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Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:04am

Washington has become 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."

Merchant Marine Academy alumni report questions abuse risk

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:00am

Concerns about alleged sex abuse and harassment of U.S. Merchant Marine cadets training aboard commercial vessels are disputed in a new report issued by an alumni task force.

Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:00am

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, Chief Operating Officer James Quincey, the company announced Friday.

Truck holding $500,000 in Coach bags is stolen in New Jersey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:50am

A tractor-trailer carrying $500,000 worth of Coach purses has been stolen from a warehouse in New Jersey's largest city.

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

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:31am

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.

Turnaround in health care stocks sends indexes to records

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:31am

U.S. stocks are rising Friday as major indexes continue to set records. Some of the largest gains are going to industries that have been left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Banks, which have led that surge, are slipping.

Snapchat: How the vanishing-photo app managed not to fade

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:20am

Snapchat has managed to build something lasting out of photos that vanished almost instantly.

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:14am

Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.

British journalist says detained in Kenya without charge

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:14am

A British journalist for The Times of London newspaper said Friday he was being detained at a Nairobi airport without explanation or charge after entering Kenya.

EU chief: 1 type of European chopper, tank to stop waste

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:10am

The chief of the European Union's executive branch said Friday he wants to streamline defense industries in member states to make them more efficient and less dependent on U.S. military protection.

Shares in troubled Italian bank plunge amid bailout fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:02am

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena have plunged after news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors has been rejected by regulators.

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:42am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent to step down next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:41am

Coca-Cola says Muhtar Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey.

The Latest: McConnell urges coal-state Dems to back down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

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

Paris pollution: Medics on alert, outdoor sports not advised

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

With more asthmatic children needing hospital treatment in Paris amid exceptional air pollution, France's government put medics on alert Friday and warned residents to limit outdoor activity over the weekend.

Women sue groom, event company after being hit by drone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.

S. Korean impeachment sales: Goodbye Park, hello free room

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

For many South Korean business owners, President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday was a moment to celebrate — with a sale.

Syrian civilians leave crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:20am

Hundreds of Syrian civilians streamed out on foot from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo on Friday in the wake of the relentless campaign by government troops and their allies to drive rebels from their rapidly crumbling enclave.

Court orders Swiss prosecutors to open VW criminal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

Swiss prosecutors say they have seized documents at a large Volkswagen dealer after a court ordered them to open a criminal investigation.