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Congress OKs defense bill, scrambles to pass stopgap measure

Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled on Thursday to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure.

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.

Vice Media offering apprenticeships to former inmates

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:13am

Vice Media is starting an apprenticeship program at its Brooklyn headquarters for recently released prison inmates, saying it wants to take action on an issue that the media company has been reporting on for the past few years.

The Latest: UPS: Slain NY truck driver was seasonal employee

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

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a UPS driver outside a Wal-Mart store in upstate New York (all times local):

The Latest: Congress clears defense bill for Obama

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

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

Trump expected to pick Puzder for Labor

Julie Bykowicz and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:11am

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.

US home price gains lift household wealth to $90.2 trillion

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:00am

A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. household wealth in the July-September quarter, though the gains are largely concentrated among wealthier Americans.

Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

The state Health Department says winter weather is affecting cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River.

Britain's finance chief sees more trade with South Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

The finance chief of Britain says he sees big opportunities to build on trade ties with South Africa, which is Britain's biggest export market in Africa.

Union president Jones challenges Trump on Carrier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

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.

Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:41am

A federal judge in Montana has decided not to make public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site between the U.S. government and the company responsible for the mining waste.

School district sues turf maker after report of defects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:40am

New Jersey'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.

Brexit dominates UK politics, from Supreme Court to Commons

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:32am

The drama of Britain's exit from the European Union was being acted out this week on two of London's grandest stages: the Supreme Court and the House of Commons chamber. The plot is gripping, but the ending is still a mystery.

APNewsBreak: Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:20am

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.

EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:12am

The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions.

Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:11am

A black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Harry Reid bids farewell to Senate after 30 years

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:11am

Minority Leader Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate Thursday after 30 years in the chamber and more than a decade as top Democrat, a remarkable run during which he shepherded key Obama administration legislation including the sweeping health care law.

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:11am

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.