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1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:40am

There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.

US sanctions North Korea over nuclear test

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:21am

Responding to North Korea's recent nuclear test and alleged violations of U.N. resolutions, the U.S. is issuing new sanctions to cut off money to the country and counter what the Treasury Department calls continued "provocative behavior" by Pyongyang.

Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:20am

Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans.

Las Vegas welcomes 1st direct commercial flight from Beijing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:11am

A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance are marking the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas.

Eurowings settles pay dispute with airline cabin crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:10am

Lufthansa's budget unit Eurowings says it has come to an agreement with its cabin crew to settle a pay dispute.

2 trapped after building collapses in South Dakota city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:10am

A fire official says rescue workers are concerned about debris shifting as they try to free two people after a building collapsed in a South Dakota city.

Emails: LGBT law cost N. Carolina project with 700 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:03am

Internal emails show that city and state officials blame a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections for a company's decision to pick another state for a new project that includes 700 jobs.

Unemployment drops for black Americans and high school grads

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:01am

Many black Americans and people with only a high school education found jobs in November, helping reduce their unemployment rates to levels seen before the Great Recession ravaged the U.S. job market.

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:00am

U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.

Stocks move mostly higher as big dividend payers jump

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:50am

Stocks are slightly higher Friday thanks to gains for companies that pay large dividends. Investors who want income are buying shares of real estate and phone companies and household goods retailers as bond yields fall. The drop in bond yields is also affecting banks, which are slipping after a huge rally over the last few weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed at a record high a day ago, is down slightly.

US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6%

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:48am

U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

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.

Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:33am

Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend.

No more 'Melania Trump' underwear or honey for Slovenians

Ali Zerdin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:01am

No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians.

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge mostly higher in midday trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

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Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court.

China to US: Avoid politics in purchase of Germany's Aixtron

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:52am

China appealed to Washington and Berlin to avoid injecting politics into the proposed takeover of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment following a report President Obama plans to oppose it as a security risk.

Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:31am

Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.