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Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:00am

The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents.

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:40am

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."

Global shares mostly higher following ECB-inspired rally

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:40am

Global 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 voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

A look at the rise and fall of South Korea's president

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached Friday, rose to power with the support of conservatives enamored of the economic growth ushered in by her late dictator father decades ago.

Syrian troops shell crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:12am

Syrian troops and allied forces shelled besieged districts of eastern Aleppo Friday, pressing ahead with a massive onslaught to seize remaining parts of the crumbling enclave that had been controlled by rebels since 2012.

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:13am

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

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.

Amazon.com entitled to keep 18% of sales taxes collected in Utah

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:04pm

Amazon.com is expected to keep 18 percent of sales taxes collected in Utah under the terms of a confidential agreement with the state, KSL and the Deseret News have learned

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.