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Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:22pm

A medical device company in which Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

China's economic growth rises to 6.8 percent in last quarter of 2016; full-year growth 6.7 percent, weakest since 1990

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:01pm

China's economic growth rises to 6.8 percent in last quarter of 2016; full-year growth 6.7 percent, weakest since 1990.

Facebook CEO trying to buy out land near his Hawaii estate

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:51pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to court to gain ownership of isolated pockets of land tucked away within his sprawling estate in Hawaii, many of which are less than an acre and could be split between hundreds of owners in a situation unique to the islands.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:50pm

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner in dumping case

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:50pm

A sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for an Alaska man who was found guilty of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from a converted crabbing boat he was operating as a floating strip club.

The Latest: Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:50pm

The Latest on sentencing of Alaska floating strip club owner in waste dumping case (all times local):

Yellen says Fed following prudent course on rates

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:50pm

While unemployment has fallen significantly and inflation is starting to tick higher, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday she does not believe that the central bank has fallen behind the curve and needs to start pushing interest rates up more quickly.

Western Union agrees to pay $586 million for fraud victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:46pm

Western Union has agreed to pay $586 million to the U.S. government to pay back victims of fraud that the money transfer company failed to protect.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:41pm

With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

Las Vegas Sands paying $7M to settle corrupt practices probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:41pm

U.S. authorities say billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to settle a foreign corrupt practices investigation of the firm's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China.

Washington among states that face deadline on REAL ID

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:31pm

Last month, signs started popping up at airports nationwide warning travelers that unless their driver's licenses are from states already in compliance with federal identification requirements or states with a limited extension, they'll need additional documentation to board domestic flights starting in January 2018.

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:21pm

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

Feds reject Idaho utility's bid to negate Oregon fish law

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:04pm

Federal authorities on Thursday rejected a request by an Idaho utility to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon.

Ex-portfolio manager convicted of securities fraud charges

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:00pm

A former portfolio manager at an asset management firm was convicted of securities and wire fraud charges on Thursday.

Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71

Jake Pearson and Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died Thursday at age 71.

In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act.

Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20pm

Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions, asset disclosure

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20pm

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick as Treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing Thursday over his handling of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and his failure to initially disclose to the committee nearly $100 million in assets and interests in a Cayman Islands corporation.

BNSF identifies 2 railroad workers killed in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:11pm

BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota.