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Seattle's duck boat company to pay up to $1M for violations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:11pm

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.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:50am

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.

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.

The Latest: Tribal leader tells pipeline foes to leave camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:30am

The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):

Trump son-in-law's family donated to Israeli settler groups

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:21am

President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law co-directs a family foundation that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jewish settlement organizations in the West Bank, according to tax records.

Mom loses benefits after status of 4 kids changed to dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:20am

A Rhode Island mother says she lost her child care voucher when the state's new benefits computer system mistakenly changed the status of her four children from living to dead.

The Latest: NTSB blames crew fatigue for fatal train crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:44am

The Latest on a hearing into the cause of a 2014 train collision in northern Arkansas that killed two Union Pacific employees (all times local):

Baltimore arts building shuttered days after Oakland fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:41am

Baltimore officials have shut down an arts building for safety violations and evicted dozens of tenants three days after a fire at a California warehouse-turned artists' enclave killed three dozen people.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:31am

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is delivering a speech to a conservative group at Donald Trump's new hotel in Washington D.C.

SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:21am

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.

Supreme Court upholds broad power to curb insider trading

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:21am

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the government in a legal clash over the nation's insider trading laws, a victory for prosecutors seeking to curb corruption on Wall Street.

US productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:02am

The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring.

Markets Right Now: US stocks waver as crude oil price slumps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:53am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Mother sues over baby mix-up at Minneapolis hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:30am

A Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit against a health care provider after her newborn was mistakenly given to another mother at a hospital and breastfed.

Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:11am

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Polish govt faces criticism for overloading London flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:01am

Poland's ruling party, which lost many leading members in a 2010 plane crash that killed a swath of the country's leadership, is facing criticism for its own chaotic organization of a government flight that initially had too many people on one plane.

Distressed Italian bank seeks investor with $1.1 billion

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:54am

Italy's political crisis spelled new trouble for the country's banks, with the third-largest lender, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, scrambling to secure a new investor and help it remain solvent.

Virtual sleigh rides, light shows: Mall Santas get makeover

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:42am

Hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole. Stand on the "Naughty or Nice O'Meter." Snap a selfie and see your face on a dancing elf. The Santa experience has gotten a makeover as many malls install shows and games they hope will lure shoppers who are buying more online.