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Coal-state Dems threaten gov't shutdown over aid for miners

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Hours to a government shutdown, coal-state Senate Democrats blocked swift action on a stopgap spending bill over benefits for retired miners and pressed President-elect Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed coal champion, to intervene with Republicans.

New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They're targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance.

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

Julie Bykowicz and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:10am

President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:12am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.

Panel rejects British company's $1.3B case against Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:10am

An international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian business partner.

Asian shares mostly higher following ECB-inspired rally

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50pm

Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers began voting on whether or not to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:14pm

Washington on Thursday became 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."

Asian shares meander as ECB-inspired rally fades

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 8:11pm

Asian shares meandered Friday as an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program faded. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers prepared to vote on whether or not to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

Australian-Chinese consortium wins bid for cattle empire

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 8:01pm

The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation's largest cattle empire to Australia's richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign ownership of farmland.

Port Authority split on 10-year plan, New York bus terminal

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:51pm

Another board meeting of the region's major transportation agency on Thursday produced few answers and continuing uncertainty over how the agency will spend its money over the next decade, particularly on a replacement for the nation's busiest bus terminal, a battleground pitting New York and New Jersey factions.

NBC News shutting down a digital service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:41pm

NBC says that it is shutting down its Breaking News digital service, which provided bulletins on stories through Twitter, a website and its own app.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:31pm

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.

Official: Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay to settle allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:01pm

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced Thursday.

Fast-food CEO, Trump's pick for Labor, on racy fast-food ads

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:31pm

Andrew Puzder, who heads the company that owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, was tapped Thursday to head the Labor Department by President-elect Donald Trump.

Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

Joan Lowy and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:20pm

Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

Susan Haigh and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:10pm

President-elect Donald Trump is naming former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

Apple chief Tim Cook picked to give MIT commencement speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:32pm

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address.

Missouri court strikes law denying bail to some immigrants

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:11pm

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a state law Thursday that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S.

Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:11pm

A black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.