Speaking to NBC's Ann Curry, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Islamic State militants should feel "shame" over the beheading of innocent people. Rouhani also slammed the U.S.-led coalition to battle the militants.» Read More
ALBANY, N.Y.— New York is establishing a new commission to support employment of disabled workers. Andrew Cuomo creates the Employment First Commission whose task is to create a state policy for support services that puts competitive, integrated employment first among options.
Charles Schumer is calling for a so-called "bill of rights" for victims of Social Security identity theft. The New York Democrat said Wednesday that he's pushing legislation that would enhance the penalties for thieves who use a person's Social Security number without their consent.
ALBANY, N.Y.— Benefits for the unemployed are set to go up in New York. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the minimum weekly rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum weekly rate will increase from $405 to $420. The state labor department says New York's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July.
*Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.
BEIJING— Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.
Sept 18- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering.
NEW YORK— Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting— but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4 s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others have difficulties using iOS 8 with slower processors. Some of the new features won't be available on those three-year-old devices anyway.
NEW YORK— The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too.
WASHINGTON— The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs, new census data show. Philadelphia posted the largest income drop among large metro areas outside the Sun Belt, a sign of its persistently weak job market.
WASHINGTON— Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. "Borrowers should see the writing on the wall," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.
Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.
Sept 17- California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.
VANCOUVER, Sept 17- The Supreme Court of British Columbia has rejected a local municipality's bid for a temporary injunction to stop survey work for an oil pipeline expansion project proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 17- Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's new chief restructuring officer Lisa Donahue said on Wednesday that she is confident of developing a restructuring plan that will have the support of all stakeholders at the embattled government power utility.
NEW YORK— Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. Once a user has an Amazon device they are more likely to shell out for Amazon's $99- annual Prime loyalty club as well as buy movies, books and apps from the retailer. The devices with a 6- inch screen start at $99, while the 7- inch screen starts at $139, down from $154.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Amazon.com Inc ramped up its push into hardware on Wednesday with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. Amazon also upgraded its 7- inch and 8.9 inch Fire tablets.
CHICAGO— Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.
Sept 17- California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies, but the regulations come at a far lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.
DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 17- Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.