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Group funded by Coke to fight obesity disbanding

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:41am

A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the group.

Rudder problem, pilot actions led to Indonesia AirAsia crash

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:24am

A rudder control system problem that had occurred nearly two dozen times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said Tuesday.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed in cash-strapped Zimbabwe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 5:40am

Thousands of people lined Harare's roads and welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose visit has raised hopes that China will help stabilize Zimbabwe's faltering economy.

US construction spending rises to highest level in 8 years

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:30am

U.S. construction spending jumped in October, fueled by solid gains in home building and the largest increase in federal construction in nine years.

US factory activity drops in Nov.; first decline in 3 years

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:20am

U.S. factory activity fell last month, as the stronger dollar and low oil prices are cutting new orders and hurting production.

US construction spending jumps to 8-year high, lifted by home building, federal government

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:11am

US construction spending jumps to 8-year high, lifted by home building, federal government.

Justices end Californian's lawsuit against Austrian railway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:11am

A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled against a California woman who wanted to use American courts to sue the state-owned Austrian railway for grievous injuries she suffered while boarding a train in Innsbruck, Austria.

Puerto Rico faces $355M debt payment amid economic crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:00am

Puerto Rico's heavily indebted government has until midnight to address a multimillion-dollar bond payment that is key to the U.S. territory's economic future.

House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:00am

Lawmakers are talking about requiring a search warrant for the government to obtain copies of a person's old emails.

Volkswagen to appeal ruling allowing 'micro' union at plant

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:30am

Volkswagen is informing workers at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga that it is appealing a decision to allow the United Auto Workers to seek collective bargaining rights for a small group of skilled workers.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:50am

Three people have been arrested in Idaho in connection with the abduction and assault of a woman found walking along a highway bound in duct tape. The Kootenai Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Wednesday night about a woman walking along Highway 53. Deputies have arrested Angela Frisby, Travis Anderson and Lilly Johnson, all of Coeur d'Alene, on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.

Fiat Chrysler sales up in what could be a record November

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:40am

Fiat Chrysler's sales rose 3 percent last month in what could be a record November for U.S. auto sales.

Texas firm paying more than $3M to settle kickback claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:20am

A Texas company that operates nursing care facilities will pay nearly $3.2 million to settle allegations of receiving kickbacks from ambulance companies.

Protesters object to plan to take UNC Book Store private

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10am

A proposal that could privatize the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's bookstore is being protested by students, professors and some state workers.

China factory index at 3-year low, services improve

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:50am

Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved, according to an official survey released Tuesday.

German unemployment remains steady in November at 6 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:30am

Germany's unemployment rate remained at 6 percent in November, as the labor market in Europe's biggest economy remained strong.

Georgia arrests 4 for suspected Islamic State ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:10am

Georgian security services have announced the arrest of four men suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group.

UK panel: Heathrow plans must address air quality issues

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:01am

Britain's government should not give the go-ahead for the expansion of Heathrow airport until its officials can show they will comply with air quality, noise and other environmental concerns, a parliamentary committee report said Tuesday.

Eurozone unemployment rate falls to near 4-year low

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:00am

Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone economy has fallen to its lowest level in nearly four years, official figures showed Tuesday, in another positive sign for an economic region that has struggled to get people back to work for years.