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Obama blocks proposed takeover Germany's Aixtron

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:41pm

President Barack Obama is blocking a Chinese firm's proposed takeover of a German manufacturing company, saying the deal poses a security risk.

United Airlines will pay $2.4 million to settle with SEC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:32pm

The parent company of United Airlines will pay $2.4 million to settle civil charges by securities regulators over flights that were started to help an official who oversaw one of the airline's hub airports.

Political donor pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:30pm

A political donor and cable news commentator has pleaded guilty to a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme connected to his health-technology business.

Municipal-bond week in review: Yields climb again

Cybele Weisser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:21pm

Municipal bond yields hit fresh highs again this week, continuing their strong climb since the U.S. presidential election.

Lodging near highest mountain peak in Northeast US proposed

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:12pm

The owners of a historic cog railway that climbs up New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, want to build an upscale hotel a mile from the summit, in keeping with hotels that once graced the mountain in the 1800s, and to accommodate an increasing number of summer tourists.

Wastewater leaks at plant destroying chemical weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:10pm

The Army says about 450 gallons of hazardous wastewater leaked from a tank at a Colorado plant where chemical weapons are being destroyed.

Judge says Dallas police and fire pension vote can happen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:10pm

A Texas judge has denied a request to stop members of the ailing Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from voting on benefit reductions.

Rally ebbs as investors seek safety after weak wage data

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

Investors made a small move back to safer assets Friday afternoon after the government's November jobs report showed continued hiring, but weak wages.

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:51pm

U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.

GOP chairman who targeted Clinton in no rush on Trump

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:51pm

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who promised before the election to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton for years, says he will wait until President-elect Donald Trump takes office before "poking around" the businessman's financial affairs and possible conflicts of interest.

EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:41pm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

California treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:41pm

California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana industry can participate in the nation's banking system while pot remains illegal under U.S. law.

Job deals like Carrier's often fall short of political hype

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:41pm

When President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, it came with a cost to state taxpayers of about $7 million in tax breaks and grants.

More than cookie sellers, Girl Scouts enter music industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:31pm

The Girl Scouts of the USA are used to making you smile with sweet cookies, but now they're hoping to soothe your ears with sweet music.

1st nonstop commercial flight from Beijing arrives in Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:31pm

A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance marked the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas.

Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary

Josh Boak and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:21pm

When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.

Markets Right Now: A post-election rally runs out of gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:11pm

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Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:02pm

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

Jobs report shows two-track economy continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

The latest U.S. jobs report makes it clear that Donald Trump will be inheriting the same two-track economy that plagued his predecessor.