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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.

Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

North Dakota regulators say winter weather is affecting cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River.

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.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

A federal judge has ordered a contracting company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

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.

Big Wyoming wind project closing in on federal eagle permit

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

One of the biggest wind energy projects in the U.S. has cleared a major hurdle toward getting a federal permit allowing it to kill eagles.

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Delta testing a return to free meals

Kathryn Vasel, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:16pm

Delta could be bringing back a major perk: Free meals in coach.

Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:14pm

It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era.

House passes stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, legislation's fate uncertain in the Senate.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:11pm

House passes stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, legislation's fate uncertain in the Senate.

The Latest: House backs spending bill, Senate fate unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:11pm

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

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

The European Central Bank will pour another half-trillion euros ($579 billion) in newly printed money into the eurozone economy to support its recovery as the currency union heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

Union president Jones challenges Trump on Carrier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs.

School district sues turf maker after report of defects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:42am

The state's largest school district has sued the country's leading maker of artificial turf after a report that executives knew fields might not live up to lofty marketing claims.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

Joan Lowy and David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road.

Inquest set for Washington state police shooting of Mexican

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

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.

Correction: Coal Ash-Duke Energy story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

In a story Dec. 7 about Duke Energy weighing compensation for neighbors living near coal ash pits, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the compensation costs will be passed along to power consumers. Costs will be borne by shareholders. A headline reported erroneously that Duke Energy was negotiating compensation. The company is internally considering compensation offers.

AstraZeneca cuts about 700 jobs, including 120 in Delaware

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:21am

British-based pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca says it is eliminating about 700 jobs in its U.S. commercial business, including about 120 at its North American headquarters in Wilmington.

Fund manager Q&A: What should muni bond investors do now?

Cybele Weisser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:20am

The past year has meant a wild ride for investors in municipal bond funds.