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The Latest: Perry regrets saying cut Energy Department

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:41am

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Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:31am

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US stock indexes still treading water; bond yields climb

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:31am

Railroad stocks chugged higher in early trading Thursday, but drops for utilities and other companies that pay big dividends meant U.S. stock indexes were treading water once again. Treasury yields continued their march higher.

Hotelier Schrager says pardon by Obama will bring closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:31am

Hotelier and real estate developer Ian Schrager says his presidential pardon will bring important closure for him and his family.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:31am

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Utah 1 of 13 states suing to block Obama coal mining rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:30am

Texas and 12 other states, including Utah, have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

Saudi Arabia says another OPEC cut possible in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:25am

Saudi Arabia's energy minister says there's a chance of another production cut from OPEC countries this year.

US jobless claims hit lowest level in more than 43 years

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21am

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than 43 years, another sign that most American workers enjoy job security.

Perry says he regrets call to eliminate Energy Department

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:12am

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function.

Lawmaker fires aide behind fake new site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging.

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans.

Aviation deal: Safran to buy Zodiac in $9 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:00am

Aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion euros ($9.1 billion).

Capitol renovation lawsuit dismissed by Cheyenne judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:00am

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit contesting a $300 million project to renovate the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne.

Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA

Jonathan Lemire and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:52am

Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

Q&A: Denver law will allow pot in public, details up in air

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:50am

Denver has started work on the nation's first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver:

Former CP CEO teaming with investor to target CSX railroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:40am

The executive who orchestrated the financial turnaround of Canadian Pacific railroad over the past five years is teaming up with an activist investor to target CSX railroad.

How to dig out from December's debt

Bev O'Shea, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:40am

right up until your credit card bills arrive.

US home construction jumps, led by more apartment building

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:30am

U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged.