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Markets Right Now: US stock indexes close at record highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:11pm

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Rifts evident as Port Authority wrestles over 10-year plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:11pm

There's dissension in New York's major transportation agency over how it will spend its money over the next decade.

Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:53pm

A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:52pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Idaho projected to see $139M surplus

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

Idaho is on track to finish the fiscal year with $139 million more tax revenue than the 2016 Legislature predicted, if the latest forecast holds true.

Inquest set for Washington state police shooting of Mexican

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

A coroner's inquest to shed more light into the police killing of a Mexican shot numerous times last year by three officers in the Washington state city of Pasco has been scheduled to start on Monday, officials said.

Italian populists renew anti-euro stance while eyeing power

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:24pm

A leader of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is pressing for a vote on whether the country should keep the euro as its official currency, a pitch for support as the party eyes national power for the first time.

Gains for banks and materials lead stocks to all-time highs

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:23pm

After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes set more all-time highs Thursday afternoon as the market built on a surge the previous day. Banks are rising as bond yields increase, and basic materials and technology companies are also climbing. Defense contractors and other industrial companies are taking modest losses.

Prime minister announces handouts as strike cripples Greece

Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:21pm

As thousands of Greeks protested against government spending cuts during a general strike that crippled the country Thursday, struggling Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced one-off measures to ease the burden on pensioners and island residents.

Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:14pm

The U.S. Navy's most technologically advanced destroyer has arrived at its homeport of San Diego after a nearly four-month transit that included some glitches along the way.

Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

A federal judge in Montana has decided not to make public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site involving the U.S. government and the company responsible for the mining waste.

Coke targets "foodies" as more people move away from sodas

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:00pm

For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

Lawsuit accuses Department of Labor of firing whistleblower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:51pm

A former Idaho Department of Labor employee says the agency used subpoena powers to obtain his personal cellphone records and then fired him over the results of the search.

Fishing groups in 4 states seek Atlantic wind farm delay

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and seaport communities in four states have asked a court to stop the federal government from auctioning off the rights to develop a huge offshore windfarm in the Atlantic Ocean between New York and New Jersey.

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation's fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats.

Dallas pension system suspends access to some funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension system board has voted to suspend all withdrawals and payments coming out of deferred retirement funds.

War of words continues between Trump and union leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30pm

The war of words is escalating between Donald Trump and a union official who suggested that Trump wasn't being truthful about the number of jobs being saved at an Indiana factory.