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Stocks set more records as health care companies join rally

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

U.S. stocks are rising for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continue to set records. The largest gains are going to industries that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Banks, which have led that surge, are little changed.

Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations

Zeina Karam and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:24pm

Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government.

South Africa company to buy Stillwater Mining Co. for $2.2B

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:21pm

The company that owns Montana's largest mining complex announced Friday that it will be acquired by a South African company for $2.2 billion in a deal that requires U.S. government approval.

Story of Trump letting homeless woman live in hotel is false

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

The Trump Organization says there's no validity to a video in which a woman claims Republican President-elect Donald Trump has allowed her to stay at his New York hotel free of charge for nine years.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:11pm

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."

Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink.

Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder Friday in the brutal slaying of a worker at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens.

Dakota Access pipeline court battle to linger into new year

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

A federal court battle over whether the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline can finish the $3.8 billion project will linger at least into the first couple months of the new year.

Instagram finally lets users disable comments

Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:46pm

Instagram is giving its users the power to quiet the trolls in their feeds.

The Latest: Dakota Access protesters beginning to leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:32pm

The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):

Gov't: Takata air bag recalls to cover 42M cars when done

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:30pm

The U.S. government says automakers will end up recalling 42 million vehicles with potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.

New fleet of electric semi-trucks to be made in Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:11pm

A new truck manufacturing company is expected to soon start building electric-powered semi-trucks in Tennessee.

Ex-trader at Cantor Fitzgerald indicted on securities fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:00pm

A former trader for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has been indicted on securities fraud charges.

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:00pm

Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe's Sky

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:43am

Rupert Murdoch may get all of European broadcaster Sky after all after the U.K. phone-hacking scandal scotched a previous effort.

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:41am

President Obama took action Friday to give Alaska Native villages more of a say in the federal management of marine resources in the Bering Sea.

EU chief: 1 type of European chopper, tank to stop waste

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:41am

The chief of the European Union's executive branch said Friday he wants to streamline defense procurement and industries in member states to make them more efficient and less dependent on U.S. military protection.

The Latest: Effort to protect immigrant children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:30am

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

Coastal Commission fines Malibu owners over beach access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:11am

The California Coastal Commission has imposed a $4.2 million fine on owners of an expensive oceanfront rental on the Malibu coast for failing to remove a gate, fence, stairway and deck that block public access to the beach.