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September 30, 2015 - 9:43am
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DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling some older Windstar minivans to because a previous rear-axle recall repair might not work.

The recall covers about 342,000 vans from 1998 through 2003. The company says the Windstars were recalled previously due to axle cracks that could grow and lead to complete failure and a crash.

They're being recalled again because a reinforcement bracket from the first recall could have been installed incorrectly. The bracket...

September 30, 2015 - 9:41am
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening sharply higher following big gains in Asia and Europe.

Several stocks were moving on corporate news in early trading Wednesday.

Ralph Lauren jumped 13 percent after the company named a new CEO to replace the company's founder. The stock is still down sharply for the year.

Chesapeake Energy rose 3 percent after announcing that it would cut 15 percent of its workforce.


September 30, 2015 - 9:36am
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DETROIT (AP) — It appears that United Auto Workers union members have voted down a four-year contract deal with Fiat Chrysler.

Members at large assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, rejected the pact in voting Tuesday.

Most other factories also turned down the contract. A final vote total could be announced later Wednesday after balloting ends at a factory in Belvidere, Illinois.

Plant-level union...

September 30, 2015 - 9:15am
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with abducting a 15-year-old boy and shocking him with jumper cables to get information about a robbery.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that 58-year-old Robert McDowell of Wichita was charged Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal threat in the attack early Sunday.

It's not clear if McDowell has an attorney to comment on the charges...

September 30, 2015 - 9:12am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods says it will stop selling products made by a prison labor program after a protest against the practice at one of its stores in Texas.

The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program since at least 2011.

Michael Allen, a prison reform advocate, said Whole Foods informed him of its change in...

September 30, 2015 - 9:03am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in New York say a woman charged this week with tossing her newborn daughter to her death from a seventh-story window had an infant son die seven years ago.

The Westchester County district attorney's office said Wednesday that authorities have reopened the investigation into the 2008 death of Jennifer Berry's 2 1/2-week-old son.

In that case, she brought the boy to a hospital at least once before he was found dead in a...

September 30, 2015 - 8:59am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — In a world flush with free information, some young people are still willing to shell out for news they read.

A new poll shows that 40 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-34 pay for some of the news they read, whether it's a print newspaper or a digital news app. Another 13 percent don't pay themselves but rely on someone else's subscription, according to the survey by Media Insight Project.

Yet that is not enough to keep traditional media...

September 30, 2015 - 8:56am
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UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart over the death of a driver he ran over during a race will remain in central New York.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) the judge rejected a request from Stewart's lawyers to have the case transferred from Utica to Rochester.

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. is suing Stewart over the August 2014 crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park...

September 30, 2015 - 8:54am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. defense official tells The Associated Press that Russia has launched airstrikes in Syria.

The move follows a unanimous vote by Russian lawmakers to allow President Vladimir Putin to order airstrikes in Syria, where Russia has deployed fighter jets and other weapons in recent weeks.

The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the airstrikes publicly, said they were...

September 30, 2015 - 8:50am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Police hope a farm device used to feed cattle will help corral a cow that has been on the loose for months in a central New York town.

Officers in New Hartford have put feed in a headlock feeder and placed the device along a road outside Utica where the rogue cow has been spotted. Headlock feeders have locking mechanisms that trap a cow's head while it's feeding.

Police tell the Utica Observer-Dispatch (

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