NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street, keeping a September rally alive. Trading is light heading into the weekend, with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur starting at sundown. September has been very strong for stocks so far. The Dow is up 3.6 percent this month and the S&P 500 is up 3.3 percent.
- President Barack Obama is meeting with union leaders at the White House to discuss labor's growing concerns about the new health care law. The AFL-CIO says the law could drive up the cost of union-sponsored health plans, encouraging some employers to drop coverage. Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges but the White House says the law doesn't allow it.
- Bayer confirms that it's being investigated in China for possible unfair competition, making it the latest foreign drug maker to come under scrutiny in the country. The German pharmaceutical giant says it's cooperating with Chinese authorities in the investigation after industry and commerce regulators visited a Bayer office at the end of August. It didn't provide further details but said it would investigate any allegations thoroughly and take proper action.
- Dozens of JetBlue Airways flights have been delayed after a computer failure this morning limited the airline's ability to dispatch planes. The system was restored by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time but the airline warned that delays would persist throughout the day. The airline blamed "IT network connectivity issues" but did not elaborate.
- Starting today, passengers who fail to cancel bookings on Southwest face loss of the ticket's value if they don't show up. Customers who buy nonrefundable tickets must cancel at least 10 minutes before scheduled departure or forfeit the ticket's value. The move is meant to avoid flying with empty seats that could have been sold to somebody else. Unlike most big airlines, Southwest still lets passengers change nonrefundable tickets ahead of time without penalty.
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