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Bolivia: Crashed jet's company left trail of unpaid debts

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:40pm

The airline involved in last week's crash in the Andes left a trail of unpaid bills that forced Bolivia's air force to seize two planes and briefly jail one of the company's owners, Bolivian Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira said Monday.

The Latest: Trump, family members dining at 21 Club

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:30pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

United Airlines mechanics approve contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:30pm

Mechanics at United Airlines have approved a six-year labor deal, the latest in a string of pay-raising contracts in the now profitable industry.

Power line to link Canada, New England gets key US permit

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

A power line planned to run under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in southern New England has won a key federal permit, clearing its last big regulatory hurdle.

Bill speeding federal drug approvals clears Senate hurdle

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden.

Prosecutor's office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday.

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

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Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline

James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite harsh winter weather and a tribal leaders' call to leave.

Winter menaces N. Dakota camp as pipeline protesters dig in

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:43pm

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

Dallas mayor files lawsuit to stop pension withdrawals

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:42pm

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system.

Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied?

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:40pm

The Army's refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and expensive.

The Latest: Tribal leader: Pipeline opponents should go home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:40pm

The Latest on the protest against the construction of the final section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. (all times local):

Oil industry urges Trump to approve Dakota Access pipeline

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30pm

Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a priority when he takes office next month, but a spokesman for Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming president might act.

Utah counties sue over halt to new coal leases on fed land

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:12pm

Two Utah counties have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal halt to granting new coal leases, arguing the moratorium is blocking a mine expansion that could pump millions of dollars into the local economies.

Former Fed official Edward W. 'Mike' Kelley Jr. dies at 84

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:12pm

Edward W. "Mike" Kelley Jr., who served 14 years as a member of the Federal Reserve Board and was instrumental in modernizing the banking operations of the Federal Reserve system, has died. He was 84.

Figures on government spending and debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10pm

Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Rates on US Treasury bills flat to higher in weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:10pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were flat to higher in Monday's auction, with six-month bills reaching their highest level in three weeks.

Republican success opens door to amending US Constitution

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:23pm

The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution.

Brazil's government proposes setting retirement age at 65

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:15pm

The government is proposing that Brazil's minimum retirement age be set at 65 as part of an overhaul to a pension system many say is unsustainable.