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In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The U.S. is on track for the lowest annual average gas price since 2010 _ and the 2015 average is expected to be lower even still. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Gas falling under $3 nationwide: What to know

- Associated Press

The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon.

Bob Mueller, 60, center background, leads his family in a prayer before they eat dinner. (Associated Press)

Family finances hit by divorce, other factors

- The Washington Times

Wage stagnation and rising income inequality — two features of the current recovery that have puzzled both policymakers and analysts — may reflect not economic factors, but a vast change over the decades in the structure of the American family, in particular the decline in the number of married-parent families, according to a new study.

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Workers comp agency sets goals for investigators

Associated Press

Ohio's injured worker insurance fund sets goals for the number of fraud cases its investigators should refer for prosecution annually - an arrangement some former employees say encourages the pursuit of innocent people, an Ohio TV news investigation has found.

Voters to decide North Dakota pharmacy ownership

- Associated Press

On Election Day, North Dakota voters will have the chance to do what state lawmakers and the nation's highest court declined to do - reverse a half-century-old law requiring pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists.

Panel backs letting riverboats casino move to land

Associated Press

Indiana's riverboat casinos would be allowed to move to on-land sites and the state's horse track casinos could have live dealers run table games under recommendations from a legislative committee.

Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune

- Associated Press

The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs to Tribune Publishing Co., casting the sale as an effort to more forcefully move into digital media.

Obama speaks on economy at Rhode Island College

Associated Press

Federal and state officials say they're thrilled President Barack Obama is holding up Rhode Island's paid family leave legislation as a model for other states.

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

- Associated Press

When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

President Barack Obama jokes about Halloween costumes before beginning a roundtable discussion on women's economic issues, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

- Associated Press

With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."

Reproductive-rights group asks court to block law

- Associated Press

An attorney for a Norman abortion provider told an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Friday that he will have to close his practice next week unless the court blocks a law that takes effect Saturday requiring abortion providers to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed.

Ernst bus hits deer in southern Iowa

Associated Press

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst had to send her campaign bus for repairs this week after it hit a deer in southeast Iowa.

Gov. Scott distances himself from state scandals

- Associated Press

As Florida slowly recovers from the Great Recession, Gov. Rick Scott has asked voters to judge him on his handling of the state's economy and his ability to bring jobs to the Sunshine State.

Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead

- Associated Press

Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., face off during a televised debate at 9News in Denver. As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues

- Associated Press

As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.

Company starts using new gas pipeline in Arizona

Associated Press

Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners says it has begun using a new 60-mile-long pipeline in southern Arizona to send natural gas from existing lines near Tucson to Mexico.

City: No active fault under Hollywood project site

Associated Press

Los Angeles building officials have signed off on geologist reports that found no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story residential-office development in Hollywood.