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Biggest union reaches deal with California government

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:51pm

California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:12pm

The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis.

Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:41pm

Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the Colorado as the vessel prepares to join a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019.

The Latest: North Dakota governor, tribal chairman to meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:31pm

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

Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:31pm

Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump.

For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:30pm

He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards.

Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

Russell Contreras and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:50pm

Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump.

McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:00pm

The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday.

Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

Paola Flores and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:30am

The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday.

Correction: Oil Pipeline-Protest-Lynch story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:40am

In a story Dec. 2 about Attorney General Loretta Lynch's video statement on the Dakota Access pipeline protests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lynch did not refer to her call with the Morton County sheriff. Her written statement did refer to that call.

Police: 'Postal Grinch' caught opening post office packages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:31am

A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.

Friendly moose befriends 2 cows on Vermont farm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:31am

A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences.

Suspect wearing suicide belt killed by agents in Azerbaijan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:20am

Azerbaijan's domestic security agency says its agents have killed a man who was allegedly wearing a suicide bomb belt.

Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20am

A coal mine explosion in a northern Chinese region killed 17 people Saturday and left 10 others trapped, state media and officials said.

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

Tami Abdollah and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20am

A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Website seeks to match migrants with employers in Germany

Jona Kallgren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:30am

A startup company in Berlin is trying to help integrate last year's flood of migrants into the German workforce with a tailor-made online job market for new arrivals.

Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10pm

Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court.

21 Chinese miners trapped for 4 days confirmed dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:01pm

Twenty-one miners who were trapped for four days after an explosion hit their unlicensed coal mine have been confirmed dead, and four people have been arrested in connection with the disaster, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

Broadcasting industry veteran Bob Bennett dies at 89

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:20pm

Robert "Bob" Bennett, a broadcasting industry veteran who guided a TV station group that became the initial core of the Fox network, has died. He was 89.