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Turnaround in health care stocks sends indexes to records

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:31am

U.S. stocks are rising Friday as major indexes continue to set records. Some of the largest gains are going to industries that have been left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Banks, which have led that surge, are slipping.

Snapchat: How the vanishing-photo app managed not to fade

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:20am

Snapchat has managed to build something lasting out of photos that vanished almost instantly.

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:14am

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.

British journalist says detained in Kenya without charge

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:14am

A British journalist for The Times of London newspaper said Friday he was being detained at a Nairobi airport without explanation or charge after entering Kenya.

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

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:10am

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

Shares in troubled Italian bank plunge amid bailout fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:02am

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena have plunged after news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors has been rejected by regulators.

Merchant Marine Academy alumni report questions abuse risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:50am

A U.S. Merchant Marine Academy alumni task force is calling for reinstatement of a cadet training program.

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:42am

Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit."

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:42am

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

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to step down next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:41am

Coca-Cola says Muhtar Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey.

The Latest: McConnell urges coal-state Dems to back down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

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

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to step down next year

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

Coca-Cola said Friday that CEO Muhtar Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey.

Paris pollution: Medics on alert, outdoor sports not advised

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

With more asthmatic children needing hospital treatment in Paris amid exceptional air pollution, France's government put medics on alert Friday and warned residents to limit outdoor activity over the weekend.

Women sue groom, event company after being hit by drone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.

S. Korean impeachment sales: Goodbye Park, hello free room

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

For many South Korean business owners, President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday was a moment to celebrate — with a sale.

Syrian civilians leave crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:20am

Hundreds of Syrian civilians streamed out on foot from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo on Friday in the wake of the relentless campaign by government troops and their allies to drive rebels from their rapidly crumbling enclave.

Court orders Swiss prosecutors to open VW criminal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

Swiss prosecutors say they have seized documents at a large Volkswagen dealer after a court ordered them to open a criminal investigation.

US wholesalers cut stockpiles, clearing way for new orders

AP Economics Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:01am

U.S. wholesale businesses cut back their stockpiles while sales rose in October. That's a trend that could boost demand for factory goods in the months ahead.

Chocolate bar made in Serbia triggers trouble in Croatia

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:51am

Even a small bar of chocolate can trigger a big row in the Balkans.