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Vegemite being sold by Oreo-maker Mondelez

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51pm

Vegemite and other grocery products are being sold by Oreo-maker Mondelez to Australian dairy company Bega Cheese in a deal worth about $345.3 million (460 Australian dollars).

US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51pm

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles.

Consumer agency sues Navient over student loan repayments

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51pm

Federal regulators have sued Navient, accusing the biggest U.S. student loan company of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints.

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51pm

Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces.

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:50pm

In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups.

Japan retains top spot in terms of US Treasury holdings

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:41pm

Japan has maintained its hold for a second month on the No. 1 spot atop China among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities.

Ohio State, fired marching band director settle lawsuits

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:40pm

A fired Ohio State University marching band director has dropped all his legal claims against the university in exchange for it agreeing not to try to recover its costs from him, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:33pm

A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. But the law that once offered hope to working parents quickly turned into an empty promise because state lawmakers never came up with a way to pay for the benefit, resulting in an indefinite delay of its implementation.

Colombia leader says peace talks to start with rebel group

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:25pm

Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.

Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:25pm

Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service.

How to improve your sex drive without breaking the bank

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:22pm

For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty.

Puerto Rico control board considers extending moratorium

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

The federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances says it is inclined to extend both a debt moratorium and a deadline for the U.S. territory's government to submit a revised fiscal plan.

Yellen: Expect Fed to gradually hike rates over next 3 years

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to raise its benchmark interest rate several times a year through 2019, as it moves closer toward to its economic goals of maximum employment and stable inflation.

Labor Department sues JPMorgan over sexual discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

The Department of Labor is suing JPMorgan Chase & Co. for discriminating against female workers.

Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics.

Exiting rail safety chief looks to technology to save lives

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:14pm

Sarah Feinberg was on the job as the nation's chief railroad regulator for just three weeks when a packed commuter train slammed into an SUV stopped on tracks north of New York City, killing six people.

Owner of counterfeit lenses firm gets prison in federal case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

A 30-year-old man who admitted illegally importing and selling counterfeit contact lenses across the U.S. without a prescription has been sentenced in Las Vegas to nearly four years in federal prison.

US stock indexes stay stuck; bond yields and dollar rise

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:52pm

The stock market hasn't been this boring in years.

2 federal agencies approve new phosphate mine in Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho.