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Las Vegas Sands paying $7M to settle corrupt practices probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:41pm

U.S. authorities say billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to settle a foreign corrupt practices investigation of the firm's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China.

Washington among states that face deadline on REAL ID

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:31pm

Last month, signs started popping up at airports nationwide warning travelers that unless their driver's licenses are from states already in compliance with federal identification requirements or states with a limited extension, they'll need additional documentation to board domestic flights starting in January 2018.

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:21pm

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

Yellen says Fed following prudent course on rates

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:11pm

While unemployment has fallen significantly and inflation is starting to tick higher, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she does not believe that the central bank has fallen behind the curve and needs to start pushing interest rates up more quickly.

Feds reject Idaho utility's bid to negate Oregon fish law

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:04pm

Federal authorities on Thursday rejected a request by an Idaho utility to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:03pm

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

Ex-portfolio manager convicted of securities fraud charges

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:00pm

A former portfolio manager at an asset management firm was convicted of securities and wire fraud charges on Thursday.

Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71

Jake Pearson and Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died Thursday at age 71.

In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act.

Facebook CEO trying to buy out land near his Hawaii estate

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:50pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to court to gain ownership of isolated pockets of land tucked away within his sprawling estate in Hawaii, many of which are less than an acre and could be split between hundreds of owners in a situation unique to the islands.

Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20pm

Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

BNSF identifies 2 railroad workers killed in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:11pm

BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota.

How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:41pm

The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:20pm

Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

Target names Rick Gomez new chief marketing officer

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Target says it is promoting Rick Gomez to executive vice president and chief marketing officer as the Minneapolis discounter looks to reverse traffic declines at its stores.

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

Group: Settlement will cut oil pollution at Washington dam

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:43pm

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday agreed to obtain a pollution permit to settle allegations that operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Correction: Chicago-Gun Ranges story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

In a Jan. 18 story about a federal appeals court ruling on Chicago's gun range ordinances, The Associated Press mischaracterized the nature of Judge Ilana Rovner's partial dissent. She disagreed with the majority that it was unconstitutional to require gun ranges to be a certain distance from schools, churches and other areas, not that it was unconstitutional to ban minors from gun ranges.

American Express misses forecasts, hurt by Costco loss

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

American Express' fourth-quarter profit fell 8 percent from the same period a year earlier, hurt by the loss of the Costco credit card business and higher expenses to retain customers.