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France's court cancels Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:21pm

A top court in France refused Friday to hand a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident charged with embezzling billions over to Russia, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:21pm

Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:13pm

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea.

Markets Right Now: Stocks extend rally to new highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:11pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:02pm

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.

New fleet of electric semi-trucks to be made in Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:01pm

A new truck manufacturing company said it will soon be building electric-powered semi-trucks in Tennessee.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Gold, silver slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:51pm

The December gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,159.40 an ounce, down $10.40.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Senate pushes to avert gov't shutdown over miners' benefits

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:50pm

The Senate pushed to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats evoked President-elect Donald Trump in pleading for a more generous extension of health care benefits for retired miners.

Trump expected to name a top Goldman exec to economic post

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Gary Cohn, the No. 2 executive at the powerhouse Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, to a prominent White House economic post.

Stocks set more records as health care companies join rally

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

U.S. stocks are rising for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continue to set records. The largest gains are going to industries that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Banks, which have led that surge, are little changed.

Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations

Zeina Karam and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:24pm

Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government.

South Africa company to buy Stillwater Mining Co. for $2.2B

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:21pm

The company that owns Montana's largest mining complex announced Friday that it will be acquired by a South African company for $2.2 billion in a deal that requires U.S. government approval.

Story of Trump letting homeless woman live in hotel is false

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

The Trump Organization says there's no validity to a video in which a woman claims Republican President-elect Donald Trump has allowed her to stay at his New York hotel free of charge for nine years.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:11pm

Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry."

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

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink.

The Latest: Kerry presses efforts to save Syria's Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder Friday in the brutal slaying of a worker at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens.