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Asian markets mixed ahead of Trump's inauguration

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:31pm

Asian markets were mixed in cautious trading Friday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. China's report that its economy grew at a 6.8 percent pace in October-December was in line with expectations.

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

Jonathan Lemire and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:46pm

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."

After oath, Trump faces ambitious Day 1 to-do list

Ken Thomas and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:31pm

Donald Trump campaigned on a detailed and extensive to-do list for his first day in office. A day before his swearing-in, his team was being coy about when and how he plans to cross items off it.

Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21pm

Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire.

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

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:51pm

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to U.S. authorities to end a more than five-year corrupt practices investigation of the firm's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China, company and federal officials said Thursday.

Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:41pm

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.

Alaska opens trade, pipeline office in Tokyo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:31pm

The state of Alaska has opened an office in Tokyo to help promote trade and advance a long hoped-for natural gas pipeline project.

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 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.

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.