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The Latest: Pence shrugs off questions on Taiwan call

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:50am

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):

Authorities to conditionally move from bridge near protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:00am

North Dakota authorities have said they'll move away from a key bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp by Sunday afternoon if demonstrators agree to certain conditions.

Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 6:40am

A Frenchman whose wife and two of his three children were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 said Sunday that he was still trying to find out what happened to the aircraft partly as a way of dealing with the emotional cost of his loss.

Inauguration to draw those ready to celebrate, commiserate

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 6:30am

One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate.

Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 5:51am

President-elect Donald Trump is threatening heavy taxes as retribution for U.S. companies that move their business operations overseas and still try to sell their product to Americans.

Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery

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

A French man whose wife and two of his three children were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 says he is still trying to find out what happened to the aircraft partly as a way of dealing with the emotional pain of his loss.

German finance minister holds out against Greek debt cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 3:50am

Germany's finance minister is underlining his opposition to a debt cut for Greece and urging Athens to push ahead with reforms before a meeting with his eurozone counterparts.

Iran's president submits proposed budget to parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 2:20am

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $83 billion budget bill to parliament for the next fiscal year, beginning in March.

Fidel Castro's final resting spot shrouded in mystery

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:11pm

About a year ago, trucks full of building materials began arriving at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. On Saturday, a white cloth was draped over a new structure near the mausoleum for Cuban independence leader Jose Marti.

Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:31pm

Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported.

Timeline of China-Taiwan relations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:01pm

China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. The status of Taiwan became an issue this weekend after President-elect Donald Trump broke with long-standing tradition and directly spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, drawing an irritated response from China.

OPEC agrees to cut output in bid to push up oil price

George Jahn and Kiyoko Metzler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:53pm

Breaking with years of inaction, OPEC agreed Wednesday to cut its oil output for the first time since 2008. The move effectively scraps its strategy of squeezing U.S. competition through high supply that had backfired by lowering prices and draining the cartel's own economies.

Wal-Mart where 3 died when truck hit store to reopen Sunday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:40pm

The Iowa Wal-Mart where three people died after a pickup truck crashed into the store plans to reopen on Sunday.

Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20pm

Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the Colorado as the vessel prepares to join a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019.

Woman talked on phone with rescuers after building collapsed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:11pm

The 22-year-old woman who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in South Dakota was on the phone with rescuers and her parents for hours and she provided crucial information as they tried to find her.

Keys, lightbulbs tied to Thomas Edison sell at auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:01pm

Keys to the New Jersey lab where Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and some of the lightbulbs that he perfected sold for more than $60,000 at auction on Saturday.

Biggest union reaches deal with California government

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:51pm

California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

As transit fares soar, NYC advocates push for discounts

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:32pm

For most New Yorkers, subways and buses are necessities of city living that fall right behind food, clothing and shelter. But with the price of 30-day MetroCard transit pass at $116.50, and possibly primed to rise as high as $121, they're also on the verge of becoming unaffordable for the 1.7 million city residents living in poverty.

Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:12pm

The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis.