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Moscow: Russian plane crash complicates Syria talks

Suzan Fraser and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:01am

Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border has put a strain on the peace talks for Syria as well as fraying previously warm bilateral ties, Russia's foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

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.

Jurors deliberate 7th day in ex-coal CEO Blankenship trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 9:02am

Jurors have begun their seventh full day of deliberations in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 9:02am

Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Brazil's economic downturn deepens with further GDP drop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 9:02am

Brazil's government says Latin America's largest economy has shrunk even more than expected.

House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 9:01am

Lawmakers are considering making it harder for government investigators to get copies of people's old emails.

Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:50am

A bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C infection put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000-per-pill cure.

Court to hear arguments in Oklahoma education tax initiative

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:30am

The full Oklahoma Supreme Court wants to hear arguments in a challenge to an initiative petition for a public vote on a penny sales tax for education.

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 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.

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.