantrell. In a statement, Nixon, a Democrat, said he was convinced that the evidence supports the decision to convict Edwards of…
Sprint and Bank of America Are Big Market Movers
Friday, 02 October 2015 16:42 Written by
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Sprint Corp. (S), up 20 cents to $4.25 The telecommunications and wireless company plans to cut jobs and $2.5 billion in costs, according to The Wall Street Journal. Bank of America Corp. (BAC), down 17 cents to $15.38 The bank's Merrill Lynch unit will face a shareholder lawsuit alleging a conflict of interest over its…
General Mills Finds Listeria in 2nd Batch of Green Beans
Friday, 02 October 2015 16:42 Written by
General Mills is recalling 60,000 bags of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for listeria, the second time this year the company has found the bacteria in its green beans. The Minneapolis-based food company says no illnesses have been reported in both cases. Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches and even death. The recall announced Friday is for 16-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm green beans with a "Better If Used…
El Paso school buildings locked down for about an hour, no one hurt
Friday, 02 October 2015 16:25 Written by
AUSTIN, Texas A lockdown has been ordered for a school area in El Paso, Texas, on Friday due to a suspected armed person on campus, a local school district said in a social media post, adding there have been no injuries reported. "Lock down orders have been issued for Canutillo High, Northwest Early College High and Canutillo Central Office at approximately 12:10 p.m. due to report of person with gun on EPCC campus. Everyone is…

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