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Government won't permit oil pipeline under Missouri River

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:10am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant permission for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. American Indians say it's a major victory in their push to reroute construction of the pipeline that they say could harm Standing Rock Sioux cultural sites and drinking water supply. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois will be safe and that the Corps' decision is politically motivated.

Sleek casino with Bob Dylan art opening outside Washington

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:10am

Far from the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts International opens its $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino and resort just outside the nation's capital this week, advertising a gambling floor "bigger than the White House" and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan.

Lufthansa, GE invest in Polish aircraft engine plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:03am

Polish and company authorities say that Lufthansa and General Electric will jointly invest some 250 million euros ($270 million) in Poland to build an advanced plant servicing aircraft engines to be operational in 2018.

87 escape Kenya psych hospital as medics strike nationwide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:50am

Kenyan officials say at least 87 patients with mental illnesses have escaped from the country's only psychiatric hospital after they were left unattended when medical workers at public hospitals went on strike nationwide.

Markets Right Now: Dow at another high in early US trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:40am

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Train dispatcher in Germany jailed over crash that killed 12

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:11am

A train dispatcher was convicted of negligent homicide and bodily harm on Monday over his role in the collision of two commuter trains in southern Germany earlier this year that killed 12 people and injured nearly 90. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

The Latest: National tribal leader praises pipeline decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:10am

The Latest on the protest against the construction of the final section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. (all times local):

The Latest: Rohrabacher says Trump considering him for State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:10am

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North Dakota pipeline protesters vow to stay despite victory

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:51am

Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave.

Air Berlin sells stake in Austria's NIKI to Etihad for $319M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:40am

German airline Air Berlin says it is selling its stake in Austrian carrier NIKI to Etihad for 300 million euros ($319 million).

Trump's Taiwan call, tweets point to flashpoints with China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:31am

Donald Trump's unprecedented phone conversation with Taiwan's president and tweets criticizing China point to the possibility of major friction between the world's two largest economies.

Italy faces political, economic uncertainty after referendum

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:00am

Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a resounding rebuke by rejecting his proposed constitutional reforms, plunging Europe's fourth-largest economy into political and economic uncertainty Monday.

China appeals to US to stop disrupting acquisitions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:40am

China urged Washington on Monday to stop disrupting its foreign corporate acquisitions after President Barack Obama blocked the purchase of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment as a security risk.

President-elect Trump chooses former campaign rival Ben Carson to be housing secretary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10am

President-elect Trump chooses former campaign rival Ben Carson to be housing secretary.

Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

One of the melted reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling Monday when a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow isle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system.

Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

Global shares mixed after Italy rejects constitution changes

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Asian shares tumbled Monday while Europe opened higher after Italian voters rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether the country will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro.

Royal Bank of Scotland settles claims of some shareholders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:40am

Royal Bank of Scotland says it has reached a settlement with three of five shareholder groups that sued over a 2008 share sale conducted by disgraced boss Fred Goodwin.

Italy hit by market volatility after referendum defeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

Italy was plunged into political and economic uncertainty following voters' resounding rebuke of Premier Matteo Renzi's proposed constitutional reforms.