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Top job placement firm sued for alleged bias against blacks

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:42pm

A national job-placement company systematically discriminated against blacks in favor of Hispanic workers to comply with racially based criteria of some clients looking for employees, according to allegations in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of several African-Americans.

Pipeline opponents ride out storm in shelters, casino

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:41pm

Some protesters who have been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline retreated to a nearby casino and area shelters overnight as a blizzard blew through, but many remained at a camp in southern North Dakota, according to protest organizers who say they're committed to maintaining the camp through the winter.

Money for Trump Tower security part of stopgap spending bill

Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:32pm

Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's end.

Gold, silver decline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

The December gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1167.60 an ounce -- down $6.40.

Gamers convention to stay in Indianapolis through 2021

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

A large gamers convention that threatened to leave Indianapolis during intense public debate over LGBT rights has signed a contract that will keep the event in the city through 2021.

Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.

US indexes turn higher, helped by phone company stocks

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

Stock indexes turned slightly higher in mid-afternoon trading Tuesday, helped by shares of telecommunications companies such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, while the rest of the market remained mostly flat. The upturn put the Dow Jones industrial average rose on track for another record high close. Small company stocks also rose sharply.

Volleyballers vs. bulldozers: A Chinatown's history at stake

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:30pm

On the streets, alleyways and parking lots of Boston's Chinatown, immigrants developed a unique style of volleyball now played in Chinatowns across the country. Now, an asphalt court where the game still thrives stands in the way of development.

NYC touts UN benefits in new report

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20pm

The New York mayor's office is touting the benefits of hosting the United Nations headquarters with a new report examining the world body's economic impact on the city.

Forum: Congress must help Hawaii fishermen confined to boats

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20pm

Experts and advocates are urging Congress to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in Hawaii's commercial fleet, following an Associated Press investigation that found the men have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections.

Spokesman: Coalition accidentally bombed Yemen hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:11pm

An internal investigation committee says the Saudi-led military coalition accidentally bombed an MSF hospital in Yemen, which killed 19 people and forced the international group to pull out from northern Yemen.

UN: gains against Libya terrorism real but not irreversible

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:04pm

The fight against terrorism has produced results in Libya but those gains are not irreversible, the U.N.'s special envoy to the North African nation said Tuesday.

US to build $1.6B Idaho facility for warships' nuclear waste

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:01pm

A $1.65 billion facility will be built at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships, the Navy and U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday.

Pence to talk to conservative group at Trump's new DC hotel

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:41pm

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will deliver a speech on Tuesday night to a conservative group at Donald Trump's new Washington D.C. hotel, raising anew conflict of interest questions surrounding the venue.

Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:41pm

Montana mine officials say it's likely that several thousand migrating snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of the pit mine last week.

Q&A: A look at Trump's call to cancel new Air Force 1

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:41pm

President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging Reagan-era models that currently shuttle the president around the world. Trump cited "out of control" costs of more than $4 billion in a tweet that ended with "Cancel order!"

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:40pm

Heavily armed sheriff's deputies stood watch Tuesday at a Los Angeles-area subway station named in an unconfirmed threat and Mayor Eric Garcetti took the line to work to show confidence in security measures.

Maker of vehicle involved in Seattle crash to pay up to $1M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:31pm

Ride the Ducks International has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order reached with federal transportation officials.

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:01pm

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone.

Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:30am

Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity.