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Madonna, Kesha get emotional when accepting Billboard honors

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30pm

The annual Billboard Women In Music event featured emotional and heartfelt speeches about the uphill battles women face in the music industry, including personal stories from top honoree Madonna and pop singer Kesha.

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Eileen Sullivan, Chad Day and Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:21pm

Corporate registrations in Delaware show that President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four companies that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture.

Red tape halts new Southwest flights to Mexico after 3 days

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:11pm

Southwest Airlines has stopped new flights between Los Angeles and Mexico because Mexican authorities haven't finished the paperwork formally authorizing the service.

Trump has shut down 4 of his companies connected to possible Saudi Arabia business venture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

Trump has shut down 4 of his companies connected to possible Saudi Arabia business venture.

The Latest: No deal yet but gov't shutdown unlikely

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

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

Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

Coal-state Democrats waged a fight for health benefits for thousands of retired miners, pointing to President Harry S. Truman's promise 70 years ago guaranteeing a lifetime of coverage. The stopgap spending bill contains a short-term fix and the issue will be revisited next spring.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:03pm

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 as we know it right now."

Columbia teaching and research assistants vote to join union

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:50pm

Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have voted to join a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers.

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:50pm

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:40pm

Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.

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

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:31pm

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.

Municipal-bond week in review: Yields back down a bit

Cybele Weisser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:10pm

After a month of steady increases, municipal bond yields finally reversed course this past week.

Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:01pm

An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder and other counts Friday in the brutal slaying of one worker and the assault on a second staffer at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens.

Italy's Monte dei Paschi denies ECB notice on deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:53pm

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena plunged Friday following news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors had been rejected by regulators. But the bank said it hadn't received official notification and was planning to hold another board meeting on Sunday.

Record-setting stock streak hits sixth day on broad gains

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:42pm

U.S. stocks rose for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continued to set records. The biggest gains went to companies that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods.

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

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:31pm

The U.S. government is trying to get automakers to move faster to fix 42 million vehicles that are being recalled because of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

US rig count up 27 this week to 624; Texas adds 17

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:21pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 27 this week to 624.

France's court cancels Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:21pm

A top court in France refused Friday to hand a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident charged with embezzling billions over to Russia, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:13pm

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea.