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Italian populists renew anti-euro stance while eyeing power

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:24pm

A leader of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is pressing for a vote on whether the country should keep the euro as its official currency, a pitch for support as the party eyes national power for the first time.

Gains for banks and materials lead stocks to all-time highs

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:23pm

After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes set more all-time highs Thursday afternoon as the market built on a surge the previous day. Banks are rising as bond yields increase, and basic materials and technology companies are also climbing. Defense contractors and other industrial companies are taking modest losses.

Prime minister announces handouts as strike cripples Greece

Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:21pm

As thousands of Greeks protested against government spending cuts during a general strike that crippled the country Thursday, struggling Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced one-off measures to ease the burden on pensioners and island residents.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20pm

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:14pm

The U.S. Navy's most technologically advanced destroyer has arrived at its homeport of San Diego after a nearly four-month transit that included some glitches along the way.

Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

A federal judge in Montana has decided not to make public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site involving the U.S. government and the company responsible for the mining waste.

Coke targets "foodies" as more people move away from sodas

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:00pm

For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

Lawsuit accuses Department of Labor of firing whistleblower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:51pm

A former Idaho Department of Labor employee says the agency used subpoena powers to obtain his personal cellphone records and then fired him over the results of the search.

Fishing groups in 4 states seek Atlantic wind farm delay

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and seaport communities in four states have asked a court to stop the federal government from auctioning off the rights to develop a huge offshore windfarm in the Atlantic Ocean between New York and New Jersey.

Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

North Dakota regulators say winter weather is affecting cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River.

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation's fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats.

Dallas pension system suspends access to some funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension system board has voted to suspend all withdrawals and payments coming out of deferred retirement funds.

War of words continues between Trump and union leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30pm

The war of words is escalating between Donald Trump and a union official who suggested that Trump wasn't being truthful about the number of jobs being saved at an Indiana factory.

Big Wyoming wind project closing in on federal eagle permit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30pm

One of the biggest wind energy projects in the U.S. has cleared a major hurdle toward getting a federal permit allowing it to kill eagles.

Delta testing a return to free meals

Kathryn Vasel, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:16pm

Delta could be bringing back a major perk: Free meals in coach.

Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:14pm

It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era.

House passes stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, legislation's fate uncertain in the Senate.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:11pm

House passes stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, legislation's fate uncertain in the Senate.

The Latest: House backs spending bill, Senate fate unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:11pm

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

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

The European Central Bank will pour another half-trillion euros ($579 billion) in newly printed money into the eurozone economy to support its recovery as the currency union heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.