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Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

Tami Abdollah and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:11pm

A national commission was set Friday to deliver urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

2 trapped after building collapses in South Dakota city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

A fire official says rescue workers are concerned about debris shifting as they try to free two people after a building collapsed in a South Dakota city.

Las Vegas welcomes 1st direct commercial flight from Beijing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance are marking the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas.

BP to push ahead with big oil project in the Gulf of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

BP PLC is moving ahead with a $9 billion oil project in the Gulf of Mexico after a cost-cutting redesign, a sign of confidence about future prices for crude.

Trump team says he backs disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, a policy that a spokesman says is not related to Trump's investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline.

Mercosur suspends Venezuela for failure to follow rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:50am

South American nations suspended Venezuela on Friday from the Mercosur trade group over what they said was its failure to comply with the commitments made when it joined the group in 2012.

Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary

Josh Boak and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:50am

When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.

US rig count up 4 this week to 597; Texas adds 7

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:41am

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by four this week to 597.

1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:40am

There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.

US sanctions North Korea over nuclear test

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:21am

Responding to North Korea's recent nuclear test and alleged violations of U.N. resolutions, the U.S. is issuing new sanctions to cut off money to the country and counter what the Treasury Department calls continued "provocative behavior" by Pyongyang.

Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:20am

Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans.

Eurowings settles pay dispute with airline cabin crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:10am

Lufthansa's budget unit Eurowings says it has come to an agreement with its cabin crew to settle a pay dispute.

Emails: LGBT law cost N. Carolina project with 700 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:03am

Internal emails show that city and state officials blame a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections for a company's decision to pick another state for a new project that includes 700 jobs.

Unemployment drops for black Americans and high school grads

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:01am

Many black Americans and people with only a high school education found jobs in November, helping reduce their unemployment rates to levels seen before the Great Recession ravaged the U.S. job market.

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:00am

U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.

Stocks move mostly higher as big dividend payers jump

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:50am

Stocks are slightly higher Friday thanks to gains for companies that pay large dividends. Investors who want income are buying shares of real estate and phone companies and household goods retailers as bond yields fall. The drop in bond yields is also affecting banks, which are slipping after a huge rally over the last few weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed at a record high a day ago, is down slightly.

US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6%

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:48am

U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.