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

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:11pm

After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes again set all-time highs Thursday as the market built on a surge the previous day. Banks continued to lead the way as bond yields jumped, and small-company stocks soared again.

Carrier factory union chief standing ground against Trump

Tom Davies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:11pm

A local union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter stood his ground Thursday, maintaining the president-elect gave false hope to hundreds of workers by inflating the number of jobs being saved at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis.

The Latest: Hillary Clinton calls fake news a 'danger'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:53pm

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

Figures on government spending and debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:42pm

Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

The Latest: Police name suspect in slaying of NY UPS driver

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:41pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a UPS driver outside a Wal-Mart store in upstate New York (all times local):

Viewership dips for NBC's live showing of 'Hairspray'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:41pm

NBC's live presentation of the musical "Hairspray" reached 9 million viewers, making it the least-watched of the four musicals it has aired, starting when the 2013 presentation of "The Sound of Music" created a sensation.

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:32pm

The House on Thursday cleared bills to keep the government running through April and authorize hundreds of water projects, but a Senate fight over benefits for retired coal miners threatened to lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

Dallas pension system suspends access to some funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:31pm

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

Markets Right Now: US stock indexes close at record highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:11pm

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

Rifts evident as Port Authority wrestles over 10-year plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:11pm

There's dissension in New York's major transportation agency over how it will spend its money over the next decade.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:03pm

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.

Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:53pm

A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:52pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed,livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Idaho projected to see $139M surplus

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

Idaho is on track to finish the fiscal year with $139 million more tax revenue than the 2016 Legislature predicted, if the latest forecast holds true.

Inquest set for Washington state police shooting of Mexican

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

A coroner's inquest to shed more light into the police killing of a Mexican shot numerous times last year by three officers in the Washington state city of Pasco has been scheduled to start on Monday, officials said.

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.

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.

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.