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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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State to face projected $62.6M budget shortfall

- Associated Press

Nebraska's tax revenue will grow at about 5 percent a year over the next few years, but senators will still face a projected $62.6 million shortfall in their next two-year budget, based on legislative estimates updated on Friday.

Federal agency releases Arctic drilling review

- Associated Press

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday released a revised environmental review of proposed petroleum development in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, a step that could lead to a resumption of Arctic Ocean drilling in 2015.

FILE - In this combo of file and handout photos, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, left, speaks to a group of county officials from the region and media about voting, April 18, 2013 in LaPorte, Ind. and Democratic candidate Beth White, right, is seen. Lawson faces challenger, White, in the 2014 election for Indiana Secretary of State. (AP Photo, file)

Tight battle expected in secretary of state race

- Associated Press

As candidates head into the final weekend of the 2014 campaign cycle, Democrats and Republicans were both closely focused on what they see as a surprisingly tight secretary of state's race.

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, Tate George, former NBA basketball player and the CEO of purported real estate development firm The George Group, leaves federal court in Newark, N.J. George has been jailed since his conviction last fall on four mail fraud counts. His motion to be released on bail was denied by U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Leslie Barbaro, File)

Judge denies former NBA player's fraud appeal

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday rejected jailed former NBA player Tate George's appeal of his 2013 fraud conviction, ruling that the government provided ample evidence for a jury to find him guilty of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.

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.

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, a hazardous material cleaner removes a blue barrel from the apartment in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed. The apartment contents were incinerated but nearly a month later, the ashes sit in limbo at a facility in Port Arthur, Texas, as Louisiana officials fight to keep it out of a landfill there.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Ashes from Ebola victim's apartment in limbo

- Associated Press

It took a crew 38 hours to clear out the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before he was diagnosed Sept. 30 with Ebola. Hazmat suit-clad workers piled shoes, carpets, mattresses, bed sheets, clothes and kids' backpacks into 140 55-gallon drums. Only a few items were salvaged: a computer hard drive, legal documents, family photos, an old Bible belonging to Duncan's grandmother.

Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

Associated Press

Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago.

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.

Nissan recalls Infiniti SUVs to fix air bags

- Associated Press

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

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.

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run

- Associated Press

A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

Obama talks women, economy at Rhode Island College

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama touted Rhode Island's family leave policy in a speech on the economy and women Friday before giving Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo some last-minute support.

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.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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.

AIG to pay NY $35M to settle licensing allegations

Associated Press

Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state.

3 California counties voting on fracking bans

- Associated Press

Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.