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Asian shares mixed, Japan's Nikkei gains on weaker yen

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:42pm

Shares were meandering in sluggish trading in Asia on Thursday as investors awaited the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Japan's benchmark rose after the dollar slipped against the yen.

Electric vehicle charging stations planned for Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:21pm

State leaders have announced plans to add electric vehicle charging stations along 1,500 miles of highway running through Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA

Jonathan Lemire and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:21pm

President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced.

Appeals court rejects Chicago gun-range restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:11pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation of gun ranges in the city.

American Humane investigating treatment of dog in film

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:11pm

The organization that ensures animal safety in film and television productions said Wednesday it is investigating whether a frightened dog was forced into churning water during the making of "A Dog's Purpose."

Court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:02pm

A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea's most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggernaut, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea's president.

Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:51pm

Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:51pm

Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged.

California withdraws immigrant health care request

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:21pm

California officials on Wednesday withdrew their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can't prove they're legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

The Latest: Ex-fire chief: Audit into spending is one-sided

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:11pm

The Latest on an audit that found two former top officials with Salt Lake County's firefighting agency may have violated state employee ethics laws (all times local):

Kansas legislators leery of budget fix yet moving toward it

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:21pm

Kansas legislators on Wednesday slammed Gov. Sam Brownback's accounting move to mask a hole in the state budget, then signaled they may approve it anyway.

Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:51pm

Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service.

Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:21pm

Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month.

Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals that could allow the first turbines to go up as soon as next year.

The Latest: Florida Rep. Rutherford still in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:42pm

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The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

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JPMorgan settles mortgage discrimination lawsuit

Ken Sweet and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

How to improve your sex life without breaking the bank

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:32pm

For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty.

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:32pm

In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups.