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As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Tim Reynolds and Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:59pm

LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans on social media have criticized the outspoken superstar, questioning the motivation of James' comments.

New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:55pm

and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries.

Missouri appeals court overturns $110 million talc verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:36pm

A Missouri appeals court has overturned a $110 million verdict in a case alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder caused a Virginia woman's ovarian cancer.

Turkish bank charged with evading US sanctions on Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:34pm

A major Turkish bank has been criminally charged in an indictment with participating in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Nielsen's top programs for Oct. 7-13

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:32pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 7-13. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

MGM Resorts sells Circus Circus, Bellagio on Las Vegas Strip

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:26pm

MGM Resorts International announced the sale Tuesday of two casinos that will significantly alter its portfolio of Las Vegas Strip properties and offer up cash.

The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:22pm

The Latest on Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (all times local):

Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:22pm

ABC's sophomore drama "A Million Little Things," reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" have something in common that they can take pride in.

Feds propose opening biggest national forest to logging

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:11pm

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country's largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas.

Andrew Yang's 'freedom dividend' echoes a 1930s basic income proposal that reshaped Social Security

Edwin Amenta, Irvine, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 3:00pm

just as seniors today owe a forgotten Californian doctor with a catchy idea.

Formosa Plastics agrees to pay $50M for Texas Gulf pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:59pm

Formosa Plastics Corp. has agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations that a company plant in Texas spilled tons of pellets into waterways near the Gulf of Mexico.

Rapper, actor Ludacris now resident artist at Georgia State

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:54pm

Rapper, actor and entrepreneur Chris "Ludacris" Bridges can add artist-in-residence to his resume as he takes on the position at Georgia State University.

Mysterious fire burned in soil at California gas facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:45pm

A California utility is trying to find the source of a small ground fire at its large natural gas storage facility.

Judge says he miscalculated award by $107M in opioid case

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:35pm

An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday acknowledged making a nearly $107 million miscalculation in determining how much drug maker Johnson & Johnson must pay the state to help address the state's opioid crisis.

Trump's lawyers ready for Supreme Court in tax record fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 2:20pm

President Donald Trump's lawyers are saying they'll immediately go to the Supreme Court if an appeals court in New York says his tax returns can be released to state prosecutors.

Lou Frey, congressman from central Florida, dies at age 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 1:46pm

Lou Frey, a Republican congressman who represented central Florida in the 1970s, has died. He was 85.

Voya Honors San Antonio Teacher with Second-Place Unsung Heroes Program Award

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 1:30pm

bringing his total financial award to $12,000. This money will be used to help bring “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” to life at Earl Warren High School.

New Jersey breaks its monthly sports betting record

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 1:21pm

Gamblers wagered a record-breaking $445 million on sports in New Jersey in September, the largest monthly total in the state since legal sports betting began in June 2018.

Nevada gambling bosses move to bar Wynn from casino industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 15th - 12:58pm

Nevada's gambling regulators have filed a complaint against former casino magnate Steve Wynn that could bar him from ever working in the industry in the state.