President Barack Obama on Friday strongly condemned the "brutal murder" of a British hostage by the Islamic State group.
JetBlue Airways says it will begin flying nonstop between Las Vegas and San Francisco starting in January.
A hazardous-materials crew on Friday decontaminated the Texas apartment where an Ebola patient was staying when he got sick, while public-health officials cut by half the number of people being monitored for any symptoms of the deadly disease.
An aerial tour company says a bird has slammed into the windshield of a helicopter and forced it to make an emergency landing in New York City.
A retail theft ring that involved hundreds of items stolen from four Wal-Marts and sold on eBay has been broken up, state police said Friday.
Federal environmental officials spurred North Carolina regulators to reverse a policy allowing Duke Energy to drain massive amounts of polluted wastewater from its coal ash dumps directly into the state's rivers and lakes, according to documents.
State and federal wildlife officials are resorting to installing giant water chillers in some of California's fish hatcheries, as drought, over-allocation of water and climate change all combine this year to make temperatures too warm for some baby salmon and other fish to survive.
Another Utah ski resort has been sold.
Separate brands of children's hooded sweatshirts that pose a strangulation hazard and children's sneakers with a piece that poses a choking hazard are among this week's recalled consumer products.
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Shares of some top telecom companies were up at the close of trading: AT&T Inc. rose $.39 or 1.1 percent, to $35.36.
Shares of some top supermarkets companies were up at the close of trading: Kroger rose $1.38 or 2.7 percent, to $52.88.
Shares of some top restaurant companies were up at the close of trading: Brinker International Inc. rose $1.65 or 3.2 percent, to $53.00.
Shares of some top silver companies were down at the close of trading: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.14 or 5.4 percent, to $2.45.
Shares of some top specialty retail companies were up at the close of trading: Autozone Inc. rose $4.81 or .9 percent, to $518.11.
Shares of some top staffing companies were up at the close of trading: Kelly Services Inc. class A rose $.30 or 1.9 percent, to $15.85.
Shares of some top department store retail companies were up at the close of trading: Kohl's Corp. rose $.64 or 1.1 percent, to $61.47.