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Howard Buffett leaving Coke board to focus on philanthropy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:00am

Howard Buffett is planning to step down from the Coca-Cola Co.'s board, so he can spend more time running his foundation that focuses on improving agriculture in the developing world.

ConAgra to finalize plea deal in tainted peanut butter case

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:50am

Food giant ConAgra faces a court hearing to finalize an $11.2 million settlement — including the largest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case — to resolve federal charges in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds who ate tainted Peter Pan peanut butter.

Workers at endangered Indiana plant feel forgotten by Trump

Tom Davies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:41am

A full parking lot and 50-hour workweeks belie the anxiety at the United Technologies-owned factory outside a small northeastern Indiana city, where Mike Harmon and co-workers wonder whether they aren't just stockpiling parts for when the company sends their 700 jobs to Mexico.

Advocates: Revamp Texas adoption care after mistreated teens

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:32am

Advocates say the child-protection system in Texas should be revamped to better monitor adoptions and prevent a reoccurrence of the seven special-needs children found near Houston isolated and living in filthy conditions.

Oil cartel seeks output cutbacks by non-member countries

Kiyoko Metzler and Philipp-Moritz Jenne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:10am

OPEC member states are meeting with Russia and other non-OPEC countries in Vienna for talks about a reduction in oil production.

Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer

Marcela Isaza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:10am

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show.

5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment

Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:10am

Five people were killed in northeastern Bulgaria following a gas explosion on a derailed tanker train early Saturday, national radio reported. Officials said at least 23 people were injured, many with severe burns.

Greek ferry workers end 9-day strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:30am

Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers.

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 1:30am

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 12:41am

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 12:41am

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences.

Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:21pm

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:20pm

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

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:20pm

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

Senate backs stopgap spending bill, averts government shutdown before midnight deadline; legislation heads to Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:21pm

Senate backs stopgap spending bill, averts government shutdown before midnight deadline; legislation heads to Obama.

Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:01pm

A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.

Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:41pm

A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:31pm

Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20pm

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea.