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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.

Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer

Marcela Isaza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:50pm

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.

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.

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Eileen Sullivan, Chad Day and Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:34pm

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware.

Federal regulators decline to reconsider Oregon pipeline

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:23pm

Federal regulators on Friday refused to reconsider a 230-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline that would have terminated in the southern Oregon coastal town of Coos Bay, handing a serious setback to a multi-billion project to deliver the gas to markets in Asia.

Story of Trump letting homeless woman live in hotel is false

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:03pm

The Infowars website acknowledges its story about a homeless woman claiming Republican President-elect Donald Trump has allowed her to stay at his New York hotel free of charge for nine years is "unconfirmed."

France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Sylvie Corbet and Jeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."

Chicago poised to pay $5.3 million in 2 police shootings

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00pm

The city of Chicago is poised to pay more than $5.3 million in two police shootings that made national headlines at a time when the city had just begun its desperate struggle to restore public confidence shattered by the release of a video of a white officer killing black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Ex-trader at Cantor Fitzgerald indicted on securities fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00pm

A former trader for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has been indicted on securities fraud charges.

Ford CEO says Trump threats won't change small car plans

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30pm

Ford Motor Co. is going ahead with plans to move small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico despite President-elect Donald Trump's recent threats to impose tariffs on companies that move work abroad.