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Northeast Ohio gas pipeline opponents vow to delay project

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:30am

Northeast Ohio residents who have tried to get a natural gas pipeline moved away from their communities are vowing to engage in delay tactics after a federal agency dismissed their suggested alternate routes.

What the 114th Congress did and didn't do

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:10am

Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3.

ConAgra to finalize plea deal in tainted peanut butter case

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:10am

ConAgra is heading to court to finalize an $11.2 million plea deal in a federal criminal case stemming from a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds who ate tainted Peter Pan peanut butter.

Oil cartel seeks output cutbacks by non-member countries

Kiyoko Metzler and Philipp-Moritz Jenne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:10am

OPEC member states are meeting with Russia and other non-OPEC countries in Vienna for talks about a reduction in oil production.

Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer

Marcela Isaza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:10am

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show.

Greek ferry workers end 9-day strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:30am

Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers.

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 1:30am

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 12:41am

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 12:41am

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences.

Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:21pm

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:20pm

The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:20pm

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

Senate backs stopgap spending bill, averts government shutdown before midnight deadline; legislation heads to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:21pm

Senate backs stopgap spending bill, averts government shutdown before midnight deadline; legislation heads to Obama.

Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:01pm

A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.

Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:41pm

A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:31pm

Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20pm

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea.

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Eileen Sullivan, Chad Day and Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:34pm

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware.

Federal regulators decline to reconsider Oregon pipeline

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:23pm

Federal regulators on Friday refused to reconsider a 230-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline that would have terminated in the southern Oregon coastal town of Coos Bay, handing a serious setback to a multi-billion project to deliver the gas to markets in Asia.